Monday, March 25, 2019

Namibia Miraculous Qualified For The 2019 AFCON


Brave Warriors qualified for Afcon despite hammed 4-1 by Zambia in their final qualifying match.
The Brave Warriors qualified for Afcon on Saturday's final qualifying match against Chipolopolo at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, despite being hammered 4-1 by Zambia in their final qualifying match. Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti says they will be no pushovers at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals even though they are not a household name in African football. 

Namibia finished as Group K runners-up after being thrashed 4-1 by Zambia in their final qualifying match in Lusaka at the weekend. With their only two previous appearances at Afcon finals ending at the group stages, Mannetti is already refusing to let his side be bullied at Egypt 2019 in June.

How This Happened?

Mozambique was third on seven points, and Zambia was at bottom of the Group K log standings with only four points. This meant that Zambia, who were up for their last encounter against the Brave Warriors on Saturday, had no chance to qualify. Mozambique needed to beat their hosts in Guinea Bissau on Saturday, which would put them on 10 points, past Namibia and Guinea Bissau, who would have remained stuck on eight points. For Namibia, a draw (one point) in Lusaka was an assurance for a ticket to the African Nations Cup Finals in Egypt no matter the outcome in Guinea Bissau


In the final stage of the two matches, Mozambique seemed to qualify as they led 2-1 against Guinea Bissau. Namibia, who trailed Zambia 0-3 at that time, looked poised for disaster. If the two matches had ended that way – the Brave Warriors were going to kiss their participation in this year's Afcon goodbye, but as fate had it, Guinea Bissau pulled a goal back in added time to cancel out that worst scenario for coach Ricardo Mannetti and his charges. The final results of the group matches meant Guinea Bissau finished top with nine points. Namibia and Mozambique were tied on second place with eight points each. 


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However, according to Fifa rules, Namibia qualified because they were superior to Mozambique in the competition – having beaten Mozambique 2-1 during the first leg in Windhoek, and 1-0 with Peter Shalulile's lone strike in Maputo in the second leg. Thus, the Brave Warriors, who played Zambia in Saturday's match as if they were not interested in qualifying for the nations cup tournament in Egypt, have Guinea to thank for pulling them past the last hurdle.


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Mwape A Hidden Dagger In Zambian Squad For Namibia

Zambian National Football Team, Chipolopolo's squad for Namibia Clash unveiled. Photo: PSL
Chipolopolo caretaker coach Aggrey Chiyangi has named his 20-member squad for the 23rd March, in African Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia. Chiyangi has handed a call up to in-form South Africa based striker Mwape Musonda whose 12 goals in the ABSA Premiership has put him on top of the charts. Seven foreign-based players have been summoned for the formality fixture billed for the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium next Saturday. 

According to an interim Zambia national team coach Aggrey Chiyangi revealed that he will summon a number of foreign based players for the Egypt 2019 AFCON qualifier against Namibia slated for Heroes Stadium on March 23rd. The Green Eagles boss says he will summon about six or seven players. He is also considering roping in current PSL top goalscorer Mwape Musonda. 

The Black Leopards champ, Mwape a forward striker has scored 12 goals in 20 games including a hatrick over the weekend as he looks to win the top goalscorer award a season after winning the NFD award for most goals. “Yes we have to call some foreign based players apart from those playing for the U23. Those we have to leave them.We looking at summoning six or seven foreign based players,” Chiyagi told the ZamFoot crew in an interview on Wednesday. “What we are going to do is is when we sit down we are going to discuss and see if we can invite him so that we can have a look at him. It is always important to bring all the players doing well so that you can see what they can offer, ” he added. 

Zambia will host Namibia on March 23rd at the Heroes Stadium. Zambia have already been eliminated from the race to Egypt but the match still has alot of impact on who will make it to the final tournament. 

FULL SQUAD 

Defenders: Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns-RSA), Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos),Simon Silwimba, Clement Mwape (Zesco United), Gift Zulu (Nkana), Lawrence Chungu, Isaac Shamujompa (Buildcon), Kabaso Chongo (TP Mazembe-DRC), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes)

Midfielders: Salulani Phiri (Polokwane City-RSA), Benson Sakala (Power Dynamos), Mike Katiba (Green Buffaloes), Ernest Mbewe (Zanaco), Clatous Chama (Simba-Tanzania), Augustine Mulenga (Orlando Pirates-RSA) 

Strikers: Justin Shonga, (Orlando Pirates-RSA), Lazarous Kambole (Zesco United), Moses Phiri (Buildcon), Musonda Mwape (Black Leopards-RSA), Lameck Silwaba (Buildcon) (Source: FAZ)


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