AFCON 2019 Qualifier: Zambia Sink Guinea-Bissau
Zambia beat Guinea-Bissau in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers
Zambia beat Guinea-Bissau 2-1 in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played at the Heroes Stadium on Wednesday 10 October.
FC Metz defender Stoppila Sunzu opened the score for the Chipolopolo in the 18th minute before Justin Shonga added the second goal just seven minutes after the half-time break. Fredrick Meddy pulled one back for the visitors in the 80th minute of the game.
Zambia showed intent early into the game, with former Zanaco man Augustine Mulenga clever chip going wide in the fourth minute after being put through by Nathan Sinkala.
Guinea-Bissau winger Tony Silva made a dazzling run on the left flank a few minutes later, delivered, but Juary Suarez missed a header with only the Zambia goalkeeper, Kennedy Mweene, to beat.
Stoppila Sunzu opened the scores with a header after beating the onrushing goalkeeper in the 18th minute. Sunzu was at it again four minutes later placing his shot wide after a good through ball from Justin Shonga.
The game settled down towards the half-hour mark as both teams started playing cautiously. Jose Lopez nearly equalized for Bissau in the 35th minute after a good cross from the left by Carlos Apna with his shot getting centimeters away from the goal mouth
Cloatosu Chota forced Bissau custodian Jonas Mendes into a fine save in the 45th minute with a superb free-kick after Solomon Sakala fouled Kabaso Chongo outside the box.
After the half time break, Coach Sven Vandenbroeck and his charges continued mounting pressure on the Djrutus.
Zambia grabbed the second goal with a well taken shot by Orlando Pirates forward Justin Shonga after a defensive mishap by Bissau.
Guinea Bissau continued piling pressure in search of consolation and their efforts were rewarded when Frederic Mendy rounded off Kennedy Mweene pass, nine minutes to full time.
How they lined up:
Zambia Starting XI: Kennedy Mweene (GK) – Solomon Sakala, Stoppilla Sunzu, Kabaso Chongo, Lawrence Chungu – Nathan Sinkala, Enock Mwepu – Clatous Chota, Lubambo Musonda, Augustine Mulenga – Justin Shonga.
Guinea Bissau Starting XI: Jonas Asvedo Memdes (GK) – Eliseu Soares, Edigerson Gomes, Juary Marinho Soares, Bocak Balde – Manconi Soriano Mane, Jose Luiz Lopes, Francesco Santos, Tony Silva, Carlos Apna Eubalo – Frederic Mendy.