Zambia National Soccer’s dream to qualify to the CAF TOTAL Africa Cup of nations has ended after the Chipolopolo failed to beat Algeria on Thursday night.

The MILUTINI SREDOJEVIC coached side settled for 3-3 draw in highly contested match at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka and this means that Zambia has failed to qualify for the Continental showpiece for the Third consecutive time.

Algeria and Zimbabwe have qualified for the Rescheduled 2021 Africa Cup of Nations set for Cameroon next year.

Rachid Ghezzal broke the deadlock in the 19th minute to put the Algerians in front before Islam Slimani extended the lead six minutes later.
Redbull Salzburg forward Patson DAKA converted from the spotkick in the 32nd minute and Zambia was trailing 2-1 at halftime.

The Simba Sc Midfieder Clatous Chama levelled the scoreline seven minutes after second half kickoff but there equalizer was short-lived as the Algerians were back in the lead in the 55th Minute through Islam Slimani who completed his brace.

Patson DAKA came through with another equalizer again to complete his brace via a penalty after Forward Moses Phiri was brought down in the 18 yard area to level the scores to 3-3 and also came through with what looked like a winner for Zambia towards the end of the match but his goal was ruled out for offside.

Algeria raised their point tally to 11,Three points above second placed side,ZIMBABWE who are on Eight points after they defeated Botswana in a lone goal Victory in the earlier Group H fixture.
Botswana comes third with Four points same as Zambia but leads Chipolopolo on head-to-head rule.

Zambia is set to take on Zimbabwe in Harare while Algeria will host Botswana in a formality group matches.

On the other hand Neighbours, The Zebras of Botswana suffered defeat after losing one-nil (1-0) to Zimbabwe’s Warriors in the 2021 TOTAL AFCON Qualifier match played at Francistown’s Obed Itani Chilume stadium this evening.

The Warriors of Zimbabwe emerged victorious after scoring in the 14th minute courtesy of a perfect rebound by Perfect Chikwende, dampening the mood in the Zebras camp during the first 45-minutes.

Botswana failed to pick maximum points despite the homeground advantage.

However, coach Adel Amrouche’s charges did all they could to make a come back in the second half only to be put at bay by the strong and agile Zimbabwean back who all pulled back to defend their 1-nil lead.

In a post match interview, Zebras assistant coach, Dr. Carolin Braun was upset with the result citing lack of mental strength as one of the underlying factors that led to the unexpected Zebras’ defeat.

“Not the result we wanted. In crucial games like this one you need to have mental strength. It’s been a year without football and of course we were on camp for close to four (4) weeks. We had some of the players that we had wanted to field but we couldn’t get them. We carried on with the players we could pick because every player can play whenever called to play. We will take tonight’s defeat and plan for the next game, including our future prospects,” said Dr. Braun.

For his part, Zimabwean coach, Zdravko Logarusic said Botswana gave his charges a very competitive game.

“It was a game riddled with mistakes and those mistakes worked for us in the end. A tussle with the keeper, on a bounce ball and we converted it. Botswana had their chances but couldn’t convert. However, they were in it to win it, a tough battle at the end. As we close up the qualifications we hope to finish on a high note,” said Logarusic.

The Botswana Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development, Tumiso Rakgare, the BFA president, Maclean Letshwiti, Zimbabwean Ambassador, Batiraishe Henry Mukonoweshuro are some of the dignitaries that watched tonight’s clash, in which Zimbabwe beat Botswana by 1 goal to nil.

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