Football Sport

Chipolopolo get point in opener

VICTOR KUMWENDA, Ebebiyin Stadium
ZAMBIA 1 DRC 1
ZAMBIA last night opened the 2015 Equatorial Guinea Africa Cup of Nations Group B campaign by sharing spoils with Democratic Republic of Congo.
TP Mazembe striker Given Singuluma scored what may turn to be the fastest goal of the tournament after 80 seconds but the Congolese restored parity through Yanick Bolaise in the 65th minute.
Singuluma unsettled the Leopards firing past his TP Mazembe teammate Robert Kidiaba from outside the box.
The Congolese, however, managed to pick up the pieces with Bolasie and Dieumerci Mbokani putting pressure on the Stopilla Sunzu-led defence.
Mbokani blasted over the bar after Mweene parried in his way in the seventh minute.
Kidiaba parried Chipolopolo skipper Rainford Kalaba’s shot from a freekick on 17 minutes after Emmanuel Mayuka was fouled.
Singuluma, who was a thorn in the flesh for the Congolese, saw his shot going wide after benefiting from a Davies Nkausu pass on 19 minutes.
Mbokani contined terrorising the Zambians and it was not surprising that Sunzu earned a yellow card for a crude tackle on the half-hour mark.
Mweene was called to duty in the 35th minute saving Bolaise’s close-range shot.
On resumption, Congo continued pushing and got the equaliser on 65 minutes.
Mbola was dispossessed on the left flank and the ball was laid for Bolasie, who fired in the top right corner beating Mweene.
Zambia coach Honour Janza responded by withdrawing Mayuka for Evans Kangwa in the 66th minute.
Kangwa pushed his way to get the clincher but the Congolese kept him at bay.
Midfielder Nathan Sinkala and striker Ronald Kampamba limped off with injuries and were replaced by Christopher Munthali and Mukuka Mulenga, respectively.
Zambia face Tunisia, who were in action against Cape Verde last night, on Thursday.

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