Chipolopolo Shoot Down Elephants

Zambia maintained its hundred percent record at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) with Augustine Mulenga putting up a stellar performance that not only won him man of the match but sent Ivory Coast packing from the tournament.

Barely a day after turning 28 years old, Mulenga stole the show with two goals worth of winning a highly anticipated tie that sent Zambia into the quarterfinals with a game to spare.

Ivory Coast had come in the match on the back of losing the opening match to Namibia piling pressure on them to beat Zambia.

It took only eight minutes for Zambia to draw first blood when Mulenga got on the end of a Lazarous Kambole cross to pile more misery on the elephants.

Mulenga could have doubled the lead two minutes later but his header from a Fackson Kapumbu cross was saved.

The Ivorians were becoming more assertive with an aggressive Koumane Yao coming close.

There was a nervy moment when Donashano Malama found himself on the end of a foul with the referee cautioning him in the 19th minute.

In the 30th minute Ernest Mbewe had his shot coming off the post after having been serviced by Mulenga.

The two sides went to the break with Zambia leading 1-0.

In the second half Ivory Coast attempted to overturn the result but Zambia remained resilient.

Coach Wedson Nyirenda brought in Mike Katiba for Friday Samu in the 56th minute as he tried to stabilize his team.

Whatever hope the Ivorians had of making a comeback were dealt a vicious blow when Mulenga weaved his way through the defence and for the second time in the match beat Zadi Ble in the Ivory Coast goal.

Mulenga could be grateful for the effort that Mbewe made in the buildup to the goal.

Zambia moved to six points and maintain top position with Uganda and second placed Namibia in action in the second match of the day.

The Chipolopolo boys will play their final Group B match on Monday against Namibia in Casablanca,

Top teams in Group B will be paired against Group A teams where host nation Morocco and Sudan have qualified with a match to spare.

Zambia produced a man of the match for the second consecutive match after Kambole received the prize in the first match.

(Source: FAZ Media)


  1. Chofwe William

    Congratulations ba chipolopolo emutima tulefwaya .

  2. Umwaume

    It was easy to beat Ivory Coast, because this is a tournament for local players. All the stars of Ivory Coast have moved to Europe and other bigger leagues to play professional football, so you cannot expect their local players be good. As for Zambia, the players have failed to go to Europe, so Zambia has a strong side. This tournament favours the failures.

    • True I agree with you

      True I agree with you bros


      Umwaume, what you mean indirectly is that our players deserve to be playing professional football in Europe. They are too good for CHAN. IF they were in Ivory Coast, they would have gone to play in Europe just as the other players from Ivory Coast have goon to Europe. Please let us learn to appreciate our own especially if there are no politics involves. Soccer is a uniting factor. See the excitement that it brings to all of us

    • Dean

      Umwaume, your analysis is wrong and not fair.

    • jeff

      Surely all u see is politics in everything.. Be mature enough n learn to appreciate yo own which God has given u.. Don’t let political anger consume u in everything. That is Zambia united playing CHAN competition n on representing Zambia a fruitful land given by God

  3. Geoffrey Bwamba Mwalya(GBM)

    Congratulations boys,we r with you all the way.

  4. Tisa

    Go Zambia go,you have really made as proud.

  5. travis

    Congrats chipolopplo! Cup ibwele

  6. Stanley sikaonga

    Congratulations guys…continue working extra hard.

  7. As I see it

    You have put the smile on our faces. Continue being determined to win. It will surely come your way as victors.

  8. Ryan Simuchembu

    Well done Zambia…..
    Continue the same spirit

  9. E'sau m Phiri

    Good game guys

  10. kelli usopo

    U can do it boys congrats for da win

  11. Lukundo siwila


  12. luck muwaya

    Congratulations to chipolopolo for beating ivory cost 2-0

  13. ckm

    Go zambia Go thats our boys we know.

  14. Sunford

    all the way gents, we are behind u

  15. eneless

    Go Zambia Go

  16. joseph k

    thats great guyz

  17. Abel

    Nice one guys

  18. Christop

    Go go guys don’t listen to this Malawian guy “umwaume”
    He’s a politician …..

  19. mwansa

    Well done guys we are expecting more to come ,go Zambia go.

  20. Newton


  21. Muyunda p Voicy

    Keep it up boys.

  22. Francis

    Congratulation Chipolopolo, Continue With the same spirit coz we ar giving u a big support over hear!!! Go Zambia Go!!!!

  23. mr Life

    Congratulations Chipolopolo boys

  24. Brighton mwanza

    Congratulations Zambia continue with same spirit

  25. Edwards

    Am really humbled with your performance boys. Congratulations to you guys. That’s the spirit.It go go forward chipolopolo. Show them. We need a cup. Wish you all God’s blessings.

  26. Norris

    Go…chipolopolo…go…continue and keep up the same confident that you will crash, squeeze, vanquish, watsdown,swallow, vaporize, grand, digest, throwdown, disarm and bulletize the Namibians on Monday.

  27. Edwards

    Go go forward Chipolopolo.we are behind you gents.We are waiting for you to bring the cup home.

  28. Rogan Mwengwe

    Keep On Going Chipolopolo, Chan Cup Is Waiting For Zambia.

  29. Boyd

    Go boys 4get about umwaume wansala

  30. father fml

    Chipolopolo fired twice while the elephants collapsed in shock. Bullet ni bullet.

  31. Charles

    Thank you boys, well done.

  32. Richard chalifungwa

    Keep it up chipolopolo boyz stay blessed and God protect you all

  33. a mulenga

    Congrats. our boys are tall, fit, strong, determined and work as a team. Continue

  34. Tutu

    Go Zambia! Go !!!

  35. LB

    That was a wonderful game chipolopolo…..from start to finish, congratulations. …PROUDLY ZAMBIAN

  36. Samapimbi J

    We are happy with u guys, we are still waiting more result Go go Zambia

  37. LB

    ?chipolopolo was on point..congratulations. atleast I appreciate my country instead of the stories about ivory cost big stars been in Europe..seriously man are you zambian?????

  38. Remmy chitoshi

    Good performance from the young boys. Thanks goes to their clubs.

  39. sj

    It is the right time to organise this CHAN Championship let those serving other Nationals else where enjoy their stay in Europe. Surely they watched their Team go down. Can’t serve two masters @ a time. That photo shoot tells a story, that opponent looks like a Hockey player attacker and not a Football defender. So HATS off to the Zambian Team for coordinating well on that foreign soil. The best Team won. Period. So Tiye Tiye Tiyenaooooooooooooooo.

  40. peggy muwowo

    Congrats 4 DAT brilliant performance guys.cup ibwele just remain focused.

  41. Ebakali

    We also have players who are not part of this team mwebantu we just have to appreciate our local team its performing well.

  42. Kendrick

    Congratulations to de copper bullets we hv shoot de elephant down with only two bullets,

  43. GIFT

    Yeeeeeeeeees!!!!!! Kikikikikikiki!!! Am Happy With You Guys, Job Well Done.God Bless You.

  44. ARON


  45. chama

    Comment mwaume u have a short memory…did Zambia won against the local in the afcon 2012

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