Zim Warriors through to Africa Cup of Nations finals, Zambia drop points in heart stopping encounter against Algeria
Final scores Zambia 3, Algeria 3
It was a match Zambia could have won but they wasted many opportunities in the final minutes of the game.
The Warriors of Zimbabwe did themselves a big favour by beating the Zebras of Botswana in the other Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers group H match by a goal to nil.
The match was played earlier, Thursday evening, at Obed Itani Chilume Stadium in Botswana.
The Warriors’ goal came from the boot of Perfect Chikwende in the 14th minute.
Looking at the way Zambia played in Lusaka against Algeria, there is no way a depleted Zimbabwe could have outplayed the Chipolopolo side that gave the desert Foxes a good run for their money.
Despite a spirited performance, the Zambians could only draw 3-3 with the African champions, with Patson Daka giving as much as he could for his country by converting two penalties.
In a heart-stopping final few minutes of the game, Daka thought he had won the game, for his team, but his cool effort was ruled out for offside.
Replays showed he had started his run, just a bit earlier, than the Algerian defence.
Then, an Algerian defender, somehow, pushed his clearance onto his upright post, in the madness of that finale, before the Desert Foxes held out for a draw, which ended Zambian hopes.
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