Friday, February 23, 2024

Niger Stun Zambia to Deflate Early Qualification Push

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Zambia’s bid to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup suffered a blow following a 2-1 away loss to Niger on day-two of Group E action.

Niger scored two early goals in the first half to end Chipolopolo’s bright start to the World Cup qualifiers ignited by last Friday’s 4-2 home win over Congo in Ndola.

The West Africans led after six minutes when Amadou Moutary tapped in from close range after the Zambian backline was exposed.

Boubacar Goumey doubled Niger’s lead on 28 minutes to stun coach Avram Grant and his Zambian team.

England based striker Patson Daka pulled one back for Zambia five minutes after the break but Niger held on to record a famous win.

Niger last Saturday kicked off the World Cup qualifiers with a 1-0 loss to Tanzania.

Meanwhile, Morocco have thumped Tanzania 2-0 in the other Group E match played on Tuesday night.

7 COMMENTS

  1. The defense is very porous. If we play Morocco with such a porous defense, expect 10 goals.
    This is the worst defensive play I have seen for some time. You can’t allow strikers going through the defenders like they are your in-laws. Rubbish performance/

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    • It’s not defense, it’s the goalkeeper. Zambia has never had goalkeeper in past 3 years.
      Then you found that girl with dreads, and you bench him today and replace that lazy with beards and attitude.
      Try Kelvin Kampamba in goal.

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  2. We need Frankie Musonda back in central defense and also bring in a traditional defensive midfielder.
    Klings Kangwa is not a defensive midfielder but more attacking.

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  3. It will be a tragedy to fail to qualify when there are so many places for Africa. It will be the biggest failure ever!!

  4. BRING KALU BACK AS FAZ PRESIDENT
    AVRAM GRANT ACCORDING TO MIKEL OBI IS NO COACH AT ALL
    FOOTBALL IS ABOUT TALENT PLUS TACTICS
    ASK PEP

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