Zambia v. Libya: Was the rain and the Ref to blame?

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By Gilbert Phiri
That the referee should have have given a penalty to Zambia in the dying minutes of the game against Libya is indisputable.
He had a perfect view of the Zambian being felled in the box. Such refereeing incompetence underlines the reason why African referees are a rare species at global tournaments.
But is Zambia’s draw to Libya attributable to woeful refereeing? Partly. It is also clear that adverse weather conditions had a major say in the 2-2 stalemate between Zambia and Libya.
Zambia could not effectively build up from the back and employ its fluent passing game due to the lakes of water on the pitch! In the process flair players like Rainford Kalaba suffered as he was unable to dictate play as he usually does.
To cope with the conditions, Zambia resorted to pumping the ball forward and Collins Mbesuma was promptly hurled in to try and be at the end of the long balls in the box. Though the expectations of the Chipolopolo fans was for an outright victory, a draw under the inclement weather conditions is not disasterous because Zambia still has destiny in its own hands join Equatorial Guinea in the Quarter Finals.
The ability of the team to twice come back from behind in such bad weather conditions shows that the team has the requisite character to go far in this competition. In finding reasons why we fell behind, we have to scrutinise our defensive play. Our wing back positions were particularly culpable. For the first goal, Chisamba Lungu will have to look himself in the mirror and take the blame for not only positioning himself poorly but also being slow in tracking back to cover his position. For the second goal, Joseph Musonda, the left back, was out of position and in trying to cover for him, Hichani Himoonde sprawled to the ground allowing the Libyans to swing in the ball which Chisamba Lungu again failed to deal with. Overally, our defensive play was a bit disjointed and the central defenders could have done more to cover for the weaknesses in wing back positions.
In midfield, Nathan Sinkala and Isaac Chansa put in a good shift but again the duo’s passing was far from impressive. Further, both players need to play with a bit more urgency than they are currently doing. They should take a leaf, in this regard, from the spirit of their Captain, Christopher Katongo. With better opposition, Zambia risks being completely outplayed and outran in this central area. Nathan Sinkala and Isaac Chansa have to show more battling qualities than has been evident so far. Perhaps Chisamba Lungu is best suited to a midfield role? Felix Katongo was a refreshing addition when he came on in the second half, he brought much needed speed and urgency.
Emmanuel Mayuka produced one of his stellar performances on the night with a well taken lob, from a pin-pointed Kalaba flighted pass, to beat the Libyan keeper for Zambia’s opener. He is fast laying claim to being Zambia’s top striker, together with Jacob Mulenga. This was the game when Collins Mbesuma passed on the torch to a new goal poacher. Emmanuel Mayuka has arrived on the big stage.
Christopher Katongo continued to show why he is still captain of Chipolopolo with a breath-taking performance worthy of a leader. He has an urgency to his play. His powerfully-taken header, after a delightful overhead kick by Isaac Chansa, levelled scores and brought Zambia back into the game. He ran his socks out the whole of the 94 minutes and was Zambia’s most outstanding performer on the night.
The goalkeeper, Kennedy Mweene, had little to do as the Libyans hardly tested him. Apart from his extraordinary decision to parry a high ball straight to the Libyans in the 18-yard box, he did little wrong. His quick release of the ball to the forwards aided the counterattacks that Zambia continued springing on the Libyans. He will have a lot of say in how far Zambia goes in this competition.
Going forward, Davies Nkausu has to takeover the right back position from Chisamba Lungu as the latter has been responsible for all the three goals that Zambia has shipped in this tournament. Chisamba is a good player and he looks very comfortable on the ball. He is just not a natural defender. He could be more useful in midfield. With the left back, Joseph Musonda, one gets the feeling that he is a disaster waiting to happen. Isaac Chansa is another player not really exerting himself. His runs are casual and his general play is pedestrian lacking in grit and purpose. The young Nathan Sinkala simply has no guide in the middle to show him the ropes, he is learning life in Chipolopolo the hard way.
With four (4) points, Zambia has the advantage of topping the group should they win against Equatorial Guinea. This last game against the hosts is a must-win for Zambia because a loss may mean exiting the competition should Libya beat Senegal by a tennis score. The possibility of Zambia qualifying is still there even if they lose against the hosts but no chance needs to be spared in ensuring outright qualification. Zambia must aim to top the group. The abysmal levels of refereeing and atrocious weather notwithstanding, there was more to Zambia’s draw with Libya than the two negatives

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48 Responses to Zambia v. Libya: Was the rain and the Ref to blame?

