African Nations Cup

January 21, 2013



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Group C

15:00 +00:00, January 21, 2013

Mbombela Stadium

Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane

Holders held by ten-men

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Zambia opened the defence of their African Nations Cup title with a disappointing draw in an eventful Group C clash with 10-man Ethiopia at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

• Kung-Fu Tassew • Highlights: Zambia 1-1 Ethiopia

Ethiopia's Saladin Said saw his weak penalty saved in the 23rd minute and Sewnet Bishaw's team were reduced to 10 men just after the half hour when goalkeeper Jemal Tassew charged out of his area and made a terrible high challenge on Chisamba Lungu.

Zambia made their numerical superiority count in first-half injury time through Collins Mbesuma, but Adane Girma equalised on 64 minutes, much to the delight of the thousands of noisy Ethiopia fans inside the ground.

The game got off to a lively start with Zambia defender Stophira Sunzu firing over from long range with just 72 seconds on the clock, but it was Ethiopia who should have taken the lead on 16 minutes.

Girma's hopeful long ball was misjudged by defenders Sunzu and Hijani Himoonde and deflected into the path of Saladin, who perfectly lobbed the onrushing goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene only to see the ball take an amazing bounce off the rock-hard pitch and over the bar.

However, Saladin only had himself to blame for not scoring seven minutes later, seeing Mweene dive to his left and comfortably save his weak penalty after he had been brought down by Lungu.

Ethiopia were made to pay for that miss on 32 minutes when Chansa's pass set Lungu clear and, after lobbing the ball wide, he was scythed down by Tassew, whose right boot caught Lungu painfully in the midriff.

Tassew stayed down and received lengthy treatment, but any hopes that would persuade the referee to show leniency were extinguished when the red card was shown as Tassew was carried off on a stretcher.

Nothing came from the resulting free-kick, but Zambia eventually took the lead in injury time as Isaac Chansa's clever header found Mbesuma in between two defenders and he found the bottom corner from 12 yards.

Chansa and several team-mates celebrated with a well-rehearsed routine near the corner flag which was sadly marred by a number of objects being thrown at them from the crowd.

Zambia were unable to find a second goal to kill the game off in the second half and Ethiopia got back on level terms on 64 minutes when Saladin found Girma inside the area and he fired home off the near post.

Five minutes later, Mbesuma was unlucky to be booked for a dive in the area when Aynalem Hailu looked to be pulling his shirt, and despite pushing forward in search of the winner, Zambia were unable to claim all three points.

Scoring Summary

Zambia Ethiopia
Collins Mbesuma (45')Saladine Said (pen miss 24')
 Adane Grima (65')


Zambia Ethiopia
16 Kennedy Mweene22 Jemal Tassew
Joseph MusondaAbebaw Butaco
6 Davis Nkausa5 Aynalem Hailu
13 Stophira Sunzu12 Biyadgilign Elias
19 Nathan Sinkala17 Seyom Tesfaye
5 Hijani Himoonda8 Asrat Megersa
Isaac Chansa14 Menyahel Teshome
17 Rainford Kalaba18 Shimeles Bekele
Collins Mbesuma19 Adane Grima
11 Christopher KatongoSaladine Said
Chisamba Lungu9 Getaneh Kebede
22 Danny MunyaoSisay Bancha 1
Joshua TitimaZerihun Tadelle 23
Francis KasondeDegu Debebe 2
18 Emmanuel MbolaAlula Girma 6
10 Felix KatongoBirhanu Bogale 10
15 William NjobvuYared Zinabu 3
14 Noah ChivutaJussuf Saleh 16
21 Jonas SakuwahaAddis Hintsa 21
23 Mukuka MulengaMengitsu Assefa 20
12 James ChamangaDawit Estianose 15
Jacob MulengaAbdus Ibrahim 13
20 Emmanuel MayukaUmed Ukuri 11
Jacob Mulenga for Joseph Musonda (60)
Zerihun Tadelle for Shimeles Bekele (39)
Mukuka Mulenga for Isaac Chansa (76)
Addis Hintsa for Getaneh Kebede (64)
Emmanuel Mayuka for Christopher Katongo (84)
Abdus Ibrahim for Menyahel Teshome (90)
Yellow Cards
Stophira Sunzu (11)
Aynalem Hailu (39)
Chisamba Lungu (24)
Abebaw Butaco (90)
Joseph Musonda (45)
Collins Mbesuma (70)
Red Cards
 Jemal Tassew (35)
· Squads: Zambia | Ethiopia