Zambia suffered another loss in the CAF 2019 Qualifiers campaign, this time away to Guinea Bissau. Angrily driving into that territory where Chipolopolo is known to put it`s fans in unnecessary mathematical calculations.
Chipolopolo took the lead as early as 11th minute through Justine Shonga`s free kick only to come and lose with the first fifteen minutes from half time through Stoppila Sunzu`s own goal and Toni Brito Silva in the 52nd and 60th minute respectively.
Sven Vandenbroeck`s men were never in the game and the loss followed the same starting line up that won the revered fixture in Lusaka on Wednesday.
Chipolopolo Team Selection:
Sven decided to start the same winning team he started in Lusaka, but the display was way too different. And it got worse when the team took the lead early and they became too relaxed thinking it would be the same outcome as in Lusaka.
The team looked disjointed the entire match. The two wing backs were suspects as it lead to the
equalizer when Solomon sakala was easily beaten to expose Sunzu and Kabaso Chongo in the central defense.
The midfield was also unable to control and command the same system the coach employed. Lubambo Musonda, enock mwepu, Nathan sinkala, Cletus Choma Chota and Augustine Mulenga never stepped up the game.
The home side were very comfortable without any threat from them. As compared to the
previous game, the statistics showed that Chipolopolo created less chances in Guinea Bissau than in Zambia.
The mental strength was also too low as the “wild dogs“ provokable behaviour defeated the
Chipolopolo in that area. May be the likes of experienced Rainford Kalaba could have helped if introduced earlier.
Guinea Bissau Squad:
They started the game very terribly and could have conceded early when Mwepu missed a clear chance in the 8th. Chipolopolo failed to capitalize on the shaky start from the home side.
Due to lack of threat from Zambia, the “wild dogs“ seemed to be assured on the ball than Chipolopolo, as shown with the two quick goals and the way they controlled the second half.
This is Zambia`s second loss in the afcon qualifiers already and Sven is going into that territory where Chipolopolo side puts it`s fans in unnecessary mathematical calculations.
Chipolopolo Frightening Mathematics and Character
This is the character and type of mentality that Sven must learn. No more than often Chipolopolo fails to perform when it matters most
The team lacked maturity, taking the lead away was very important, but killing the game was another thing.
The players were more comfortable thinking the game was over and forgot there was 79 minutes to play. Zambia has two remaining fixtures to play. Namibia home and away to Mozambique.
Winning the two games would see Chipolopolo qualify to 2019 AFCON to be held in Cameroon.