Bwalya spurs Zambia

India found the Zambians too hot to handle as the visitors, who lead 1-0 at half time, pumped in five goals through Mulilo Jimmy Chisamba (14th), Sitali Joseph Mushumba (55th) and Bwalya (69th, 72nd, 90th).

The African team’s pace and power mesmerised the Indians, as the visitors moved the ball with short passes and held possession throughout the match.

The hosts were forced on the backfoot with their midfield failing to take control as the Zambians raided the rival goal with ease.

After some initial resistance, the visitors opened their account in the 14th minute.
A quick move on the right saw Chisamba with the ball outside the box. Chisamba dribbled past defender Syed Rahim Nabi and made inroads into the box taking defender Gouramangi Singh in his stride before unleashing an angular drive to find the back of the net.

India resorted to long passes to break the rival defence and had two chances to find the equaliser but a Sushil Singh header off a corner taken by Steven Dias from the right was saved by defender Sitali Joseph Mushumba in the 18th minute.

Later in the 42nd minute, Dias drove the ball over from inside the box off a nice pass from Mahesh Gawli.

The visitors kept probing into the rival half with accurate passes and Ketongo Felix forced rival goalkeeper Karanjit Singh to make a diving save.

After the change of ends, India coach Savio Medeira brought in a fresh pair of legs by replacing Baljit Sahni, Baldeep Singh and Steven Dias with Joaquim Abranches, Jaspal Parmar and Climax Lawerence, but that did not help as Zambia increased the lead in the 55th minute.

Mulenga Henry Nyambe played a ball through to Mushumba, who made no mistake in finding the target.

Zambia coach Herve Renald then made three changes bringing in Mudenda Kennedy, Bwalya, and Luputa Alfred in place of Kangwa Evans, Kampamba Ronald and Katongo Felix.

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