13 January 2013

Zambia: Afcon Update - Zambia, Norway Draw

Photo: Buanews
South African soccer fans.

African champions Zambia wound up their preparations for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with a goalless draw against Norway at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Chipolopolo are winless in five warm up matches played in the build up to the competition.

Coach Herve Renard field his strongest side for the competition but the team, like in the other four match, failed to score.

Since the warm up matches started, Zambia only managed to score in the friendly against Saudi Arabia which they lost 2-1.

Chipolopolo has gone on to lose 1-0 to Tanzania, 2-0 to Angola and settled for goalless draws against Morocco and Norway.

Renard told journalists after the match against Norway that there was no cause to worry as his boys were keeping the goals for the Africa Cup.

The combination of Collins Mbesuma, Mukuka Mulenga, Rainford Kalaba and Jacob Mulenga showed more signs of potency in attack than the one Renard opted for involving Emmanuel Mayuka, Christopher Katongo, Isaac Chansa in the first half.

Zambia will play Ethiopia on January 21 in the opening Group C match at the tournament. Nigeria and Burkina Faso are the other two Group C teams.

Renard was forced to withdraw from the friendly against Namibia this Tuesday to allow the team a full stretch rest before the competition kicks on January 19.

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