By SPORTS REPORTER
ZAMBIA scooped bronze at the just ended 2019 Copa Coca-Cola Africa Cup after edging hosts Kenya 2-1 in a match played at M-pesa Foundation Academy in Thika yesterday.
And Tanzania were crowned champions after humiliating Zimbabwe 6-2 in the final.
In the third and fourth place play-off, Zambia put up a resilient fight to oust the hosts in a tightly contested encounter.
Innocent Nkhoma broke the deadlock just six minutes into the match, but Zambia’s lead was short-lived when the hosts were handed a penalty a minute later.
Joel Elisha did not make a mistake, sending Zambia’s Matthews Mwamba in the wrong direction, to level the scores at 1-1.
Enterprising Yoram Sakala put Zambia back in the lead on 12 minutes, to silence the home crowd.
And just before the half time whistle, Zambia’s top scorer Kusa Sifuwe had an opportunity to increase his tally when Zambia was awarded a penalty, but his shot hit the crossbar. Kusa was later to substitute for Isaac Lungu after getting injured early in the second half.
The Zambian rear guard made no mistake and ensured the Kenyans did not shatter their third finish target.