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Football | Zambia

Zambia ease past Swaziland



Zambia made easy work of Swaziland as they recorded a four-goal advantage in the first leg of their African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier played at the Somhlolo Stadium in Mbabane on Sunday.

Zambia are expected to build on their 4-0 win in the second round, second leg which will take place at the National Heroes Stadium on Saturday, 22 July 2017.

Wedson Nyirenda made nine changes to the team which lost 3-1 to Zimbabwe in the 2017 Cosafa Cup final, his squad enhanced by players from Zanaco, Zesco United, Power Dynamos and Lusaka Dynamos.

Zanaco defender Ziyo Tembo was given the captain’s arm band and was joined in the starting line-up by three of his club team mates in Toaster Nsabata, Augustine Mulenga and Ernest Mbewe.

Three Zesco United players – Kondwani Mtonga, Fackson Kapumbu and Simon Silwimba – were named on the starting list which was completed by Brian Mwila (Green Buffaloes), Isaac Shamujompa (Nchanga Rangers), Martin Phiri (Power Dynamos) and Clatous Chama (Lusaka Dynamos).

Allan Chibwe, Taonga Bwembya, Donashano Malama, Adrian Chama, John Ching’andu, Dave Daka and Justin Shonga started the match on the substitute’s bench.

Before the match Nyirenda and his charges were expecting a tough encounter, but they will go into the second leg knowing that they have already done plenty of work.

Lusaka Dynamos midfielder Clatous Chama gave the visitors the lead in the 17th minute and their advantage was increased in the 35th minute through Brian Mwila.

A second half penalty by Chama and a free kick by Kapumbu 10 minutes from time sealed an emphatic victory, making the second leg nothing more than a formality.

The winner of this tie will player the winner of the tie between South Africa and Botswana in the third round, with the first leg taking place during the weekend of 11-13 August while the second leg will be played a week later.



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