Shepolopolo Zambia failed to reach the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup final following a controversial 1-0 loss to South Africa in the semifinal on Monday night.

It was an heartbreaking loss as Zambia conceded a 90th minute penalty in Casablanca.

South Africa’s Linda Motlhalo scored a 90th minute penalty after Martha Tembo allegedly fouled Jermaine Seoposenwe in the box.

VAR confirmed Tembo’s foul.

Motlhalo stepped forward to beat Zambia keeper Catherine Musonda.

It was a game of two halves with Zambia dominating the opening half and Banyana controlled the last 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, Zambia will fight for third place against the losers of the second semifinal tie involving Morocco and Nigeria.

Source: Lusaka Times

Chipolopolo beat Namibia1-0 in a nail bitting final after extra time at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban to claim a record equalling sixth COSAFA Cup title.

Durban it seems is good hunting ground for Chipolopolo where they won their fifth COSAFA Cup title 2019 but failed to defend it in spectacular fashion in 2021 at Nelson Mandela Bay where they made a group stage exit.

Sundays triumph also handed new coach Aljosa Asanovic his first title seven months since his appointment.

It was a modest first half that produced very little drama that was littered with offsides midway through the game.

Zambia suffered a setback when midfielder Spencer Sautu was taken off injured and replaced by Albert Kangwanda in the 38th minutes.

But Namibia gave Zambia a scare in the 44th minute when Absalom Iimbondi and Marcel Papama failed to connect with a cross in one of two tangible gaps they found in an otherwise sparkless first half.

The second half was more eventful with Namibia defender Aprocius Petrus’ teasing 59th minute free kick that went wide of the far post.

Albert Kangwanda too tried something similar from range in the 73rdd minute but it too didn’t bother Namibian goalkeeper Edward Mao a.

Charles Kalumba then kept out a fine shot from Iimbondi in the 75th minute.

The wave shifted to Namibia’s half in the last 10 minutes that saw Kelvin Kampamba 85th minute shot and Prosper Chiluyas 88th minute free kick parried by Maova.

Action moved into the 30 minutes of extra time Namibia thought they had a breakthrough in the 95th minute when Petrus free kick was wasted on the rebound by Prins Tjiueza.

Source: Lusaka Times

Tokyo is to be the host of the 2025 World Athletics Championships, beating competition from Kenya, Poland and Singapore.

Announcing the decision the World Athletics President, Sebastian Coe, said Tokyo offered a compelling bid among an extremely strong field of candidates.

The announcement was made on the eve of the opening of the 2022 Championships in the US state of Oregon.

Last year, Tokyo hosted a delayed Olympics games behind closed doors because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: BBC

Zambia will treat their Women's Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) quarter-final against Senegal on Wednesday as a 'final' given the match carries World Cup qualification for the winner.

Zambia beat Togo 4-1 on Saturday night in Casablanca to top Group B, after goals from Grace Chanda (2), Ireen Lungu and Siomara Mapepa, with Cameroon and Tunisia also making it through to the last eight.

All this year's Wafcon quarter-finalists are now known given that Saturday's results guaranteed both Botswana and Nigeria at least a third best-placed finish in Group C, which concludes on Sunday.

Any side reaching the semi-finals in Morocco gain automatic qualification for the 2023 Women's World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, with neither Zambia nor Senegal having played at the global tournament before.

"We want to play as if we're playing the final because once we win that one, automatically we know that we are in the World Cup," Zambia coach Bruce Mwape coach told BBC Sport Africa.

"This game is what we want to play - and we'll be taking it very seriously."

Zambia have put aside distractions over the absence of captain Barbra Banda owing to 'gender eligibility' to emerge unbeaten in the group, with two wins and a draw from their three Group B ties.

Banda was a key figure as Zambia's women made their Olympic debut, scoring back-to-back hat-tricks, and the experience in Tokyo is giving Mwape's charges confidence.

"Any of the so-called big teams in Africa are beatable," he said. "We have prepared adequately for all the teams that come our way and have played against teams like Nigeria and Ghana.

"But with the experience our players have gained from competitions like the Olympics, they can withstand any pressure from any team."

Only the Zambia-Senegal quarter-final line-up has been determined, given that the top three sides in Group C will not be determined until Sunday night.

Cameroon beat Tunisia 2-0 on Saturday in a result that sent both sides through, given that each have registered at least one victory apiece in Morocco.

Tunisia won their opener against Togo but followed with defeats by Zambia and the Indomitable Lionesses, who finally won a game after two previous draws.

