06 Dec, 20:56
Zambia U20 National team's title defence has suffered a major blow after they lost 2-0 in the hands of hosts Uganda in their COSAFA U20 Group A opener on Wednesday 6 December at the Arthur Davies Stadium.
Coach Numba Mumamba started with his strongest possible starting line-up with Edward Chilufya, Martin Njobvu and Lameck Banda partnering up in attack. Despite the strong squad, Uganda was the better team from the word go. Captain Muhammad Shaban scored twice as Uganda outclassed the hosts to go top of group A.
Uganda were deserved winners over the African champions, who have a new-look side this year as they build towards the defence of their title in the 2019 African Youth Championships.
The Young Chipolopolo certainly had their chances but were undone by Shaban’s double-strike in the second half. Zambia came close to the opener when Captain Prince Mumba saw his shot cannon back off the woodwork before Lameck Banda was denied by a fine stop from Uganda keeper Keni Saidi. The East Africans were ahead six minutes into the second period when Shaban netted from a tight angle after turning home Steven Mukyala’s cross to stun the sizeable home crowd.
And the Kampala City Council forward doubled his side’s lead three minutes later with another neat finish. Zambia had goalkeeper Daniel Sikanyika to thank as he denied Stephen Mukwala as Uganda pushed for a third, while the visitors also had a goal disallowed in what was an accomplished performance from them that will elevate them to one of the tournament favourites.
Zambia play Malawi in their next match on Friday 8 December at the same Stadium.
Zambia: Starting XI: Daniel Sikanyika, Prince Mumba, Kingsley Hakwiya , Justin Mwanza, Clinton Lubula, Martin Njobvu, Lameck Banda, Edward Chilufya, Benson Kolala, Victor Kasokola, Ngosa Sunzu
Subs: Bwalya Prince, Andrew Phiri, Jonathan Kapelembe, Chanda Mukuka, Francisco Mwepu, Godfrey Chanda, Muma Mumba, Kakunta Jackson, Musonda Kalale,
Uganda: Starting XI: Saidi Keni (G.K), Fred Okot, Mustapha Kizza, Geofrey Wasswa, Mustapha Mujjuzi, Abubakar Kasule, Julius Poloto, Frank Tumwesigye, Muhammed Shaban, Steven Mukwala, Pius Obuya
Subs: Ali Mwerusi (G.K), Eric Kibowa (G.K), Shafiq Kuchi Kagimu, Andrew Isiagi Okiring, Victor Matovu, Mujahid Ogama, Allan Okello, Hamisi Tibita, David Owori