• Zambia became the first nation to score more than once in a single game at the 2020 CHAN.
By Beng Emmanuel
Milutin Micho Sredojevic guided Zambia to their first win at the 2020 CHAN as the Chipolopolo’s beat Tanzania 2-0 in their group D opener in Limbe.
Collins Sikombe won and scored a penalty to unlock Tanzania’s defence while Emmanuel Chabula netted a delightful right foot volley from close range to seal a win.
Tanzania suffered a huge blow after their captain John Bocco was ruled out of the Tanzania clash which apparently became the genesis of their debacle group D debut in a game they rarely carved out chances.
Zambia showed determination to win the first half while Tanzania dominated possession… but failed to reap massive benefits.
Tanzania’s keeper Aishi Manula made a string of first half saves to deny the Chipolopolo’s the lead. Collins Sikombe’s powerful strike from the edge of the box left the goalkeeper unperturbed while Emmanuel Chabula had his screamer pushed back and later saved by the keeper.
At the other end of the field Zambia goalie Allan Chibwe frequently misjudged several actions especially set pieces but Tanzania were particularly sluggish to take advantage of such carelessness.
Zambia grew in intensity upon resumption and got their breakthrough with some help from Tanzania’s defence. Collins Sikombe’s one time left-foot finish from a cross was blocked by a Shomani Kapoma’s hand. He then converted a penalty which hit the post before going in at the opposite site of the net.
Tanzania woke up from slumber and dug deep for a point but their rivals were bent on keeping a clean sheet.
Collins Sikombe almost got a second 15 minutes to the end but couldn’t fire past Tanzania keeper while Emmanuel Chabula tap-in from the follow-up went a little off target to the dismay of many.
But the forward-Chabula made amends for his miss and scored a right foot volley from Collins Sikombe right cross to seal a deserving win.
Zambia temporally take the lead in group D while waiting for the results of the Guinea and Namibia clash. They are making their fourth appearance at the African Nations football championship. Their best finish was in 2009 when they finished third. They’ve also reached the quarterfinals twice in a row in 2016.
They hope to dethrone Morocco as champions this year for a maiden trophy.
Zambia 2-0 Tanzania
[Collins Sikombe-64min penalty/Emmanuel Chabula 81min (assist Collins Sikombe)
Man of the Match Award: Collins Sikombe (Zambia)