Zambia’s bid to qualify for his or her first-ever Fifa World Cup finals suffered an enormous setback after they performed the higher a part of the match with 10 males to lose 2-0 to Equatorial Guinea at Nuevo Estadio de Malabo on Thursday.
A Thirty fifth-minute purpose by Saul Coco and a later strike by Emilio Nsue sank the Zambians who slid down from second spot in Group B to 3rd.
Equatorial Guinea swapped positions with Chipolopolo and at the moment are in second place behind leaders Tunisia who have been attributable to play Mauritania at dwelling afterward.
After dropping 2-0 to Tunisia at dwelling of their final match, it was a second consecutive defeat for Chipolopolo who had began the marketing campaign on a promising observe with an away 2-1 victory over Mauritania.
On Thursday, hosts Equatorial Guinea began with Getafe midfielder Jose Miranda Boacho, former Middlesbrough defender Nsue and various gamers who ply their commerce within the Spanish decrease leagues.
Zambia coach Beston Chambeshi arrived in Malabo with out one in all their key gamers, captain Enock Mwepu of Brighton & Hove Albion.
Mwepu has a groin harm whereas the Djurgadens duo of striker Edward Chilufya and midfielder Emmanuel Banda might additionally not journey to Malabo however shall be out there for the return leg in Lusaka on Sunday.
Halfway via Thursday’s match, issues turned horrible for Chipolopolo when midfielder Prince Mumba was red-carded within the twenty fifth minute.
With Zambia now having to take care of their numerical drawback, the hosts struck 10 minutes later via Las Palmas defender Coco.
Zambia struggled to hit the again of the web till the match went for half-time whereas they trailed.
Chambeshi launched Zesco United midfielder Kelvin Mubanga for Lubambo Musonda on 64 minutes however Zambia nonetheless struggled for creativity.
The guests have been additionally battling to cowl up for being one man quick and even the withdrawal of Clatous Chama for Larry Bwalya couldn’t assist issues.
A misfiring Trend Sakala additionally needed to be substituted with eight minutes to go however the introduction of Moses Phiri was not efficient.
As Zambia sought options to at the least stage issues, the hosts ended the competition when Nsue struck deep into harm time to deflate the Zambians.
Chipolopolo will now host Nzalang Nacional on Sunday as they search to recuperate from Thursday’s setback.
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