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Zambia knocks Sihlangu out of CHAN qualifiers

image Sihlangu coach Pieter De Jongh.

SOCCER-It never gets any easier for Sihlangu head coach Pieter De Jongh as his charges were sent packing out of the CHAN qualifiers 2018 in a demeaning 3-0 loss at the hands of Zambia.

The game was played at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka yesterday. 

Already under scrutiny for a 4-0 home loss to Zambia in the first leg of the competition in just a week, the Dutch born mentor is seemingly under a losing spell.

According to information sourced from African Football, goals from Justin Shonga, Simon Silwimba and Brian Mwila gave Chipolopolo an easy 3-0 victory to eliminate Sihlangu out of the competition. 

Out of the two legged affair, Zambia claimed a 7-0 win on aggregate and have boosted their chances of reaching the CHAN tournament in Kenya.

As they were out to wrap up the match following their 4-0 win away last weekend, Chipolopolo started the encounter on a high.Wedson Nyirenda's men claimed their lead through Shonga in the second minute when he chipped goalkeeper Sandile Ginindza to find the back of the net.  


Although towards the 20th minute there were no other clear cut chances, Shonga nearly completed his brace in the 38th minute when he saw his attempt going across the face of goal. However, two minutes later Mwila pounced on Ginindza's mis-kick, while trying to clear a back pass, to make it 2-0 to the hosts.

On the stroke of half time, Zambia made it 3-0 when Silwimba converted  the ball in the box and beat two Swazi defenders after the referee allowed an advantage and Mwila was fouled.

It was 3-0 at half time. In the 68th minute, Njabulo Ndlovu was lucky not to concede an own goal as he cleared Augustine Mulenga's effort and Ginindza saved the rebound from Silwimba.

In the end, Chipolopolo managed to hold on to their lead and walked away as victors in front of their home crowd.

The result means the Zambians are through to the next round of the qualifier and will meet South Africa to book a spot in Kenya next year. 


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