The Zimbabwe men’s senior football team, the Warriors, lost 4-5 to Chipolopolo of Zambia after a penalty shoot-out in the second of the opening day fixtures of the four-nation tournament being hosted by Zambia in Ndola.
By SportBrief Reporter
The Warriors got their first goal in the 47th minute when Zambian defender Isaac Shamujompa scored an own goal.
Few minutes later, Justin Shonga revived the home team’s hopes after getting an equalizer in the 64th minute.
Seven minutes later, Baroka forward Talent Chawapiwa smashed home a long range strike to consolidate Zimbabwe’s lead before Lazarous Kambole got an equaliser in the added time.
The Warriors adopted a defensive approach in the first half as they were more than happy to sit back and try to catch the hosts on the counter-attack.
But with Zambia taking the game to Zimbabwe, the visitors’ number one George Chigova had to be at his best as he pulled a string of saves to keep the score-line at 0-0 heading into the break.
However, it was a different story in the second half with the Warriors drawing first blood via an own goal from Isaac Shamujompa in the first minute of the half.
The hosts, not wanting to be outdone restored parity in the 64th minute courtesy of Justin Shonga. But Zimbabwe continued to look dangerous on the counter-attack and six minutes later they restored the lead with Talent Chawapiwa smashing home a long range strike.
The Warriors hung onto the lead with Chigova again being called into action a couple of times and thought they had the match in the bag only for Lazarous Kambole to equalise for Zambia right at the death of stoppage time in the 93rd minute.
That late strike took the match into penalties where the Warriors ultimately succumbed to a 5-4 defeat to the Zambians.
Zambia won the match after 5-4 penalty shoot out victory.
Zambia: T. Nsabata, S. Sakala, R. Kabwe, I. Shamujompa, Z. Tembo(C), S. Phiri, A. Mulenga, E. Mwepu, B. Mwila, J. Shonga, F. Sakala
Zimbabwe : G. Chigova, T. Hadebe, C. Moyo, A. Chicksen, M. Munetsi, A. Mudimu, M. Nakamba (C), O. Karuru, S. Songani, T. Kadewere, E. Rusike