  1. Amokachi chikala polo kuvimba monga tako ya kareferee sta…

    ghost dog - January 27, 2012
    20:13

  2. But u know what there is no one to blem because the reff was not the one who made it to rain. So for my point of view that was how it meant to be.

    emmacoolmisebezi - January 27, 2012
    16:05

  3. Chisamba lungu out for now

    zambian chiwala boys - January 26, 2012
    23:25

  4. Good analysis

    Swituska - January 26, 2012
    16:50

  5. The ref definitely messed up on a number of decisions i.e Mayuka hand ball and eventual yellow card (wonder how he made that decision when he clearly couldn’t have seen anything going by his positioning), obvious penalty.

    Otherwise the team played well under the circumstances, my only question is why was Mbesuma included??? Renard Should have picked Sakuwaha instead or even Fyayo Tembo. Flex Katongo also should be in that squad.

    Anyways, congrats to the boys, hope we beat the Equatorial team and avoid Ivory Coast………..Mayuka for premiership..

    just me - January 26, 2012
    16:24

  6. Daniel Amokachi is a stranded koswe, imbushi, lufono, chinena chanyina, he was against zambia.and wanted us to loose. chi Amokachi ichi mwana chakusuminina mu court chi letu belesha chabe enda mukaputula ka banyina.

    Aba Bola - January 26, 2012
    15:55

  7. The (which way) ref is to blame for not awarding a penalty, VIVA CHIPOLOPOLO BOYS!!!!!!!!

    Fun - January 26, 2012
    13:49

  8. Equatorial Guinea will want to lead Group A all the way to avoid meeting winners of Group B in the next round. Zambia needs to aim for beating Equatorial Guinea to avoid elimination (in the event that Libya beats Senegal with a superior margin). Otherwise, Zambia can afford to lose to Equatorial Guinea and proceed to the next round, if Senegal beats Libya or Libya beats Senegal by a small margin. As a matter of fact, Senegal is expected to be vicious and aim to beat Libya as a face saver.

    M.M. - January 26, 2012
    13:34

  9. We are good! Did anyone watch that boy Amokachi’s analysis on Supersport? Totally skewed and and off balance. Its like he’s so bitter his country never qualified. Supersport should not have people like him on the panel,especially when Zambia are playing, he incensed so many fans with his out of thios world comments.

    DZ - January 26, 2012
    13:19

  10. Copperbullet-Chipolopolo!
    Congrats boys. indeed we salute you for the great effort exhibited.from weak to strong,renard should look into his defence or lest we are walloped. changes to be made. chisamba lungu for nyambe m,mayuka for saku, felix in.

    Lyamba Jon Kubonisa - January 26, 2012
    12:41

  11. The weather is not an excuse because both teams were subjected to the same weather, if anything Libya is a desert and does not have as much rain [water] as Zambia there fore zambian players should be better aclamatised to that kind of water loged pitch.
    Our coach makes some strange subs [Mbesuma] and uses wrong players in wrong positions, maybe he is using this tournament as training hence the experiments he is making.

    NTENGWA MFUMBENGE - January 26, 2012
    12:04

  12. WELL YOU ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT, YOU HAVE EYES AND CAN NOT SEE, ZAMBIA ALWAYS CAME FROM BEHIND, NOT BECAUSE THEY WRE INFERIOR, THE ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITION DID NOT ONLY AFFECT THE BULLET BUT AFFECTED THEIR SKILL, DO EXPECT A GOOD DRIBBLE IN A POOL OF WATER, BALL CONTROL AND THE REST, THOSE LIBYANS, TOOK ADVANTAGE AFTER ALL ON A DRY PITCH THEY CANT RUN WITH THE BULLET BOYS, IM NOT ZAMBIAN BUT LET YOU KNOW THAT YOUR TEAM IS EXCELLENT, HAD IT BEEN FOR OTHER TEAMS THEY WOULD EVEN HAVE BECOME SO RESTLESS AFTER CONCEDING THE FIRST GOAL, YET YOUR BOYS AND YOUR COACH WERE SO CALM, THAT SHOWS HOW MATURE THEY ARE.. I CAN SEE YOUR TEAM SOARING HIGH IN THIS TOURNEE..SEND GOOD MESSAGES TO YOUR PEOPLE NOT THESE BLANK COMMENTS, YOUR COACH IS GOOD, GREAT KALU DID WHAT HE DID FOR YOU AND NOW YOU CAN INSULT HIM BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT THE HUMAN RACE IS ..DO HUNDRED GOODS NOBODY SEES DO ONE WRONG EVERBODY SEES APPRECIATE….

    jj - January 26, 2012
    11:47

  13. This is foofball not ifyo ifya politiking bane…lets not forget to equip ourselves, (1) ubwato in case of another floody pitch, (2)inkoloko so that the game is not delayed, (3)put our hands together forward, kuyumayuma zambia forward(4)oneness,one zambia one nation tiyende pamodzi namutima umozi… ba kk bana kamba kale.go zambia go…….

    fred - January 26, 2012
    11:38

  14. CHISAMBA LUNGU is a very talented young man! Look out for him in the remaining games, he’ll surely make you proud. I know him, have watched him play in mid field. He is superb!!!

