AFCON 2023: 10-man Zambia draw with Tanzania

CAN 2023
AFCON 2023: 10-man Zambia draw with Tanzania

After the draw between Morocco and DR Congo (1-1), the second match in Pool F between Tanzania and Zambia also ended in a draw (1-1). This configuration makes the final day particularly decisive for qualification to the Round of 8, with the Morocco-Zambia and Tanzania-RD Congo duels. Anyone can still qualify.Morocco (4 pts), DRC and Zambia (2 pts), and Tanzania (1 pt).

Tanzania opened the scoring in the 11th minute through Simon Msuva. After Zambia had lost the ball 40m out, Samatta carried the ball to the edge of the box before feeding Msuva on the right, who fired a heavy shot past Zambian keeper Mulenga.

Zambia, having recovered after the goal, took the initiative without creating any chances. The Chipolopolos finally got one in the 30th minute. Lameck Banda, the most percussive player on the Zambian side, made a festival of himself on the right wing, deceiving his Zambian opposite number with a series of double hooks. He then delivered a precise cross to the 2nd post. All Nsakala had to do was head the ball into the empty net but somehow he missed.

A turning point in the match came when Zambian captain Kabwe was shown a red card in the 44th minute following a second yellow card. A harsh decision!

At the end of the first period, Tanzania were leading (1-0).Tanzania and Zambia each had 4 shots, including one on target.Possession was in Tanzania's favor (55%) against 45% for Zambia.

Tanzania in control in the second half

The second half got off to a slow start with Tanzania in control. The first dangerous situation arose in the 54th minute. The Taifa Stars almost doubled their lead after a long phase of possession. A well-started Husseini Mohamed crossed for the Tanzanian forwards, but Zambia's intervention to prevent the ball reaching them almost resulted in an own goal.

Zambia had the chance to equalize in the 62nd minute after Daka had recovered in midfield.He started a run and found himself with a teammate in a 2 Zambians against 1 Tanzanian situation in the box.But Daka decided to play solo right to the end, and his shot was saved by the Tanzanian keeper.

Tanzania had another chance in the 71st minute with a shot from 20m out, but the Zambian keeper made no mistake. Zambia, through sheer self-sacrifice, equalized from a corner, with a downward header from Patson Daka (88th min), who made up for his earlier miss as the score remained level.

At the end of the match, Tanzania had 56% possession, 6 shots and 2 on target.Zambia, reduced to 10 men for half-time, had 44% possession, 11 shots and 4 on target.

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