Zambia beat Sudan

Honour Janza announced his arrival as Zambia coach on Sunday with a 3-1 home friendly win over Sudan at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka. Zambia played their most enterprising football in over a decade since the reigns of late George Mungwa. Janza not only unleashed five-man attacking oriented formation but also gambled by starting two players who have not played competitive football in eleven months. In goals was Zambia number two Daniel Munyau who played his first game today since last September following a long injury layoff. Striker Fwayo Tembo too started who has been clubless since he unilaterally dumped Romanian club Astra Giurgiu in August, 2013 following a fallout with the club boss. And it was off Fwayo’s foot that Zambia took the lead when his free kick was tapped in by Nkana defender Christopher Munthali in the 14th minute. Fwayo almost got in on the act in the 28th minute but his volley was saved by Elmoiz Mahgoub. Zambia’s took a 2-0 lead into the break when TP Mazembe Given Singuluma headed in a cross from his clubmate Kabaso Chongo to cap a memorable end to his two year Chipolopolo exile. Sudan took the game to Zambia after the break but the hosts held on before withering the storm in the last twenty minutes of the game. Zesco United striker Winston Kalengo hit the post in the 75th minute while Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Mukuka Mulenga sent his effort wide a minute later. Ibrahim Salah then converted Sudan’s consolation goal from the penalty spot in the 93rd minute before Mukuka fired in  Zambia’s final goal a minute later.

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