Junior Chipolopolo thrash Seychelles

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Mtonga died on Sunday in a road traffic accident in Kabwe just eight months after taking charge at Warriors from Levy Chabala.

Seychelles rocked the Zambians when they took a 2nd minute lead. Zambia looked lax and unprepared when Ian Mellie slotted in the opener to leave George Lwandamina’s boys stunned.

However, the Junior Chipolopolo quickly recovered from the early setback.

Influential striker Emmanuel Mayuka, who was one of Mtonga’s key strikers during his tenure, equalised in the 9th minute.

Three minutes later Judge Mukandawire made it 2-1 when he finished off a rebound from Michael Katongo’s, no relation to former Jomo Cosmos duo Christopher and Felix Katongo, earlier effort.

Mayuka could have added his second in the 23rd minute with a cheeky lob over Seychelles goalkeeper Julio Toulon, but Kevin Qatre was quick to clear the ball before it crossed the line.

A cross from Warriors playmaker Henry Banda on the right found Mayuka who rifled in from the near left post to make it 3-1.

Mayuka could have dispatched at least five more chances had he been more composed in front of goal in the opening half.

Banda, on the other hand, was turning sole provider for Zambia who needed an emphatic score line to help keep them in the hunt for a semi-final place on Friday in a very tight Group B.

His cross in the 28th minute found Red Arrows winger Simon Lupiya in front of the goalmouth who headed in the ball to make it 4-1.

Judge Mukandawire too was a benefactor of Banda's vision and craft and the Arrows striker headed in Zambia's 5th on the half-hour mark to see Zambia go 5-1 into the break.

Seychelles threatened after the break but Zambia stayed firmly in control with a 55th minute goal from Musonda Munaile, son of ex-Zambia and Zanaco player Emmanuel Munaile, showing some promise with some good passing and vision in the middle of the park.

Daniel Banda rounded off the scoring with a good strike late on to make it 7-1 to Zambia.