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Simon Silwimba of Zambia challenged by Taddeo Lwanga of Uganda during the 2018 CHAN football game between Zambia and Uganda at the Grand Stadium in Marrakech, Morocco on 14 January 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by
Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jan 18, 2018. 20:21


Welcome to as-it-happened coverage of the 2018 African Nations Championship Group B match between Ivory Coast and Zambia from Stade de Marrakech.

Commentary
All times CAT

90+4′ – Full time – Zambia win 2-0 and entrench themselves at the top of Group B on six points, while Ivory Coast sink to the foot of the table.

90+1′ – There will be three minutes of added time.

88′ – Substitution – Roland Zanbi replaces Fonsinho in the Elephants’ final change.

87′ – Substitution – Kambole makes way for Jackson Chirwa in another change for Zambia.

81′ – Less than 10 minutes to play now, this has been a fine display from Zambia. The Chipolopolo have always looked capable of going to a higher gear when needed, while their defence has soaked up whatever the Elephants could throw at them.

76′ – Substitution – Mamadou Diomande replaces Vieira in the second change for Ivory Coast.

74′ – GOAL! Ivory Coast 0-2 Zambia – Another superb goal from Mulenga! The Zambian forward beats three challenges in the penalty area before firing a low shot into the bottom corner to make it 2-0!

69′ – Yellow card – Kouame, also known as Fonsinho, is booked for a foul on Chama.

67′ – Elephants goalkeeper  Zadi flaps at a cross and Mbewe has a chance to shoot on goal, but Koulibaly makes a clearance off his line to keep his team in the game!

62′ – Substitution – Ivory Coast’s first change sees N’Goh make way for Inza Diabate.

60′ – A dangerous free kick delivery from N’Goh, but Zambia’s defence stands firm.

57′ – Substitution – Zambia make the first change, as Samu makes way for Mike Katiba.

50′ – Scrappy play in midfield from both teams, neither has managed to re-find their rhythm in the second half.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either side.

45+2′ – Half time – Zambia deservedly ahead at the break, thanks to Mulenga’s splendid finish. Ivory Coast will need to up their game in the second stanza.

45′ – Samu looks to get onto a loose ball in the box but he’s denied by Zadi and fouls the goalkeeper in the process.

41′ – Yellow card – Zambia’s Silwimba is booked for a studs-up challenge.

36′ – Ivory Coast work an elaborate free kick routine which ends with the ball in the hands of Zambian goalkeeper Nsabata.

31′ – Zambia string together a great attack down the left, Mulenga chips in a cross and Mbewe’s downward header bounces back up off the turf and hits the crossbar! So close to 2-0 for Chipolopolo!

28′ – Ivory Coast’s Essis Aka is somewhat lucky not to go in the book after a nasty challenge on Mulenga.

23′ – Midway through the first half, Zambia in control of the game at 1-0 up.

18′ – Kouame cuts inside from the right and shoots with his left, but Nsabata makes a comfortable save.

15′ – Britto has to make a brilliant clearance to prevent Samu from making it 2-0, with the striker looking to get on the end of Kambole’s cross from the right.

12′ – The Elephants looks to build an attack from midfield, but their move ends with a clumsy foul on Zambian defender Silwimba.

8′ – GOAL! Ivory Coast 0-1 Zambia – Chipolopolo cut the Ivorian defence wide open, with Kambole teeing up Mulenga, who sweeps home a low shot from the ‘D’ of the penalty area, great finish!

5′ – Now Ivorian attacker Kouame tumbles in the box, but the referee waves away their appeals for a penalty.

3′ – Ivory Coast with the first notable attack, Togui gets across his marker to meet a low pass from the left, but his effort is straight out for a goal kick under pressure from goalkeeper Nsabata.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Marrakech! Ivory Coast wear orange and white, while Zambia are in all-green.

18h20 – The referee for this match is Hamada Nampiandraza from Madagascar.

18h10 – A reminder that Ivory Coast began their Group B campaign with a surprise 1-0 loss at the hands of Namibia on Sunday, while Zambia claimed a 3-1 win over Uganda and will be looking for early qualification to the quarterfinals.

18h00 – Here are the starting line-ups with 30 minutes to kick-off:

Ivory Coast: 1. Hortalin Zadi, 2. Willie Britto, 15. Romuald Diasso, 3. Arnaud Akassou, 4. Wonlo Koulibaly, 6. Hamed Diomande, 8. Brou N’Goh, 5. Essis Aka, 11. Alphonse Kouame, 7. William Togui, 14. Mohamed Vieira

Zambia: 18. Toaster Nsabata, 6. Simon Silwimba, 4. Adrian Chama, 19. Ziyo Tembo, 20. Fackson Kapumbu, 7. Ernest Mbewe, 16. Kondwani Mtonga, 15. Donashano Malama, 17. Augustine Mulenga, 5. Lazarous Kambole, 23. Friday Samu


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