Zambia were stunned by 10-man Ethiopia who rallied to hold the defending champions to a 1-1 draw at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on January 21.
Kennedy Mweene: His 23rd minute save of Saladin Said's penalty was his best
moment in the game. He was caught flat-footed for Adane Girma's equaliser.
Davies Nkausu: Worked hard for his money on Monday to help complement a poor
Stopilla Sunzu but struggled for pace and winning balls.
Hichani Himonde: Was short on pace and felt the pressure and almost added to
Zambia’s misery had Said scored in the 73rd minute.
29th minute free-kick deflected off the Ethiopia wall and was his only positive
contribution in the game.
Stopilla Sunzu: He had his poorest game to date. Sluggish and unsure of what to
Joseph Musonda: Out of position and was at fault for Adane Girma's goal.
Replaced by Jacob Mulenga in the 61st minute.
Nathan Sinkala: Failed to give his backline enough cover. He had a great chance
to put Zambia ahead in the 26th minute but it was frustrating to witness his
had his 86th minute pass reached Mbesuma, it would have redeemed him had the
latter not been a faction late for the ball.
Isaac Chansa: For a while he won the combative battle with Saladin Said. His
assist for Mbesuma's goal went some way in enhancing his modest display.
close to scoring in the 55th minute but effort went wide. Made way for Mukuka Mulenga
in the 75th minute.
Rainford Kalaba: Kalaba had a frustrating day. Created openings for Katongo and
Mbesuma and toiled all night.
Lungu Chisamba: Had another consistent game despite his major part in
Ethiopia's penalty and was instrumental in goalkeeper Bushura Tasew sending
Christopher Katongo: He had a glorious chance wasted from a Kalaba assist in the
Mbesuma for most of the game who had an easy time finding space and instead went
in search of personal glory.
Collins Mbesuma: Suffered from poor service and when he did get quality balls
he showed why is he the renaissance man.
debut goal will forever be remember as the goal that kept Zambia’s hopes alive
Jacob Mulenga: Replaced Musonda in the 61st minute. His shooting and aerial
threat was poor and failed to use his pace and power to make any impact.
Mukuka Mulenga: Came on for Isaac Chansa in the 75th minute. He was
a handful for Ethiopia’s defenders. But it was a case of too little too late
for a team that still had 11 men on the pitch.
Mayuka: Replaced Christopher Katongo in the 83rd minute. Apart from the off
side call in the 88th minute after he was put through by Mukuka Mulenga, Mayuka
had little impact in the seven minutes he was on the pitch.