Batya Bisi Abam opened the scoring after three minutes but had to wait until the final seconds to seal the win as Inter Milan's Nchout Njoya Ajara finally registered her first goal of these championships.

Togo were making their Wafcon debut at this year's finals and had made it onto African football's biggest female stage despite not playing their first international - after an 11-year break - in 2018.

Led by Kai Tomety, one of a record three female head coaches at the tournament, the Ladies Sparrowhawks were beaten 4-1 in their opener against Tunisia, before gaining a creditable 1-1 draw against three-time runners-up Cameroon, who appeared at the last Women's World Cup.

The Togolese were well-beaten by a Zambian side in good form in Casablanca on Saturday, leaving Tomety to express her 'disappointment' at the early exit.

"We wanted to win the match to reach the second round, but we came across the strongest [of sides]," Komety said afterwards.

"Admittedly, the defence committed many mistakes, which cause these four goals, but I think we have become better organised.

"It's a first participation, and we've seen everything that happens at this level. We're going to learn lessons to prepare the girls for the next one. With the multiplication of training courses and other competitions, I think we will reach the level of the other teams.

"I would say that our performance was quite good, simply because we managed to score at least one goal in each match.

"We conceded four against Tunisia at the start and mistakes led to some of the goals. We also had tactical errors against Zambia, but we had a great match against Cameroon. We will find the remedies to play better."

The Wafcon group stages come to a close on Sunday, when South Africa play Botswana and Nigeria take on Burundi.

Source: BBC

Chipolopolo coach ALJOSA ASANOVIC has named his 23-member squad for the 2022 Hollywood bets Cosafa Cup.

The all-local squad is a blend of youth and experience as ASANOVIC has made new inclusions and recalled some familiar faces for the tournament.

Among the youngsters roped into the Squad are Zesco United’s ENOCK SAKALA, JIMMY MUKEYA of NAPSA Stars and JOSHUA MUTALE of Power Dynamos while Green Eagles Defender WARREN KUNDA is among the experienced players summoned to camp.

And following his switch to Zesco United newly Goal Keeper CYRIL CHIBWE has been included into the COSAFA bound team.

The ASANOVIC tutored side will join the tournament at the quarterfinal stage with a tie against the winners of Group A that comprises Botswana, Angola, Comoros, and Seychelles.

FULL SQUAD

(GOALKEEPERS)

Cyril Chibwe (Zesco United), Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Charles Kalumba (Red Arrows)

(DEFENDERS)

Prosper Chiluya, Allan Kapila, Benedict Chepeshi, (all Red Arrows), Shemmy Mayembe (Zesco United), Luka Banda (Napsa Stars), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors), Warren Kunda (Green Eagles) and Joshua Mutale (Power Dynamos).

(MIDFIELDERS)

Kelvin Kapumbu (Zanaco), Sadam Phiri (Red Arrows), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Patrick Gondwe, Harrison Chisala (both Nkana), Kelvin Kampamba, Spencer Sautu (Zesco United), Albert Kangwanda (Red Arrows), Abraham Siankombo (Zanaco)

(STRIKERS)

Jimmy Mukeya (Napsa Stars), Ricky Banda (Red Arrows), Enock Sakala jnr (Zesco United).

The 2022 Cosafa tournament will run from July 5-17 in Durban, South Africa.

Source: ZNBC

The Egyptian Football Association has sacked Ehab Galal as coach after just three games in charge of the national team.

Galal, 54, replaced Carlos Queiroz in April after the Pharaohs failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

But he was dismissed after a shock 2-0 defeat to Ethiopia in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier and 4-1 friendly loss against South Korea.

EFA board member Hazem Emam said they will look to appoint a foreign coach.

Galal was appointed by Egypt after a season at Cairo-based Pyramids and previously managed several other club sides including Zamalek, El Masry, and Al Ahly Tripoli.

In his first match in charge in June, Egypt claimed a late 1-0 win over Guinea in a Nations Cup qualifier.

But the two losses - both missed by their captain and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah through injury - proved costly for Galal.

Emam said the EFA was "in talks with several foreign coaches" and will also bring in a technical director.

"I would like to thank coach Ehab Galal, a very respectful man, who has worked under some tough circumstances," he added. "I want to apologise to him, but sometimes the pressure is too much and we saw it would be better for everyone to change."

Queiroz, the former Portugal and Iran coach and assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, had led the record seven-time African champions to the final of the Nations Cup in February in Cameroon, where they were beaten on penalties by Senegal.

