Zambia took a slender 2-1 lead against uganda in the first leg of the second round of the Africa Nations Soccer Cup Tournament on Sunday (13 July).
Zambia took a slender 2-1 lead against uganda in the first leg of the second round of the Africa Nations Soccer Cup Tournament on Sunday (13 July). The return match in this second round of the competition will be played in Kampala on July 27.
At stake for the eventual winners of the tie is a place in the finals, to be held in Ethiopia next year.
The Zambian team ??? into the game with everything in their favour. Confidence was high after thrashing Malawi by a 9-4 aggregate in the preliminaries of the African Nations Cup.
After a period of first half pressure,it was no surprise when the home side took a one goal lead through Bernard Chanda which they held on to until half time.
But the Zambian team trained for only three days before the Cup match -- unlike the Ugandans, who reportedly put in a full month's training. During the second half, the visitors showed improved teamwork. Successive attacks began to cause confusion in the Zambian defence, and during one goalmouth scramble, Uganda equalised through ???
After ???, the action flowed from end to end. During one see-saw exchange of attacks, the Ugandan defence was caught moving too far upfield, and Chanda took a good through ball to race goalwards and score the winner Zambia.
Second half action from Sunday's second round match in the Africa Nation's Cup Competition in Lusaka. Zambia, playing right to the left, break up an attack by the visitors, Uganda, and surge into a counter-attack.
It was a game notable for it its end-to-end action. But earlier, during the first half, Zambia had taken an all-important one goal lead, scored by Bernard Chanda. But with the prize of a place in the finals in Ethiopia next year at stake, Uganda fought desperately for an equaliser.
They got it, catching the Zambian defence in confusion during a goal mouth scramble. Ouma was the scorer. Zambia, who still have to play a second leg in kampala later game to restore the lead.
The even situation produced some of the game's best soccer, with the action flowing from end to end as both sides went in search of the winner. The advantage probably lay with Uganda, who had spent a full month training for this match, as opposed to the three days training put in by the Zambians. But from a sudden counter-attack, it was the Zambian's who regained the lead -- inside-forward Chanda racing on to a through ball to smash a shot past the Ugandan goalkeeper. Final score: Zambia two, Uganda one -- with the return match still to come.