ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka
SWAZILAND 0 ZAMBIA 4
MIDFIELDER Cletus Chama yesterday scored a brace as Zambia demolished Swaziland in the 2018 Kenya African Nations Championship (CHAN) first
round first leg at Somhlolo National Stadium in Mbabane to put one foot in the last round.
Zambia assistant coach Aggrey Chiyangi described the win as sweet.
“This is a sweet victory away from home. We have not yet qualified. We have just played the first half,” said Chiyangi in an interview from Mbabane yesterday.
Chama, who was not part of the squad that finished runners-up to champions Zimbabwe at the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Castle Cup in South Africa, opened the floodgates on 17 minutes.
He slotted in a cross from Ernest Mbewe.
In-form striker Brian Mwila doubled the lead in the 26th minute.
Midfielder Augustine Mulenga found Mwila on the edge of the box and the lanky Green Buffaloes striker blasted past Swaziland goalkeeper Sandile Ginindza.
It was Mwila’s fourth goal for the national team in one month. He contributed a goal in the 2-1 win over South Africa in an international friendly in Rustenburg on June 13 and netted twice at the COSAFA Castle Cup.
Chama made it 3-0 from a penalty on 47 minutes.
Striker Martin Phiri was brought down by defender Machawe Dlamini and Chama sent Ginindza the wrong way.
Defender Fackson Kapumbu put the icing on the cake in the 79th minute from a free kick.
Coach Wedson Nyirenda started with Toaster Nsabata in goal while Simon Silwimba, Kapumbu, Ziyo Tembo and Isaac Shamujompa were in defence.
Kondwani Mtonga, Chama, Mbewe and Mulenga controlled proceedings in midfield.
Mwila and Phiri were in attack.
In the second half, Nyirenda introduced Davey Daka, John Ching’andu and Justin Shonga for Mbewe, Chama and Mwila respectively.
Swaziland coach Pieter de Jongh said from Mbabane: “The defeat is painful.”
Zambia hosts Swaziland on Saturday.
The Chipolopolo are likely to face South Africa in the second round after Bafana Bafana thumped Botswana 2-0 in Gaborone on Saturday.