Chipolopolo Reach Final as Toky sees Red

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar November 21, 2018 21:07

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Chipolopolo Reach Final as Toky sees Red

By Satish Sekar in Polokwane © Satish Sekar (June 6th 2018)

Rash

The late-blooming Lazarous Kambole’s strike after 39 minutes proved the difference as Zambia beat a spirited Madagascar 1-0 to guarantee at least matching last year’s second place. Five minutes earlier, Kambole had a chance from close range at keeper, Jean Dieudonné Randrianasola’s right-hand post, but failed to convert.

Madagasy substitute, Toky Andriamanjato, entered the fray after more than an hour was played. Within ten minutes he received his first caution from Namibian referee Jackson Pavaza, and with just a minute of normal time a reckless tackle gave Pavaza little choice but to brandish another yellow, and then red.

Nip and Tuck

In the first 20 minutes Franklin Andriamanarivo’s surprise package of the tournament took the game to their more fancied opponents. Andriamirado Andrianarima had two chances, puling one wide, and seeing Toaster Nsabata save the other, but it wouldn’t have counted anyway.

Zambia grew into the match and within three minutes of Kambole’s goal, Kelvin Kampamba ought to have doubled the Chipolopolo’s lead, but pulled his shot wide – a poor effort. In the second half, Zambia squandered further opportunities, and so did Madagascar.

Clatous Chama’s effort was saved by Randrianasola just over ten minutes into the second half – Tsito Razafindrasata had wasted a golden chance to draw the Madagasys level within two minutes of the restart. A minute before Andriamanjato’s first caution, Razafindrasata, through on goal blasted his shot over.

Further chances came and went, especially for Zambia, but Kambole’s goal proved enough to put the Chipolopolo through to the final – Andriamanarivo’s team, despite losing, had won many admirers.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar November 21, 2018 21:07