Zambians on social media have reacted with disappointment following Zambia’s draw against neighbours Democratic Republic of Congo in Chipolopolo’s first Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after missing out the last three edition.
Zambia had a lackluster showing and only managed three shots on goal compared to DR Congo’s 25.
The net reacted harshly saying Zambia was lucky to have even drawn the match after Congo shockingly failed to convert plenty of chances.
Veteran defender and 2012 AFCON winner Stopilla Sunzu however received the plaudits for his rock solid showing at defence, with his partnership in central defence alongside Scottish based defender Frankie Musonda keeping the relentless Congolese waves of attack at bay.
AFCON 2012 winning captain Christopher Katongo praised his former teammate for a rock solid performance.
“Thank you Stopilla for showing the boys how Solid you was and still is. Pure Leadership and experience in the tournament,” Katongo posted.
“We have a lot to work on and most of the boys having this as their first time at the biggest African stage TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations it’s not a good start.
“Goalkeeper ena wakulekafye… Beautiful display of goal keeping ♥️🇿🇲⚽
Let’s do this team. ♥️🇿🇲⚽🤝”
Musician Jay Rox had a similar opinion.
“The landlord has saved us. Thank you Sunzu 🙏🏾🙏🏾.”
Zambian musician Willz also known as Mr Nyopole questioned the team’s training methods.
“So what exactly do we do ku training ai?
MMD leader Nevers Mumba humorously said he was ‘nevers’ during the match.
“I AM Sooooo
NEVERS…,” he posted on his social media account.
“My hands are still shaking 😅. Yoooooo,” exclaimed Gospel singer Abel Chungu on Facebook.
President Hakainde Hichilema however had words of encouragement for the team.
The President said on X, formerly known as Twitter, that gaining a draw from the match was positive.
“Well done boys. Most importantly, we collected a point. Eyes on the next game.
We love you #Chipolopolo.🇿🇲.”
A Kings Kangwa goal was cancelled by a Yoane Wissa strike resulting in a stalemate at the Laurent Pokou Stadium in San Pedro, Ivory Coast.
Zambia plays Tanzania on Sunday in their next match with Morocco being the opponents in their final Group F encounter.
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