Zambia through to CHAN second round


The win sees Zambia sail through 4-1 on aggregate after drawing 1-1 in the first leg played in Manzini a fortnight ago.

The Chipolopolo’s victory sees them book a first round meeting with Botswana away during the weekend of May 3.

Zambia struggled to find the net in the opening half despite outplaying their opponents throughout the 90 minutes.

Roger Kola put Zambia ahead in the 16th minute when he bundled the ball home just a minute after hitting the upright in his second of three attempts within the opening 20 minutes.

Zambia's goal came just a minute after Swaziland almost stole an embarrassing opener against the run of play through Concia Mazibuko but he fluffed the ball in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Mike Poto.

The Zambians took their 1-0 lead into the break.

Kaumba's team continued to blow hot and cold in attack with Kola missing a sitter in the 51st minute before he was substituted four minutes later by the unimpressive Signs Chibambo.

It was through Power Dynamos winger Kennedy Mudenda that Zambia got its final two goals in the second half to make sure they reached the first round for a rendezvous with Botswana next month.

Mudenda's speculative long-range shot in the 71st minute was parried by Njapaliso Simmelane, but Emmanuel Mayuka was quickest to react to slot in from close range to score Zambia's second.

Mudenda then turned from provider to scorer when he slalomed past Swaziland's defenders and Simmelane to walk the ball into the net in the 81st minute.

It was a case of Déjà Vu for Swaziland at Woodlands Stadium, where they also lost to Zambia by the same margin three years ago in the COSAFA Castle Cup mini-tournament.