Zambia, DR Congo Draw as Group B Produce No Winner

Kalaba, Singuluma, MbolaGiven Singuluma scored early but his goal was not enough to give Zambia a win in their Group B opening match as Congo DR rallied back to find an equaliser on 66 minutes through Yannick Bolasie who fired home from closed range after being teed-up from the right byline.

Group B of the on-going Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea produced no winner as Tunisia and Cape Verde also settled for a 1-all draw in the second match of the night.

Singuluma’s goal came on 62 seconds after Congo goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba’s clearance fell straight at Chisamba Lungu who set up Singuluma at the top of the area with the latter firing into the bottom-right corner.

Congo could have equalised a minute later but Mbokani’s effort was blocked and four minutes later Kennedy Mweene spilled Kage’s cross into Mbokani’s path only for the latter to shoot his effort over the bar when it looked easier to score.
Kage and Bolasie were all over the Zambian defence in the early exchanges but the Chipolopolo stood firm.

Zambia could have increased their advantage on 18 minutes when Kalaba floated in a free kick which was punched away by Kidiaba.

Bolasie had another chance to equalise on the half hour mark but Mweene produced an outstanding save to keep out the low shot with his feet to deny the Crystal Palace striker.

Two minutes after the break Mbokani almost levelled the scores but his stretched out leg could only direct the ball away from Mweene’s goal.

A minute later Mweene came to Zambia’s rescue again as he smothered the ball off the feet of an on charging Kage.

Thereafter it was Zambia who enjoyed the greater share of the possession, Mayuka almost extending the lead on 51 minutes but Kidiaba was equal to the task.

A weaving run on the right wing by substitute Junior Kabananga and a pass from the byline led to Bolasie’s goal with the latter firing home from close range.

Kabanaga could have given Congo the lead five minutes later following Bolasie’s mazy run at the Zambian defence but Mweene quickly grabbed the ball to keep the scores level.

Chisamba Lungu had his effort saved a minute later while the last effort on goal fell to Mokani whose acrobatic effort was kept out by Mweene.

Zambia’s next match is against Tunisia on January 22 and coach Honour Janza will be concerned with injuries to Ronald Kampamba and Nathan Sinkala who were both stretchered off in the dying moments of the match.

Cape Verde engage DR Congo on the same day to determine a clear path to the quarterfinal stage.

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