JOB done! Zambia were made to work for the three points in the 4-2 win over Congo Brazzaville in a Group E match of the 2026 World Cup Qualifier at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Zambia’s front three of Patson Daka, Lameck Banda and Fashion Sakala scored a goal each to give Zambia an idea start to the qualifiers.
In the opening four minutes, things were going to script for Chipolopolo who were headed into the lead by Daka from an Emmanuel Banda cross.
However, Congo, who only arrived in Zambia 14:00hours before kick off posed a scare when they equalized though Silvere Ganvoula in the 13th minute.
Before Zambia could recover from losing their lead, the visitors added a second when Mons Bassouamina beat Francis Mwansa in the Zambia goal.
At this point in the game, Congo summoned their delaying tactics to frustrate Zambia who were backed by a partizan crowed.
With the game poised to head into half time in favour of the visitors, Lameck Banda provided some spectacular display to restor parity for Zambia.
The Italy based winger beat a defender before shooting from a tight angle in the 43rd minute to bring the match to 2-all.
In the second half, ZambIa gained some control of the game and they were gifted with lead in the 69th minute.
Fashion Sakala turned in a Banda cross to give Zambia it’s third.
In the 89th minute, there was still time for Daka to complete his brace and take the score line to 4-2 in favour of Zambia.
The team has now shifted focus to the next game against Niger which will be played on Tuesday in Morocco.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 17th November, 2023)
CAF Awards: Barbra Banda makes the cut, Copper Queens misses out
IN BITTERSWEET news for Zambian football, striker Barbra Banda has been named among the finalists for the prestigious CAF Women’s Player of the Year award, but the Copper Queens have missed out on the final three for the National Team of the Year accolade.
The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has released the final nominees for various categories of the 2023 Awards that have been set for the Moroccan city of Marrakech on Monday.
There is a mixture of good and bad news for Zambia in that Banda has made it on the final three for the player of the year award in the women’s category but there was no place for the Copper Queens in the national team of the year category.
The Copper Queens had been in the race to be named the national team of the year, having made the initial top five nominee list but have since failed to make the cut for the final three.
The team has fallen off alongside Senegal, leaving the stage for Morocco, Nigeria and African champions South Africa.
On the bright side of things, Banda could be named the player of the year in the women’s category but she has to fend off competition from Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala and Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 7th December, 2023)
Zambia are Netball Champions
ZAMBIA have lifted the Africa Netball Cup in Botswana after defeating Namibia 57-55 in a tightly contested final.
The team has been impressive over the course of the tournament but appeared to meet their match in the final.
Zambia took a first quarter lead, but by the time the game was reaching half time the teams were tied at 23-23.
Namibia then controlled the game in the third quarter and managed to record a 35-33 lead.
Zambia did not give up, stretching the game into extra time when they tied 43-43 at full time.
In the end, the team managed the game and ran home 57-55 winners to be crowned champions.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 6th December, 2023)
Copper Queens Masterclass! Zambia put World Cup lessons to practice
ZAMBIA turned up the heat on Angola, again beating their opponent 6-0 at a near-full to-capacity Levy Mwanawasa Stadium to wrap up the Women Africa Cup of Nations (WAfCON) qualifiers with a 12-0 aggregate win.
The impressive crowd at the stadium got what they bargained for with the team putting a perfect performance, showing no mercy to Angola who never stood a chance going into this game.
Carrying a 6-0 advantage from the first leg, Zambia could still have qualified with a draw or slim defeat but the team was in no mood to compromise.
They got things running as early as the fifth minute when Rachael Kundananji benefited from a defensive lapse to score the opener.
By the time it was reaching the 14th minute, one turned two for Zambia when skipper Barbra Banda scored for the Copper Queens.
Leading 2-0 at the break, Zambia turned on the heat in the second half with veteran Susan Banda scored a screamer to triple Zambia’s advantage in this game.
There was still time Avell Chitundu, Esther Banda and Kundananji to score and take the scoreline to 6-0.
The scoreline probably suggests that the team picked valuable lessons from the likes of Spain and Japan at the World Cup in New Zealand.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 5th December, 2023)