MOÇAMBIQUE made history after beating Zambia at Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola. Zambia played the Mambas in the first round of Total Afcon Qualifier 2017.
The only goal of the match came late (90) from Stanley Ratifo when he passed clean the Zambian defence and Kennedy Mweene was late to clasp for any hope. For Moçambique the result was a turnround as it is the first win the mambas have recorded against Zambia.
Zambia rushed every build up but remained unsustainable for a winner as they lacked a ball maker. They failed to break through the organised Mocambique defense. A disjointed `Chipolopolo saw Kondwani Mtonga laboured so efficiently but the shortfall was too much for him alone to rectify.
Fwayo Tembo pushed matters when his cross was missed by the skipper heading it away before another effort that inched closely away. Waves of wing attacks by the visitors saw Zambia labour until in the 90th minute the defense broke.
Later Zambia will have to play group K counterparts Guinea-Bissau and Namibia
Zambia: Kennedy Mweene; Fackson Kapumbu, Phiri (sub-John Ching’andu 33′), Stoppila Sunzu, ZiyoTembo – Silwimba, Fwayo Tembo, Lungu, Kondwani Mtongo, Rainford Kalaba (sub-Singuluma 72′), Collins Mbesuma (sub-Dave Daka 47′)
Mozambique: Timane; Januario, Chavango Junior, Matsimbe, Ratifo, Sitoe, Mandava (Miquissone 65′), Gabriel Dove, Pelembe, Kambala, Bauque