A hard fought match between the Zambian National team and Brazil's Operario club was watched by twenty thousand spectators, including Zambia's President kenneth kaunda, in Lusaka on Sunday (22 September).
GV Second Half Zambian kick off in green shirts attack Brazilian goal
GV Corner post and crowd
GV Brazil attack Zambian goal and ball kicked into touch
GV Zambians score second goal
GV Scoreboard Zambia 2, Brazil 0.
GV Mid field play
GV Cheering spectators
GV Zambia attack Brazilian goal and are awarded penalty
GV Cheering crowd
GV Zambia take penalty kick and score third goal
GV Scoreboard Zambia 3, Brazil 0
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Background: A hard fought match between the Zambian National team and Brazil's Operario club was watched by twenty thousand spectators, including Zambia's President kenneth kaunda, in Lusaka on Sunday (22 September). Lusaka's Independence Stadium was packed with fans who cheered every shot of the home team which is strongly tipped to win the coming East African Championships. The Brazilian side were champions of the Mato Grpsso First Division League in 1972.
The first half of the game started slowly with both teams concentrating on the defence and although the Zambian players often swept the ball into the Brazilian half with short, crisp passes in their rival's tradition, they failed to pierce the close-knit Brazilian defensive cordon. There was still no score at half time.
When the second half started the Zambian team changed its tactics to hard hitting offensive play. The Brazilian defence started to crumble when Zambian centre-forward Benard Chanda scored his team's first goal in the 65th minute of play. Eight minutes later came Zambia's second goal from Boniface Simutowe, and twelve minutes before the final whistle the Zambian team scored again from a penalty kick by Dick Chama to win the match 3-0. Zambia's Yugoslav coach Ante Buselic wasn't there to see his team's success -- he was away on leave.
SYNOPSIS: Zambia kick off to start the second half of their encounter with a visiting Brazilian team in the Independence Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday. The Zambian National team, playing from right to left, had found no way through the defensive wall of the Operario club from Brazil during the first half. Here the Zambian players are on the attack, pressing the Brazilian defence hard in complete contrast to the rather lackluster first half in which neither side scored.
The Zambian side's first goal had been scored by centre-forward Benard Chanda in the sixty-fifth minute of the game.
Although the Brazilian side fought back hard, their game seemed to lose the speed and ball-control for which Brazilian football is noted. In the first half their close-knit defence had successfully held back the rather disorganised attacks of the Zambian forwards who seemed to have modelled their tactics on the Brazilians' own style of play.
In the seventy-third minute Boniface Simutowe scored Zambia's second goal. The Brazilian side showed little of the dash which had made them champions of the Matto Grosso First Division in 1972.
The Lusaka Independence Stadium was packed to capacity with twenty-thousand fans cheering the home team on. The spectators included President Kenneth Kaunda and other members of the Zambian Government. None of them had really expected that the Zambian side would do so well.
By now, the Brazilians were playing well back in their own half and there was no doubt of the African players' superiority. They stepped up their attacks on the Brazilian goal as the game drew to a close and were awarded a penalty.
A cheering home crowd watched Dick Chama slam the ball into the net to give the Zambian National side a three-nil victory over the Brazilian Operario club. Their victory is a morale booster providing them with greater confidence in the coming East African Championships.