By ROBINSON KUNDA
ZAMBIA 3 SUDAN 1
ZAMBIA yesterday inaugurated the National Heroes Stadium triumphantly with a convincing win over Sudan in an international friendly in Lusaka.
The match, a build up to this Saturdayâ€™s 2015 African Nations Cup qualifier against Mozambique, was coach Honour Janzaâ€™s first, which he also used to assess local and foreign-based players who have been on the fringes. Played before a sizeable crowd that turned up to see some forgotten players as well as sample the new stadium, Zambia did not take long to assert their superiority over the North African rivals tuning up for South Africaâ€™s visit in Khartoum.
Nkana defender Christopher Munthali, seeking a permanent place in the Chipolopolo, scored the first goal, TP Mazembe forward Given Singuluma staked his claim in the upcoming match against Mozambique by inking the second and South Africa-based Mukuka Mulenga announced his return from a long injury lay-off with the third goal.
Munthaliâ€™s goal came on 14 minutes when Fwayo Temboâ€™s free-kick found him lurking in the box and he pushed the ball into the net to beat Sudan goalkeeper Elmoiz Mahgoub.
Sudan would have levelled in the 18th minute when Ala Eldin Yousif Hado dispossessed Nyambe Mulenga and raced with the ball towards the goal but his shot was blocked by Kabaso Chongo.
The Sudanese, who did not seem organised in the first half, started pushing for the equaliser after conceding but their efforts were dealt a blow when Singuluma, golden boot winner at the 2009 African Nations Championship in Ivory Coast, doubled the lead with a powerful header from Chongoâ€™s cross 33 minutes into the match.
Sudan pulled one back in stoppage time through Bakin Ab Elgadir Babeker, who converted from the penalty spot after he was fouled by substitute goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata who was introduced for Daniel Munyao
Mulenga put the icing on the cake in added time with a clinical finish with the game already put to bed after he finished off a pass from Ronald Kampamba.
By ROBINSON KUNDA