Egypt then lost to the same opposition - again in a spot-kick shootout - in Africa's play-offs for the World Cup in Qatar.

Source: BBC

Wilson Mulinda-Zambia has redeemed it’s hopes of qualifying to the 2023 AFCON after beating Comoros by 2 goals to 1.

The Chipolopolo had to come from behind after conceding early in the match.

A mixup in communication between THANDI MWAPE and goalkeeper TOASTER NSABATA resulted in Comoros taking the lead through EL-FARDOU BEN MOHAMED in the 13th minute.

That early deficit seemed to spark life into the Chipolopolo as they took control of the game.

Winger LUBAMBO MUSONDA tried an effort from range with halftime approaching but was beaten out by the Comoros shot stopper.

Skipper ENOCK MWEPU pulled the team level deep into first half stoppage time with a clever finish after controlling and shooting past Comoros defenders.

Comoros started the second half stronger with a series of attacks but luck was on the side of the Chipolopolo.

Chipolopolo Coach ALJOSA ASANOVIC rang the changes in the second half, bringing on KLINGS KANGWA, LAMECK BANDA and KELVIN KAMPAMBA.

A moment of magic from KANGWA gave the Chipolopolo the lead as he curled a free kick into the top left corner with 2 minutes of normal time left after he was brought down.

The Victory sees Zambia move from bottom of the table ahead of the next round of qualifiers in September.

Source: ZNBC

Senegal star Sadio Mane scored a 98th-minute penalty in a 1-0 win over Rwanda to maintain the African champions' perfect start to 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

The forward settled a drab encounter in the Senegalese capital Dakar when holding his nerve to drill home and finally break Rwanda's resistance.

It is the second time this year the Liverpool forward, heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich, has converted a spot-kick deep into added time, after his 97th-minute winner against Zimbabwe in Senegal's opening Nations Cup game in Cameroon.

Mane - who also scored the winning penalty in the Nations Cup final - is enjoyable a memorable spell after netting a hat-trick in Saturday's win over Benin to become the Teranga Lions' record goalscorer.

Despite playing in Dakar in what was actually a nominal home tie for Rwanda, the Nations Cup winners - Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly and PSG's Idrissa Gueye among them - struggled for form.

Senegal have played their opening two qualifiers at home, with Rwanda reversing Tuesday's match to enable them to continue renovations on their Amahoro Stadium in Kigali.

The Teranga Lions are five points clear in Group L after just two games, but Benin and Mozambique - who have played just once - meet on Wednesday.

Zambia late show

Earlier on Tuesday, Zambia rebounded from Saturday's opening defeat against Ivory Coast when beating Comoros, who picked up three points off Lesotho on Thursday, 2-1 in Lusaka.

The island nation, who stunned Ghana on their Nations Cup debut earlier this year, looked like they might be set for another upset when taking the lead through El Fardou Ben Nabouhane's early strike.

But the sides were level at the break as Brighton midfielder Enock Mwepu, who missed the end of the Premier League season with injury, converted two minutes into injury time.

Their winner was also late, as Kings Kangwa scored in the 88th-minute winner to secure the 2012 African champions' first points in the group.

Comoros, Zambia and Lesotho are competing for just one spot at the finals, as Ivory Coast are already assured of a place at the tournament as hosts.

The West Africans meet Lesotho in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Dango Ouattara scored twice as Burkina Faso came from behind to beat Eswatini 3-1 and avoid an upset.

Eswatini had grabbed a point against Togo last Friday and took the lead against Burkina Faso through Sabelo Ndzinisa's 65th-minute effort.

Yet their advantage lasted just four minutes as Ouattara equalised before the Lorient forward then made it 2-1 in the 75th minute.

After Eswatini's Lindo Mkhonta was sent off for a second bookable offence, Stephane Aziz Ki rounded off the scoring five minutes before time to extend Burkina Faso's perfect start and keep the Stallions top of Group B.

Cape Verde appeared at their third Nations Cup earlier this year, reaching the Round of 16, and took their first win in the group when beating Togo 2-0 to go second.

Julio Taveres opened the scoring after ten minutes but they had to wait until Jamiro found the net in the fourth minute of added time to secure the win in neutral Morocco.

Togo are winless after two after a disappointing last-gasp draw at home to Eswatini last Friday.

With all teams having played twice, Burkina Faso top the table on six points, followed by Cape Verde (three), Togo and Eswatini (one apiece), with the next two rounds of fixtures scheduled for September.

