Africa: Ten-man Zambia deny Tanzania maiden TotalEneergies AFCON victory

A late Patson Daka header rescued a 1-1 draw for 10-man Zambia against Tanzania on Sunday to deny the Taifa Stars a first ever TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations win.The Taifa Stars took a deserved first-half lead through Simon Msuva’s 11th-minute strike assisted by Mbwana Samatta.
But Zambia’s task grew harder when captain Roderick Kabwe received a second yellow card just before the break to leave them a man down.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Chipolopolo fought back valiantly in San-Pedro as Patson Daka went close after the restart.
And the Leicester striker finally made his mark by heading in the 88th-minute equaliser with an inch-perfect corner from Clatous Chama.
The late twist means Tanzania are still searching for an elusive first AFCON victory after eight attempts.
The draw leaves Tanzania bottom of Group F ahead of their final game with DR Congo while Zambia stay third.
Zambia likely require victory over Morocco on Tuesday to progress to the knockouts after this dramatic stalemate.


●      Zambia have not won any of their last eight group stage games at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations (D7 L1 – in 2013, 2015 and this year), after winning three of their previous four such encounters in the competition (D1).

●      Tanzania have registered an Expected Goal value of only 0.21 against Zambia today, the third lowest tally in the same 2023 CAF Africa Cup of Nations game, behind… Zambia v Congo DR (0.20) and Tanzania themselves against Morocco (0.03).

●      Simon Msuva has scored two of Tanzania’s last three goals at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations (v Kenya in June 2019 and v Zambia today). The forward is the first Tanzanian player to find the net in different AFCON editions (1 goal in 2019, 1 goal this year).