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African Nations Cup MALI 2002
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
3rd place
Senegal - Zambia
Before the match:
Three points will send Senegal through to the quarter finals and the Lions are better adviced to seize this opportunity and avoid a 'final' against Tunisia in the last match. From pure mathematics, Zambia cannot get eliminated today but points would put the outsiders in a even better position.
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After beating new archrivals Egypt for the first time in the series of recent direct encounters in various competitions, Senegal seem in a comfortable position to advance and their odds to win the tournament have moved up to #3 position. They should not lose concentration and will have to preclude overconfidence against the Zambians. Also they should target the number 1 spot in the group to avoid an encounter with Cameroon in the quarter-finals.
Zambia have been shaken by flue and even if the team is reported to be on recovery they will be thankful for a slower match. The knowledge might play a psychological role which could do their game no good. Against Tunisia they had been pressed into their own half and had established few but dangerous counters involving their long time forward Dennis Lota.

1st half:
-Senegal in white, Zambia in yellow socks and shirts, black shorts, and without number one attacker Dennis Lota.
-('3) Zambian defender Sichone loses the ball against #18 Thiaw who storms into the penalty area and after contact with the defender falls - the referee waves on, a close decision
-('4) Huge opportunity for Zambia as #11 Harry Milanzi breaks through. Senegalese keeper Sylva thwows himself into the way the ball bounces back against Milanzis chest and Senegal are lucky that he can't reach it anymore before it goes out wide left aside at the empty goal
-a fast game in the first minutes and Zambia do look anything else than weakened by the reported flu
-Senegal: the fast #18 Bouna Thiaw from Lousanne is impressing in the first minutes
-('16) Zambia play through but #13 Mumamba's shot is too weak to get Sylva into troubles
-Senegal with a good game but yet lacking the final precision  - Zambia are keeping the match quite open playing into attack quickly
-('28)' Zambia: #17 Gift Kampamba, who plays for African Champions League finalist Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, has his shot deflected for a corner which gets plucked down by Sylva
-Senegal have their difficulties with the quick and resilient Zambians but have proved in the past they have the patience for such a match
-('43) Zambia break through and have the Senegalese defence outnumbered. Kampamba? fires himself and his shot goes wide by a narrow margin
-('44) Senegal: The Zambian keeper tries to catch a corner but fails and the ball bounces against a surprised Senegalese attacker behind him. The uncontrolled ball goes wide left to the deserted goal

halftime 0:0
Has the story about the Zambian flu problems been tactics? Zambia have surprised with resilience and attacking potential. They have been even closer to scoring while the Senegalese play their game disciplined and patiently but not error free

2nd half:
-('46) #20 Sylvain N'Diaye is in for #18 Bouna Thiaw who began strong but had been less effective since and has long range attempt across the bar two minutes later
-('58) Senegalese Sylva is in the spotlight as he saves a Kampamba shot from halft left and seconds later intercepts a ball outside the penalty area by head
-goal scenes are rare as Zambian resistance successfully continues
-El Hadj Diouf until now completely taken out of the game by Zambian defence. But as we know him, he will work patiently for his chance
-('65) Zambia: Milanzi breaks through but his low shot is not very good and saved by Sylva
-('72) Senegal: Two times problems for the Zambian defence at crosses, the first leads to a Diouf header but which cannot have enough power to beat the good Zambian keeper
-('73) Diouf falls over the leg of defender Sichone. The referee's whistle remians silent
-('78) fine combination by Zambia: Charles Lota cannot get the ball past Sylva as Kampamba sets him up
-('82) Senegal:  Souleymane Camera comes in for Henri Camera
-('83) Zambia: Kampammba fires again as he might have better considered a pass. He is the most conspicious attacker today anyway
-('85) Senegal trap Zambia with a short played corner. the eventual cross find the Zambian defence in chaos and several players free. Diouf heads it to #22 Makhtar Ndiaye who had come on as a substitute and now unbelievably heads it wide - the biggest opportunity of the game for Senegal
-('90) Zambian defence loses concentration and Souleymane Camera converts the NDiaye cross with his header - 1:0

final score 1:0
A cruel finale for the brave Zambians who had deserved a draw. But it is the quality of champions like Cameroon and Senegal to decide those close matches for themselves by the quality of their players exploiting the singular moment that is offering the opportunity. The patience has paid off.
Senegal are qualified for the quarter finals.
Senegal  2 2-0 6
Egypt  2 1-1 3
Zambia  2 0-1 1
Tunisia  2 0-1 1
Senegal are qualified but have not secured first place yet which would spare them a quarter final against Cameroon

match data as published by CAF Online:
Referee: Abdulhakim Shelmani (LBY)
Ass. Referees: Osman Hamid (SUD), B. Mudzamiri (ZIM)
Attendance: 20,000
Senegal: Souleymane Camara 90 
Senegal: 1-Tony Sylva; 3-Pape Sarr, 6-Aliou Cisse, 17-Ferdinand Coly, 13-Lamine Diatta, 5-Alassane Ndour, 15-Alassani Diao, 7-Henri Camara (9-Souleymane Camara 84), 10-Fadiga Khalilou (22-Makhtar Ndiaye 46), 11-El Hadj Ousseynou Diof, 18-Pape Bouna Thiaw, (20-Sylvain Ndiaye 46) 
Zambia: 1-Davies Phiri; 21-Hillary Makasa, 4-Moses Sichone, 5-Elijah Tana, 7-Mark Sinyangwe, 13-Numba Mumamba (2-Laughter Chilembe 84), 15-Ian Bakala (18-Nsofwa Chaswe 75), 17-Gift Kampamba, 8-Charles Lota, 19-Andrew Sinkala, 11-Harry Milanza (9-Cosmas Banda 88) 
Zambia: 5- Elijah Tana (30)


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