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Zambia Daily Mail | Chipolopolo Defeat the Cranes – Africa Cup of Nations | ZAMBIA 1 UGANDA 0

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Posted September 9, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 2,666 views

     

CHISHALA MUSONDA reports: A NARROW home win yesterday left Zambia’s chances of making it to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals to defend the title hanging by a thread as the Cranes of Uganda frustrated the African champions in the first leg in Ndola. Before a highly anticipating crowd that took almost every seat in the 40,100-seater Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Zambia was left counting the squandered opportunities as Uganda gleefully plot a backlash in the return match set for October 13 in Kampala.

Winning the Africa Cup against all odds earlier in the year, Zambia will now need to overcome a highly motivated Uganda in Kampala. Captain Christopher Katongo delivered the losel goal of the game in the 21st minute after some dismal defending in the Cranes rear guard as Zambia dominated the opening half before Uganda took the game to the Zambians in the second stanza. Katongo later hit the post in Zambia’s search for another goal in the second half, substitute James Chamanga was denied by an agile Cranes goalie Denis Onyango while Jonas Sakuwaha cross kissed the goal-mouth with no one to poke it in.

Displaying some sparkling ball skill and making Cranes players chase shadows in the opening moments of the match, Zambia were just short of stamping its authority as the nation ruling Africa in football. It took only two minutes for Emmanuel Mayuka to sniff the opponent’s goal but the effort was ballooned before Stophila Sunzu forced an agile save from Onyango five minutes later with a close-range header. From there on, it was one way for Zambia with Nathan Sinkala calling the shots in the midfield but up-front the strikers failed to have a clear edge of the visitors who defended with a block of six players any time under threat.

Uganda offered little opposition with Emmanuel Okwi trying a long range that did not trouble Kennedy Mweene in the Zambia goal on the quarter of an hour before Felix Katongo almost gave Zambia the lead when he gifted himself with an opportunity in the box but Onyango reacted quickly to save his side on 18 minutes. With Zambia moving forward, the Uganda defence offered little resistance as they fell apart at any advance and it paid off in the 21 minute when Katongo poked home the eventual match winner in a defensive mishap.

The packed Cranes in the box failed to make any contact to a Davies Nkausu throw and Katongo was all alone for the goal that sent the crowd into a frenzy. The Cranes tried to respond almost immediately but Sunzu and Hichani Himoode stood firm at the back before Kalaba’s ball hit the side netting after flying over the human wall from a free kick on 38 minutes while Onyango needed a second chance to stop Isaac Chansa’s shot just before the break. On restart, Zambia were on top with Mayuka again making an initial attempt at goal but the tide changed in Uganda’s favour who re-organised themselves and started to dictate play through Hassan Waswa, Tonny Mawejje and Moses Oloya on the right.

The Cranes gained too much space on the right, the void left by an advancing Emmanuel Mbola and on 58 minutes, Mweene was exposed to a cross that Sunzu and Uganda’s Okwi both missed. On a counter, initiated by Kalaba on the left, he shifted attack to Chansa to tee off Katongo but the striker hit the post. Needing another goal, Herve Renard made a double substitution withdrawing Mayuka and Chansa for Chamanga and Sakuwaha while Kalaba retreated into the midfield role but the switch did little impact on the game to change the scoreline.

Chamanga had a face-to-face situation with the goalkeeper but Onyango thwarted the Zambian attacker on 76 minute and on the other end, Mweene was forced into saving a Day Wagaluka shot on the right on the 83 minutes. Zambia tried to push forward but in vain until the final whistle.

Line-ups:
Zambia: Kennedy Mweene, Davies Nkausu, Emmanuel Mbola, Hichani Himoode, Stopilla Sunzu, Nathan Sinkala, Isaac Chansa (63’ Jonas Sakuwaha), Rainford Kalaba, Felix Katongo (74’ Chisamba Lungu), Emmanuel Mayuka (62’ James Chamanga) and Christopher Katongo.

Uganda: Denis Onyango, Andrew Mwesigwa, Simeon Massa, Godfrey Walusimbi, Henry Kalungi, Hassan Waswa, Moses Okwi (80’ Day Wagaluka), Geoffrey Kizito, Emmanuel Okwi (89’ Robert Sentongo), Tonny Mawejje and Mike Serumaga (46’ Hamiz Kiiza).


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