Game Analysis: How our players fared in the game against Ghana.

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By Richard Katongo

Ghana 2-1 Zambia – Player Ratter
Kennedy Mweene (5- our number 1 man showed the best of both worlds, that fantastic ball he parried in the first half from Wakaso was goal bound but he reacted quickly and limited the damage. Was totally beaten by a clever and talented Kwadwo Asamoah and am sure the Ghanains have watched videos and saw that our keeper is a victim of poor positioning many times and Kwadwo was clever enough to see the minute Mweene was wrongly positioned, he shot and scored. He could have done better for the 1st goal.

Joseph Musonda (4)-the most capped Zambian player was clearly at pains to cope with the speed and trickery of young Dede and the other young stars, he should have been the man to challenge for the ball that resulted in the first goal and Dede made a good cross from his wing that Gyan headed over the bar. Offered little support in attack and was injured on one occasion that he went into a top men’s position. This could be his last game for Zambia after many years of great service and if Dandy Krazy can get a medal for his popular song, Joseph Musonda deserves the class one eagle medal for his service to mother Zambia.

Davis Nkausu (5)-he had a bad day at the office and looked tired and lost, mistimed passes, miscommunication with fellow defenders, in a game that Zambia expected to win, we expected him to go forward a lot and put in some crosses but he did not this and decided to sit deep in defence and was beaten on many occasions by Mohamed Wakaso.

Stophilla Sunzu (6)-he is always the pillar in the defence though he struggled to settle into the game but he find his rhythm and managed to silence Asamoah Gyan,he covered up very for his ineffective partners in Davis and Hichani.

HH (3)-A player with his height and weight is expected to his that to his advantage but this is clearly too much to ask for from HH,his concentration was low and he kept pumping balls forward to no one. We needed to replace him 6 months ago.

Nathan Sinkala (7)-The most effective player of the day and man of the match in the Zambian team, a true midfield GENERAL, he was bossy in his territory, good positioning and reading of the game but was mostly overwhelmed in the first half and conceded many free kicks, his passing was good and physicality went a long way in causing the hosts to find other routes of getting the ball forward, showed his mark of leadership when he took things personal and scored from the edge of the box. In attack, he looked like a creative midfielder with his neat passing and in defence he was there doing the donkey work. The future CAPTAIN of the Chipolopolo.

Kondwani Mtonga (6.5)-another star is born, this was surely the most competitive game of his career and he had to partner a good holding midfielder to protect the rear 4.Gave a good account of himself as he did well to drop and help out in defensemen, he timed his runs very well and made some good interceptions, he should work on his link up play and pass accuracy,otherwise,out goes HH and in comes Kondwa.

Rainford Kalaba (5)-it was an ordinary day and shit by the “master”, his creative mind was nowhere to be seen, he did not trouble the opposition defense,his dribbling seems to have gone down, he did not make any accurate through ball nor create a clear-cut chance for Mayuka, key passes from Kalaba for any of his teammates were really scarce and he was supposed to be the heartbeat of the midfield. His set-piece taking abilities are also not very good, Zambia had a free kick in a decent position within the first 10 minutes and Rainford hit the wall, this was a chance to instil some fear into the spines of the hosts. He rolled back the years with a clever pass to Nathan Sinkala for Zambia’s goal. Surely, we miss the Rainford Kalaba of 2010 and 2012.

Chisamba Lungu (6)-he did not show a lot of his fancy foot work that has won him many lovers and haters, he tried to initiate moves with quick passing but the hosts were up to the task. He also dropped deep into defence to help especially when the Joseph Musonda was injured and in the closing minutes.

Christopher Katongo (4)-The captain was nowhere to be seen, he played the entire game without a clear shot on target. On a night such as that, we expected him to rise to the occasion and inspire his colleagues with a performance of his life.

Emmanuel Mayuka (5)-The lone striker was deprived of good service from the midfield and the tight-knit nature of the Ghanaian defensive unit did not make things any easy for the striker that has played 12 games for Zambia without scoring a goal. Despite having 3 midfielders behind him, he was clearly starved of balls in the box so he also had to drop to fight for the ball. Hopefully his loan move to France will help him rediscover his scoring form.