Zambia out

ZAMBIA midfielder Augustine Mulenga (centre) tussles with Mozambique players Reginaldo Faithe (left) and Clesio Banque during a 2019 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Zimpeto Stadium in Maputo yesterday. Mozambique won 1-0. PICTURE: ANGELA NTENTABUNGA

ROBINSON KUNDA, Zimpeto Stadium, Maputo
ZAMBIA’s claim of being one of the continent’s biggest footballing nations was virtually shattered yesterday when a lacklustre performance ended the quest for a place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals – for the second time in a row.
This will be the first time that Zambia will miss the Africa Cup of Nations tournament back-to-back since making a debut at the 1974 edition in Egypt with coach Sven Vandenbroeck blaming a bad start in the qualifiers.
Zambia, a regular qualifier even when the finals were contested by only eight teams, will miss out in the redesigned finals that will have 24 teams – half of the continent.
The 1-0 defeat to Mozambique yesterday in Maputo shattered the Chipolopolo’s dream of qualifying for the Cameroon finals.


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