    Bana naikalila - January 26, 2012
    11:32

  15. IDIOT REF!!!!!!!!!!!

    wakumunzi - January 26, 2012
    11:19

  16. Am glad that am not alone thinking the full back(right) is the major problem for chipolopolo now. the Senegal goal came from there i think, and so was the first for Libya. You wonder what coaches do.

    G_ - January 26, 2012
    11:13

  17. Whether swimming pool pitch or not, Guys you did well! Better a draw than a loss! You are the A Champions!!!! Eye on the ball and you can lift that cup!!!!

    Am Zambian! - January 26, 2012
    11:12

  18. Zambians at their best as usual – complaining in vain. I thought the water logged pitch was for both teams and not only Zambia. Lets not be childish over such issues. Both teams were playing on a water logged pitch and they were affected equally. Maybe we can talk of the clear penalty that was not awarded to Zambia due to poor referring. The referee denied us a clear penalty thats all. Now lets put this misfortune behind and look forward to the next march otherwise we may loose sight of our mission. Lets work hard in the next match thats all we need now. I end here!

    rudemonk - January 26, 2012
    11:08

  19. I invite European Scouts to come to Southern Africa for quality footballers. They should not just cross to north Africa Because of Distance.
    For more, let them ask Colibali Senegal Coach he has enough info about us.

    wisdom - January 26, 2012
    11:08

  20. i was vry disoppointed with the the ZNBC commemtator on radio please ZNBC management try to charge the commentators were just talking about the e.g the history of the capitain and keeper at the expensenc of giving as a step by step commentory of the game

    kay - January 26, 2012
    10:50

  21. chi katongo, pf cadre. when we come into power UPND, these guys will be chinked out of our national team. dont kubeba dancing, useless.we need professional players and smart.

    Mu-Zambian - January 26, 2012
    10:39

  22. i think that game was the best from the last we had our downs and moments which made us proud truly Zambian.yet i insists that we should win games we don’t want maths to say who if that one win or loss then we are in .if we need the cup here or to make history then we should win .
    well done but not good enough.

    really zambian - January 26, 2012
    10:30

  23. We have what it takes to win the cup but the coach is a big problem!!!

    Derricknho - January 26, 2012
    09:42

  24. The weather affected both equally, should Egypt have blamed the defeat to zambia in ’96 due to the water logged pitch in S.A?

    I blame the ref and infact that yellow card against mayuka must be reversed!

    Against Eq. Guinea we need dribbling midfielders like jet Li or Clifford!

    Donchi kubeba brings hope to anything…na ku church tinambako using it

    Kadzidzi wa nzelu - January 26, 2012
    09:36

  25. Poor analysis!

    Derricknho - January 26, 2012
    09:34

  26. I CAN NOT TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM CHIPOLOPOLO,THEY ARE PLAYING BETTER THAN EXPECTED.HOWEVER,I THINK HR AND KALUSHA SHUD EXPLAIN SOMETHING WHY SAKU,CLIFFORD AND NKAUSU ARE NOT BEEN USD.IN ADDITTION KALU,MUST TELL US WHY CHISAMBA LUNGU HAS BEEN USED IN THAT POSITION EVEN WEN IT HAS BECOME MORE CLEARER THAT THIS IS A WEAKER LINK FOR ZAMBIA AT THE AFCON.JUST CONSIDER THE GOALS WE VE BEEN SCORED,ALL COMING VIA THE BACK RIGHT FRANK.KALU,IS NOT THE COACH NOW BUT HE SINGLE SOURCED THIS HR,THEREFORE HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MESS HR IS MAKING.THIS IS ONE AFCON, WE CAN NOT AFFORD TO LOSE LET THIS STIFF NECKED PEOPLE KNOW RIGHT THAT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    kiza - January 26, 2012
    09:34

  27. we 4got our bwanto go zed go

    bigv - January 26, 2012
    09:31

  28. The pitch was really bad but referee also made questionable dicisions- so can’t Zambia make a formal complaint? Mayukwa needs to go to English premire leaque.Can’t blame the boys the proved to be a better team but then the defender enjoyed watching Libyan strikers instead of getting the ball from them!

