Zambia on track in Afcon preparations


The Chipolopopolo Boys beat amateur side SV Bonladen 3-0 on last week.

Zambian skipper Elijah Tana scored Chipolopolo’s first goal in the 45th minute following a goal mouth scramble.

Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Isaac Chansa, who is now based at Helsingsborg in Sweden, added the second from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute before substitute Whiteson Simwanza sealed the victory for Zambia in the 90th minute.

Zambia missed the services of former Jomo Cosmos hitman Christopher Katongo, who failed to show up for the 10-day training camp in Germany due to club commitments.

Frenchman Herve Renard made four changes from the Zambian side which started and beat VFL Kirchheim 2-0 on Tuesday in another friendly match.

Carara Kicks defender Clive Hachilensa, Chansa and Rodger Kola came in for Francis Kasonde, Felix Katongo formerly of Cosmos and Plantium Stars and striker Francis Kombe, respectively.

Chansa led the three man midfield that consisted Kebby Hachipuka and Rainford Kalaba of Portuguese second division outfit Gil Vicente an himself.

Hachilensa joined Tana, Hichani Himonde and Supersport United attacking midfielder Noah Chivuta, who is being used as a left back, in marshaling the defence.