The Zambia versus Sudan encounter took place on the 4th February 2012, to decide which of the two teams proceeded to the semi finals in this year's Africa cup of nations (AFCON), which is being co hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
The Zambian coach, Herve Rernard, had stuck with the same lineup which he's been using so far in the likes of Emmanuel Mayuka, Rainford Kalaba, Stophile Sunzu, Christopher Katongo and Kennedy Mweene in goal.
The game was played in Bata, Equatorial Guinea before an almost empty stadium. But lack of spectators did not affect the two teams, and they approached the game with equal determination, each team was after a win to qualify to the last four in the semi final. The Zambia national soccer team got to the quarter final stage by winning two and drawing one of their three games, with a combined score of 5–3.
The first few minutes of the Zambia versus Sudan encounter were unsettled and each team looked likely to score the first goal. Both teams had a wait and see approach to the game. However, as the game progressed, the Zambians looked sharper and the most likely to score the first goal.
It was the Zambian team which took the first initiative, and the first goal of the match came in the 15th minute from a header by Stophile Sunzu. The goal produced a flurry of Sudanese presence in the Zambian half. Kennedy Mweene, the Zambian goalkeeper was kept busy as the Sudanese tried their best to equalize. However, Zambia held on to the lead and they ended the first half at 1–0.
The second half started on a fast pace but the Zambians had an upper hand. In an attempt to clear the ball from their area, Rainford Kalaba, the Zambian forward was brought down in the Sudanese goal area and the Zambia national team was awarded a penalty. Christopher Katongo took the resulting penalty kick which was initially saved by the Sudanese goalkeeper but Katongo managed to score a rebound in the 66th minute of the game.
The second goal destabilized the Sudanese who were now faced with the task of scoring more than two goals in order to stay in contention. Christopher Katongo was injured in a goal mouth melee with the Sudanese goal keeper and he had to go out to be attended to. In the hurry to even things out, a similar challenge by a Sudanese player on a Zambian player produced a red card from the referee. And the Sudanese had to play minus one player for the duration of the second half.
The Zambians took advantage of the situation and the whole direction of the game was changed when James Chamanga who was left relatively unmarked, headed in the third goal from a pass. James Chamanga, who had just come in as a substitute scored the third goal in the last few minutes to put the game way beyond the Sudanese. Before the end, the Zambia versus Sudan match had disorganized the Sudanese and the whole ball game had become a Zambian affair.
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