    Nalumino Paul - January 26, 2012
    09:29

  29. In the first place,the game should have been postponed as the pitch was BAD .We talk of uplifting the standard of soccer in Africa but we fail to make meaningful decision for the betterment of the game and Players…I would not be surprised to hear that most of the Zambian players have “knocks”,,,Lastly congrats to Zambia for that stalemate despite obstacles from the pitch and the referee,,,Mayuka yellow cards was a flop…..VIVA CHIPOLOPOLO

    ubuteko - January 26, 2012
    09:27

  30. guys indeed you the are not chipolopolo you have a new noun .you now called fipolopolo.
    despite the rains you still dominated the game .anyway with your uttermost skills and splendid fight you have shown ,you stil have hope in you that can do the best in this competition

    please don’t tell them nor show them keep it stupid and safe (kiss)
    go go go fipolopolo

    hemwandwe - January 26, 2012
    09:24

  31. The pitch was really bad but referee also made questionable dicisions- so can’t Zambia make a formal complaint? Mayukwa needs to go to English premireleaque.Can’t blame the boys the proved to be a better team but then the defender enjoyed watching Libyan strikers instead of getting the ball from them!

    Nalumino Paul - January 26, 2012
    09:20

  32. you chaps you cannot blame the rainz its an ACT OF GOD…………………….

    Die Hard PF MAN - January 26, 2012
    09:07

  33. We should have carried our Bwato. The pitch was woeful I wonder why the game was allowed to go on.
    Well done Zambia.
    Chisamba and Mbesuma surely have done their part. Let others carry on the mentle.

    Ba ke - January 26, 2012
    09:01

  34. the other day we were shown player in water so they had enough training for waterly conditions.

    wisdom - January 26, 2012
    08:54

  35. Both teams were affected by the bad pitch, Zambia was no more disadvantaged than Libya…so we cannot blame the bad pitch.

    Zambia should improve their defence and finishing prowess. The defence is particularly worrying and Mweene is so erratic in goal keeping.

    At the current rate, it is difficult to say how far these boys can go!

    Headman Kagoli - January 26, 2012
    08:52

  36. mulomao
    wisdom for you, you should understand that the donchi kubeba song is just one of the current songs that characterised the political influence in zambia.
    So it does not mean that who ever sings it is PF. some times it just comes out of excitement because it has a nice tune just like the way it came out on players’ minds when celebrating.
    The ‘chwee chwee chwee’is a similar example.
    it has been there b4, so it does not mean that people should stop using it because MMD adopted it. People some times use it to express happiness and it should not be taken out of the home vocabulary.
    Unite wisely.

    wisdom - January 26, 2012
    08:51

  37. It doesn’t rain in Lybia but it does in Zambia.
    It’s Lybia that should have lost.

    THE SAINT - January 26, 2012
    08:49

  38. SHIIIIIIIIII DONCHI KUBEBA, WELL PLAYED GUYS, GO GO ZAMBIA

    citizen - January 26, 2012
    08:44

  39. muyuka all they for Zed!
    Mupanshi kalaba….you making Zambia proud my boys keep it up!

    mwana wacisi - January 26, 2012
    08:39

  40. Chisamba Lungu is a draw back and should not see game time. Zambia stands a better chance of qualifying but they shouldn’t depend on Senegal to win for them.

    Shameless - January 26, 2012
    08:36

  41. Mulomo! i have never heard somebody so naive. That dance has become more than a political affliation. am sure you are not from town set up. Keep it up with your naive sentiments. By the way, did you see how Hichani Himoonde danced to that song?

    zamdudu - January 26, 2012
    08:33

  42. The game was played in a swimming pool, sending a football team for a swimming tornament……what a mess. But remember that in RSA we played under almost similar weather conditions and we worn.

    weatherman - January 26, 2012
    08:31

  43. Chimulomo, you are stupid. Who tells you a player must have no political inclination. If you hate PF, mind you it is ruling, you can go hell.

    Puma - January 26, 2012
    08:25

  44. I stopped watching when Chris Katongo scored but showed his true identity of a PF cadre by dnacing and showing that donchi kubenyo thing. These footballers should not show their political affiliation in the field. It is being stupid

    Mulomo - January 26, 2012
    08:17

  45. They did their best. so far so good for Zambia. We just need to look into our defence then all will be set.

    Tiyenda Pamodzi ndimutimaumo x 4 - January 26, 2012
    08:16

  46. That was kuomboka football.we should have despatched capable players from baroste republic to help its neighbour ….lol.

    back bencher - January 26, 2012
    08:11

  47. Lets be reasonable the coach should not use Chisamba Lungu as a defender when we have defenders sitting on the bench. He is the weaker link where all the three goals scored against us came from. Nkausu played well when he came on so whats the problem with Renard??????

    Mylon - January 26, 2012
    08:10

  48. In the first place the referee was from Mali a muslim country and Libya is a muslim country.No wonder why there in Nigeria there sectarian violence.In 2010 we had a referee from Egypt when played against Nigeria and this referee kept on flashing yellow cards to Zambian demolorising Zambians.We are part of CAF and no one is above the law.

    Chibs - January 26, 2012
    08:03