AFCON: Zambia draw against Tanzania, as 10-man Chipolopolo squad keeps hopes alive


10-man Chipolopolo denied Tanzania their first ever win at the Africa Cup of Nations by snatching a late equaliser in a dramatic match played at Laurent Pokou Stadium in San Pedro, Ivory Coast.

Leicester City striker, Patson Daka, cancelled out a 1-nil Tanzanian lead with a superb header from a Clatous Chama corner in the 88th minute.

The goal earned Daka a Man of the Match award in a game where Zambia was expected to win.

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Chipolopolo went down one goal to nil in the 11th minute after Simon Msuva capitalized from a Zambian error.

Chipolopolo defender, Frankie Musonda, passed the ball to midfielder Kelvin Kapumbu only to be dispossessed by Mbwana Samatta who in turn fed a killer pass into the path of Msuva in the box, with the Tanzanian forward firing home.

It was a dramatic first half that saw captain, Roderick Kabwe, sent off for a second bookable offence at the stroke of half time.

The red card compounded the lackluster showing from a Zambian side whose coach Avram Grant received a yellow card as he protested Kabwe’s sending off.

The result left Zambia in third position in Group F on two points, same number of points as Democratic Republic of Congo who drew with Morocco earlier.

The result meant the North Africans top the group on four points going into the match against Zambia this Wednesday.

Zambia would need to improve if they are to salvage something from a Moroccan side that is currently ranked number one in Africa.

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