Mauritania vs Zambia Player Focus: The dry heat in Mauritania seemed to have taken a toll more on Edward Chilufya than any other Zambian player on the pitch. It is understandable, almost five years he’s been playing football in Scandinavia.
Prince Mumba has some good attributes but being a playmaker is none of it. His ball control is not bad, his dribbling isn’t that sleek and smooth but alright, and his vision is not that piercing although he made that assist for the skipper. I would suggest Rally Bwalya Jnr in Mumba’s stead. Better still, Enock Mwepu can be a Zidane of this team.
Solomon Sakala made such herky-jerky movements throughout the match which suggested that he wasn’t ready for the match. I doubt if he had made any recoveries at all. It would have been better to start Benson Sakala Jr.
Patson Daka Jnr played somewhat reservedly and was not well-fed. However, he made some noteworthy link plays with Lubambo Sailas Musonda and indeed one led to the build-up of the winner. I’m seeing Patson pulling all the stops against Tunisia.
Mwenya Chibwe was impressive with his decision-making. He showed how good and comfortable he is with his feet.
Beston Chambeshi has surprised many with his pick of the squad. It is every coach’s liberty to call a squad he thinks can get him results. Beston went for youth continued with much of the lads who last brought Zambia glory. Not a bad idea, however, I feel his squad is yet to be tried.
Has Beston improved on his game management? We will see.