CHAN 2018 (Group B):
- Zambia 2-0 Cote D’Ivoire
- Namibia 1-0 Uganda
Zambia became the third country (after hosts Morocco and Sudan) to progress to the quarter finals of the 2018 CHAN Tournament in Morocco on Thursday.
The Chipolopolo Stars outwitted Cote D’Ivoire 2-0 in a group B match played at Marrakech stadium.
Augustine Kabaso Mulenga scored in either half for the much needed victory.
Mulenga broke the deadlock after eight minutes when Lazarous Kambole recovered possession midway through the Elephants half setting up the Zanaco forward who fired past Ble Zadi for his second of the tournament.
Kondwani Mtonga came close to increasing Zambia’s lead but his close range header from Kapumbu’s long throw was unconvincingly gathered by Zadi.
Friday Samu who led the line for Zambia cut in from the right side of attack to play a neat past to Kambole who shot wide.
Ivorian winger Fonsinho dribbled past Kapumbu on the right before curling a shot which Toaster Nsabata saved.
Mbewe who was a threat for Elephants on flanks headed Mulenga’s well timed cross on the left against the crossbar on the half hour mark.
Mulenga secured victory for Zambia 18 minutes from time with a composed finish after Mbewe ran through the opponents midfield to set him up the second of the day.
Later, debutants Namibia overcame a 10 man Uganda Cranes side 1-0 to record their second win in the campaign, and qualify as well to the quarter finals.
Man of the Match: Augustine Mulenga (Zambia)