Tunisia Beats Zambia 2-1; Cape Verde, DR Congo Scoreless

Posted January 22nd, 2015 at 9:59 pm (UTC-4)
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Tunisia capitalized on brief play from a 10-man Zambian squad after Emmanuel Mayuka went to the sidelines, as Ahmed Akaichi scored and Yasine Chikhaoui followed up to give Tunisia the win.

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Tunisia’s goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi, right, is challenged by Zambia’s Emmanuel Mayuka, left, during their African Cup of Nations Group B soccer match in Ebibeyin, Equatorial Guinea, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP)

The win puts Tunisia at the top of Group B with four points after two games, while Zambia has just one point, with one last game to play in order to advance.

Mayuka opened the scoring for Zambia in the 59th minute, but then injured himself in the 67th minute. As play continued with Mayuka on the sidelines, Akaichi pounced on a goal mouth scramble to punch home an equalizer for Tunisia.

Chikhaoui headed home the winning goal for Tunisia at the 89th minute.

Zambia must grab a win against Cape Verde in its last qualifying match, to stay in contention for the knockout round. Zambia has also not won a match since winning the Cup of Nations in 2012.

In other Group B action, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cape Verde battled to a scoreless draw. Both sides must win their final matches in order to advance.

 

 

Mike Eckel
Mike Eckel's dreams of being drafted by Man United or FC Barcelona peaked when he was captain of his high school football team, but ended during his short-lived college career. He continues to be an avid player (midfield) however and holds out hope that Jozy Altidore will get his act together for 2018. When not running VOA's football blogs, he writes about Russia, international war crimes, Central Asia corruption and oversees VOA's multimedia collaboration efforts.

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