A lot of Zambian soccer fans got interested in the Zambia versus Libya encounter after the flair the Zambian team exhibited in the game against Senegal at the ongoing African Nations cup tournament being co hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. The game had attained a high profile status and the fans expected a win against Libya.
The Zambia national soccer team had been at the African nation's cup finals for the past 15 times and has had no achievements on display to show. In the Zambia versus Libya match, they only needed a draw to keep their chances of progressing to the next round alive.
Zambia, Libya, Senegal and Equatorial Guinea are in the same group. Only two top teams of each group qualify to the next round of the tournament.
The Libyans however, had to win the match for them to stay in the tournament, having lost their first game. The encounter was the second match for both teams in group A.
The match couldn't start at the scheduled time due to heavy rainfall in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, where it was held. The match was delayed for close to an hour. The game started on a watery pitch with both teams trying to do their best under the prevailing conditions. Despite the condition of the pitch however, the match was very entertaining with a total of 4 goals scored during the whole match.
The first few minutes of the game saw both teams playing cautiously and prodding each others defense trying to find an early opening goal on the water logged pitch. The Libyans were first to score in the 5th minute through their striker Osman. This early lead by the Libyans disturbed Zambia's rhythm of play. To consolidate their lone goal, the Libyans made a substitution in the 15th minute.
Zambian coach Herve Rernard had maintained the same line up and his trust in the players proved fruitful when Emmanuel Mayuka equalized for Zambia in the 29th minute. The 21year old Mayuka has two goals to his name so far having had also scored in the last game Zambia played with Senegal.
The first half ended with a goal each. The second half saw the Libyans again scoring an early goal to lead 2-1. Zambia substituted Kasonde for Collins Mbesuma whose time of play was however short lived as he was taken out in the 73rd minute for Felix Katongo.
Christopher Katongo, the captain of the Zambian side, headed in an equalizer for the Zambia national team. The goal advantage the Libyans had was cancelled out and both teams were even at 2 all.
Play was evenly contested as both teams tried to get a winner. But the match was affected by the wet pitch and ball accuracy was severely disturbed. Both teams had chances of scoring but couldn't utilize the chances that came their way and the match ended at 2-2. The result gives Zambia a lot of chances of progressing further to the next round of the tournament.
The Libyans have a mathematical chance if they win their remaining match.
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