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Football | Zambia

Rainford Kalaba @ Backpage pix

Angola edge out Zambia in training match



Reigning African champion Zambia stepped up her preparations for the defence of the title with an international training match which Chipolopolo lost 0-2 to Angola’s Palancas Negras at the Dobsonville stadium in Johannesburg.

Angola netted either side of half in a highly competitive training game which greatly assisted both teams’ coaches look at their players before deciding their final squads.

Herve Renard used 22 in-field players – 11 in each half – as he assessed all players in camp ahead of his final selection of 23 for the continental soccer show-piece which opens in just under two weeks.

Zambia opens her campaign to retain the Africa Cup on 21st January against Ethiopia before games against Nigeria and Burkina Faso – all at Mbombela.

First Half Team: Kalililo Kakonje GK, Davies Nkausu, Stoppila Sunzu, Hichani Himoonde, Joseph Musonda, Mukuka Mulenga, Shadreck Malambo, Isaac Chansa, Rainford Kalaba, Collins Mbesuma, Chris Katongo

Second Half Team: Kennedy Mweene GK, William Njobvu, Salulani Phiri, Francis Kasonde, Emmanuel Mbola, Nathan Sinkala, Noah Chivuta, Chisamba Lungu, Felix Katongo, James Chmanga, Jonas Sakuwaha

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