CAF Futsal: Zambia starts strong with win over Ghana


In a thrilling start to their TotalEnergies CAF Futsal Africa Cup campaign, Zambia secured an impressive 5-2 victory over Ghana in Rabat, showcasing their attacking prowess and determination to excel in the tournament.

The match began with an early setback for Zambia as Emmanuel Pako Nakotey of Ghana cleverly found the net just five minutes into the game, putting the Black Stars ahead. However, Zambia quickly regrouped and asserted their dominance, gradually taking control of possession and creating numerous scoring opportunities.

Patrick Banda pulled Zambia level with a crucial goal right before halftime, setting the stage for an intense second half. After the break, Zambia emerged with renewed energy and purpose. Francis Chinyama, the standout performer, ignited their comeback with a powerful strike from distance, giving his team the lead early in the second half.

The Zambian onslaught continued with Wiseman Phiri extending the lead to 3-1, skillfully converting Prince Lungu’s precise pass. Despite missing an opportunity to further widen the gap, Phiri’s earlier goal proved pivotal in maintaining Zambia’s ascendancy.

Ghana, determined not to go down without a fight, managed to pull one back through Philip Nii Boye’s goal, reigniting hopes of a comeback. However, Zambia swiftly extinguished any chance of a Black Stars resurgence.

Mbalika Mwaliteta and Jackson Simwami scored two quick goals in succession, securing Zambia’s victory and firmly placing them atop Group A. Their clinical finishing and resilience in the face of adversity highlighted their readiness to challenge for the prestigious title.

Coach Andrea Cristoforetti’s strategic guidance and the players’ cohesive teamwork were evident throughout the match, especially in the second half when Zambia showcased their attacking flair and defensive solidity.

Star player Francis Chinyama’s influential performance was crucial in turning the tide in Zambia’s favor. His leadership on the field and ability to create scoring opportunities were instrumental in dismantling Ghana’s defense.

The victory marks Zambia’s triumphant return to the TotalEnergies CAF Futsal Africa Cup after a hiatus, signaling their intent to make a significant impact in the competition. With this impressive start, Zambia has set a high standard for themselves and established early momentum, instilling confidence among their supporters and competitors alike.

Attention now turns to their upcoming fixtures, where Zambia will look to build on this commanding performance and maintain their winning momentum as they pursue continental glory in futsal.


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