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February 4, 2023

Africa Cup of Nations: Zambia book quarter-final slot

Zambia booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations by beating co-hosts Equatorial Guinea 1-0 to top Group A, BBC reports.

Captain Chris Katongo fired home from the edge of the box after 67 minutes to settle a game of few chances. The win means they may avoid Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals, with the favourites set to win Group B.

It was the co-hosts’ first loss of the campaign and also a first under coach Gilson Paulo.

Thanks to opening wins over both Libya and Senegal, the National Lightning started this game as Group A leaders but were undone by Katongo’s right-footed strike midway through the second half.

The goal means the Chipolopolo, who have reached consecutive Nations Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1996, will move to Bata ahead of their quarter-final on Saturday, 4 February.

Libya won an African Cup of Nations match on foreign soil for the first time as they beat Senegal 2-1 in a Group A match in Bata, yahoo.com informs. However, the Libyans failed to qualify for the quarter-finals because of Zambia’s 1-0 win over hosts Equatorial Guinea in the other Group A encounter.

Ihab Albosefe scored both goals for the Libyans, including a superb volleyed winner six minutes from full-time. Albosefe opened the scoring in the fifth minute, before Deme N’Diaye equalised on 11 minutes for Senegal.

It completes a miserable tournament for Senegal who go home having lost all three games. The Lions of Teranga started the tournament among the favourites, and Amara Traore’s men were widely expected to progress from what looked an easy group.

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