Guinea Bissau yesterday served Zambia the same 2-1 scoreline that Chipolopolo managed in their first clash last week, Wednesday, in Lusaka that has seen the West Africas top group K in the AFCON qualifiers.
Three scares by Guinea characterized the first four minutes of the game while Zambia had only tried one shot over the bar. A free kick after Red Bull Salzburg’s Enock Mwepu got fouled near the 18 box presented Zambia a chance to take lead.
Orlando Pirates’ Justine Shonga did not disappoint as his beautifully taken free kick gave Chipolopolo the lead in the 12th minute of the first half.
Guinea equalized through an own goal by Stopilla Sunzu whomkisc an effort to deflect a shot from a Guinea forward. A couple of back-to-back counter attacks by both sides rocked the early minutes of the second half and it was only fruitful to the Guineans side as they found the back of the net in the 65th minute.
Sven hoped the replacement of Augustine Mulenga by Lazarous Kambole could change things for the Copper bullets in the 78th minute while Patson Daka and TP Mazembe’s Reinford Kalaba made little positive improvement to the team adjustments.
A golden chance for Zambia in the 82nd minute went too wide to allow Chipolopolo boys to equalize. An expression of disappointment could be seen on Patson Daka but the attacks were mostly blocked by Guinea’s Luis Mendez.
Three minutes of additional time could not help as Zambia left Guinea empty handed with a 2-1 defeat.