Source: BBC

Liverpool's bid to claim the Champions League trophy for the seventh time ended in bitter disappointment as Vinicius Jr's second-half winner gave Real Madrid victory in Paris.

Jurgen Klopp's side ran into a one-man wall of defiance as Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois produced one of the great individual performances to thwart Liverpool time and again.

Mohamed Salah, seeking revenge for his early departure through injury in the 2018 final against Real, was denied six times by Courtois who was simply unbeatable.

The victory also sees Carlo Ancelotti make history by becoming the first coach to win a fourth Champions League title.

Real were always a threat and the decisive moment came after 59 minutes when Vinicius stole in unmarked at the far post to score.

This was also a final marred by chaotic scenes outside Stade de France with thousands of Liverpool fans, some targeted with pepper spray by French police, unable to get into the stadium, forcing the kick-off to be delayed by more than 30 minutes.

Liverpool fall at final hurdle

Champions League: Liverpool will 'go again' says Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool's magnificent season brought them the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup - both won on penalties against Chelsea - but ended in a double disappointment in the final week of a stellar campaign.

The Champions League might have eased the agony of just missing out on the Premier League to Manchester City by one point, only for Liverpool to find themselves on the wrong end of a goalkeeping masterclass from Courtois.

The Belgian was simply perfect as he was a constant thorn in Salah's side, turned Sadio Mane's shot on to the post brilliantly and commanded his penalty area with faultless handling.

Salah held his head in disbelief on many occasions as Courtois manned the barricade for Real, leaving the Egyptian to nurse the pain of another Champions League final defeat by the Spanish giants.

Liverpool were not quite at their best and eventually paid the price for not taking chances as Real pounced in trademark fashion to win this tournament for a record-extending 14th time.

Klopp's side could not have given any more as they pushed to the final whistle but looked jaded towards the end - no surprise given the demands made of them this season.

Liverpool will still take huge credit by maintaining a push for an historic quadruple until the final week of the season but the conclusion will sting.

The occasion left even more of a sour taste given the events outside Stade de France. Liverpool are demanding a full investigation into how thousands of their fans could not get into the stadium, with dangerous numbers packed into small areas as kick-off approached.

Real Madrid kings of Europe again

Real Madrid have been living by the skin of their teeth in the Champions League this season, but any side that beats Paris St- Germain, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool to reach their goal answers every question.

This is a side that knows how to get the job done, no matter how late they leave it, no matter how much the odds seem stacked against them.

Real are bolstered by years of experience and quality that gives them concrete-clad self-belief that has seen them navigate their way out of so many tight situations.

And what a moment for their legendary coach Ancelotti, who was brought back to the Bernabeu from Everton a year ago and has won La Liga and the Champions League on his return.

Ancelotti can now lay claim to history with that fourth triumph, once again showing his mastery of managing egos and high-class players who respond to the vastly experienced Italian's promptings.

He was the most relaxed man in Paris at his pre-match press conference, oozing confidence, and can now look back at two Champions League wins over Liverpool, here and for AC Milan in 2007, after losing in the so-called miracle of Istanbul in 2005.

Ancelotti is one of the greats and has proved it again.

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamReal Madrid

Possession

Home54%

Away46%

Shots

Home24

Away4

Shots on Target

Home9

Away2

Corners

Home6

Away2

Fouls

Home13

Away7

Source: BBC

Government has allocated 41 million Kwacha to the men and women’s senior national football teams.

Sports Minister ELVIS NKANDU says of the 41 million Kwacha, 20 million Kwacha has been allocated to the Shepolopolo, while 21 million Kwacha has been given to the Chipolopolo in preparation for the respective upcoming Africa Cup of Nations engagements.

The Shepolopolo will in July this year take part in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations-AWCON- while the Chipolopolo start their AFCON campaign with an away fixture to Ivory Coast on June 3rd, 2022 and will face Comoros Islands on June 7th, 2022.

And NKANDU says the money has been availed to FAZ to ease the burden for the teams preparations.

He however clarified that the money has not been released directly but that FAZ will have access to the funds upon request for various engagements.

Speaking during a press briefing held in Lusaka today, the Minister said the money will also go towards paying the various players allowances while on National duty.

He also disclosed that Government is doing all within its power to grant Defender AIME MABIKA his citizenship.

NKANDU, who also took time to confer with defender FRANK MUSONDA at his office, said government will give support to the FAZ concerning all foreign players that would want to play for the national team.

And MUSONDA said he is happy to be given the opportunity to play for the country.

He said the fans can count on the team to get good results on both games.

 

Source: ZNBC

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