By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde – Nigeria
Victor Kantabadouno came off the bench to score for Guinea as they picked up a 1-1 draw against Zambia in their second Group D game at the ongoing Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Cameroon.
The top of the table clash at Stade Omnisports Limbe saw the Syli Nationale of Guinea starting the game in their usual manner of holding onto possession as they did against Namibia in their opening game.
Karifala Keita fouled Paul Katema in the second minute of the game to open up the duel.
In the fourth minute, Guinea goalkeeper, Moussa Camara mishandled the ball but Emmanuel Chabula could not capitalise on the error.
Collins Sikombe’s cross picked up Kelvin Kampamba Mubanga in the box, but the latter’s goal was ruled out for offside in the 13th minute.
In the 32nd minute, Karifala Keita latched on to a loose ball in Zambia box 18, but his effort was well saved by Allan Chibwe.
Kampamba’s free-kick in the 42nd minute forced Guinea goalkeeper Moussa Camara into a superb save as both sides went into the halftime break without a goal.
Guinea coach Mohamed Kanfory Bangoura made two changes at the start of the second half, but it was Zambia who had a better start showing intent and purpose about their attack.
Zachariah Chilongoshi produced the first effort of the second stanza, ten minutes into the half but his effort was wide of the target.
Two minutes later, Guinea substitute, Kantabadouno capitalised on a loose ball in the Zambian box to score the opening goal of the game but his goal was not decisive as four minutes from full time, Spence Sautu equalised for Zambia.
Zambia and Guinea are now tied on four points each ahead of their final group games against Namibia and Tanzania respectively.