AFCON 2023: Zambia eyes redemption against struggling Tanzania


Zambia’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) journey took an encouraging turn with an early goal in their opener against DR Congo, ultimately leading to a 1-1 draw. While this signals a solid start, the Copper Bullets are eager to break their winless streak at AFCON finals, which dates back to their 2012 triumph.

With six draws in their last seven AFCON finals games, Zambia is poised for a breakthrough, and facing Tanzania might just be the opportunity they need. Recent victories over Tanzania hint at Zambia’s capability to end their AFCON drought.

On the other side, Tanzania faced a formidable opponent in their opener, succumbing to a 3-0 defeat against Morocco. Hindered further by a late red card, coach Adel Amrouche expressed grievances over scheduling and refereeing. Making only their third AFCON appearance, Tanzania is still in search of their maiden victory in the tournament and grappling with a goal-scoring deficit, having failed to find the net in their last three losses.

Players to watch include Zambia’s Kings Kangwa, a goal contributor in recent appearances, while Tanzania’s Simon Msuva, a veteran from their last head-to-head meeting in 2017, aims to improve upon their previous encounter’s outcome. As Zambia seeks redemption, and Tanzania strives for their first AFCON win, the upcoming clash promises suspense and potential turning points for both teams.

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