Lazarous Kambole scored the winning penalty for Zambia on Wednesday to set up a crunchy encounter against South Africa in the final of the four team tournament after coming on as a substitute to score a last gasp equaliser and force the match to penalties.
This comes barely four days after he scored the winning goal in Ivory coast to send Zesco United to the group stages of the CAF champions league.
For a player who was just a fringe to player in the United squad just two years ago, Kambole is proving to be rather very important player for both club and country.
After an impressive 2017 campaign with Zesco United Kambole caught the eye of coach Wedson Nyirenda and was handed his first national team call up and made the final squad for the 2018 CHAN tournament.
Coach Wedson Nyirenda named him in the starting line-up of the opening agame against Uganda and he did not disappoint scoring one goal setting up another for Augustine Mulenga as Zambia beat the East Africans by three goals to one.
His performance on the day did not just earn him the man of the match accolade but also praise from the coach.
Kambole ended the tournament with two goals and two asissts, A very impressive return for a debutant whp came in second both on assists and goals for Zambia at the tournament.
Fast forward 21st March at the four team tournament he has already made his mark despite only playing a few minutes, A mark of a good player.
At Zesco United he started the season lijee a house on fire scoring three goals in the first three games to shoot to the top of the top goalscorers chart.
Whatever happened on the way, The player who seemed like a contender for the golden boot just stop scoring. Like every other good player the bad patch did not last forever as he gained his groove back and at the most crucial part of the season.
He went on a four game scoring Bonanza netting five times to help Zesco United on the road to their sixth league title. Kambole ended the season with ten goals one of which came on the final day of the league as Zesco United beat Mighty Mufulira Wanderers by four goals to two to win the Super League. He also set up both of Jesse Jackson Were’s goals on the day.
He might not yet be Christopher Katongo, Collins Mbesuma or a Godfrey Ucar Chitalu but he has become a vital part of the Zesco United and Zambia national team set-up. A player of his calibre can only improve thats if he keeps on working hard and maintains a high level of discipline.
Source: Zambian Football