Zambia kicked off their 2015 AFCON Group F qualifiers with a disappointing home draw against Mozambique in Ndola.
The result is a big setback for Zambia heading into their away clash on Wednesday against Cape Verde on match day two.
Saturday’s result also left a packed Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola disappointed just a week after the team recorded a convincing 3-1 win over Sudan in a friendly in Lusaka.
Strikers Jacob Mulenga, Given Singuluma and Christopher Katongo were the major villains and stuttered throughout the game.
Mulenga and Singuluma were especially guilty in the 44th minute when Mozambique’s Ricardo Campos denied them from point blank range in quick succession.
The Zambia Police were called into action in the 70th minute when the game was halted for five minutes when they fired tear gas outside the stadium when they tried to disperse gatecrashers.
Mozambique recovered quicker from the effects of the tear gas after the restart but Sonito was denied from close range in the 79th minute by Kennedy Mweene who had a fairly quiet day.
In the 85th minute, Mozambique defender Mexer reacted quickly to steal the ball off Collins Mbesuma’s feet with his eyes on goal.
Two minutes later Fwayo Tembo fired his free kick sail marginally just a minute after coming on for Singuluma.
Zambia and Mozambique have one point each after match day two heading into Wednesday’s meeting away to Cape Verde and Niger away and home respectively.