2023 AFCON: Ten-Man Zambia Keep Round Of 16 Hopes Alive With Tanzania Draw

Zambia still has a chance to reach the Round of 16, but they face a tough final group game against Morocco, the top-ranked team in Africa, on Wednesday.

Femi Onasanya By Femi Onasanya - Sports Reporter
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Patson Daka scored a late goal to save Zambia from losing in a 1-1 draw against Tanzania in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations match on Sunday.

Tanzania took the lead after just 11 minutes when Simon Msuva scored a goal set up by Mbwana Samatta.

Zambia had a chance to equalize, but Patson Daka and Fashion Sakala narrowly missed a cross.

Zambia’s hopes were further dampened when Roderick Kabwe received a red card for elbowing Samatta right before halftime.

However, Zambia managed to overcome the disadvantage and scored a goal in the final minutes through Patson Daka’s header from a corner kick by Clatous Chama.

Group F is still undecided, as all four teams, including Morocco and DR Congo, have a chance to advance to the Round of 16 in the Africa Cup of Nations.

After a long wait to play at Afcon, Daka arrived in Ivory Coast with high expectations for him.

However, he did not perform well in Zambia’s Group F opener against DR Congo and spent most of the Tanzania match feeling frustrated.

Finally, his moment came, and he scored his first Afcon goal, which was a crucial strike that saved Chipolopolo from losing.

It was another disappointing evening for Tanzania, who have not won a match at the Afcon finals in eight attempts.

Despite earning a point, the Taifa Stars are currently at the bottom of Group F and need to win their last game against DR Congo on Wednesday in order to advance to the knockout phase.

Zambia still has a chance to reach the Round of 16. However, the Southern African giants face a tough final group game against Morocco, the top-ranked team in Africa, on Wednesday.

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