AFCON champs lose again

2013-01-05 21:24

Soweto - African champions Zambia suffered a third consecutive friendly defeat when losing 2-0 to fellow qualifiers Angola Saturday in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations warm-up.

Striker Geraldo, who plays for Brazilian second-tier club Parana, opened the scoring after eight minutes at Dobsonville Stadium and defender Amaro from championship runners-up Primeiro Agosto added a second five minutes from time.

Zambia, who begin the defence of the title on January 21 against Ethiopia in north-eastern South African city Nelspruit, lost away to Saudi Arabia and Tanzania last month.

But the losses will not unduly concern 44-year-old French coach Herve Renard as Zambia also posted poor warm-up results before winning the Cup of Nations for the first time with a penalty shootout victory over favourites Ivory Coast.

Chipolopolo (The Copper Bullets) have three more friendlies lined up against Morocco, Norway and Namibia before facing Group C rivals Ethiopia, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.

Angola, whose Group A opponents will be South Africa, Morocco and the Cape Verde Islands, are on a roll under Uruguayan coach Gustavo Ferrin as this was a third win in a row after home successes against Rwanda and Cameroon.


  • kenny.mkandawire - 2013-01-05 21:59

    i still feel this is good for the boys so that they know that every team what to beat them. come on boys you can do what you did in 2012

      promise.ozuzu - 2013-01-06 07:31

      @Kenny, dis is 2013 not 2013!

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-05 22:16

    Zambia is maybe playing a mind game and they don't want to expose their secret weapons yet, let us wait and see!!

  • joseph.mthembu - 2013-01-05 23:29

    Alikho alazkhatha emhlan...

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