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Islanders sink Chipolopolo

…Renard’s Ivory Coast clobbered 4-1
From VICTOR KUMWENDA in Praia
CAPE VERDE 2 ZAMBIA 1
CAPE Verde yesterday made a mockery of Zambia’s stature in African football when they edged the Chipolopolo to take a commanding lead on Group F in the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Zambia, on one point in two games, are now under threat of not making the outing to Morocco unless they pick all the points from the possible 12 in the basket. The consolation though is that Mozambique and Niger played to a 1-1 draw in Maputo in the other Group F match.
The home side scored in either halves to condemn the jaded Chipolopolo who were dominated for large periods and conceded wonder goals that gave goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene no chance.
France-based striker Odair Fortes stunned the Chipolopolo with an audacious strike 20metres out, striking the ball into the left top with such cheek that Mweene, drawn in, looked amateurish, in the 32nd minute.
They had two chances to stretch the lead but for desperate clearances on the line; the first by Nyambe Mulenga and then Mweene.
Zambia only threatened through Rainford Kalaba, shooting twice throughout the match though he was clearly a standout performer.
Striker Jacob Mulenga pushed in the equaliser in the 56th  minute after Kalaba’s inch-perfect cross, which eluded defenders and found the striker lurking at the far post.
That was 20 minutes after coach Honour Janza had made a double substitution, resting Donashano Malama and Chisamba Lungu for the Katongo brothers – Christopher and Felix.
There was slight improvement after the introductions and Christopher even made a daring move that saw his attempt blocked on the line just after restart.
Janza made the last push for a winner when he introduced midfielder Mukuka Mulenga for Fwayo Tembo but the opposite happened. The hosts scored a well-worked goal, building up from the midfield and tying the Stopilla Sunzu defence in knots before finishing with finesse. Brian Mendez met a cross from the left and stabbed home to decide the match in the 77th minute.
Meanwhile BACKPAGE reports that a brace apiece from Vincent Aboubakar and Clinton N’Jie helped Cameroon to a 4-1 win over the Ivory Coast in a 2015 African Cup of Nations Qualifier at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé yesterday.
The Indomitable Lions strike duo scored on either side of the half to move the West Africans top of the Group. Yaya Toure scored the Elephants only goal of the game.
Cameroon head coach Volker Finke placed his faith in the same XI that won their opening Group D encounter.
Hervé Renard meanwhile made a couple of changes with Solomon Kalou notable missing the encounter through injury.
Earlier, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) beat Sierra Leone 2-0.
DRC’s goal came from Ndombe Mubele and Jeremie Bokila.
Ethiopia’s struggles continued as they lost 3-2 away to Malawi in their second Group B game.
Ethiopia opened their qualifying campaign with a 2-1 home defeat by favourites in Group B Algeria last Saturday.
Malawi can thank their South Africa-based striker Atusaye Nyondo for his brace of goals, which began after 18 minutes.
Another South Africa-based player, Ethiopia midfielder Getaneh Kebede, equalised on the stroke of halftime.
But Frank Banda restored Malawi’s advantage with a 62nd minute goal before Nyondo added the third four minutes later.
Then, right at the death in referee’s optional time after the 90, Ethiopia striker Yussuf Saleh made it 3-2 but the damage was already done.

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