JORDAN 1 ZAMBIA 0
ZAMBIA defender Bronson Chama on Wednesday night scored an own goal to hand Jordan a morale boosting win at Wahra Stadium in Doha ahead of their 2014 Brazil World Cup play-off against Uruguay.
Chama gifted the Jordanians the match-winner on 77 minutes when he cleared the ball into his net beating goalkeeper Joshua Titima.
Jordan, who also beat African champions Nigeria with a similar margin on October 28, will face Uruguay next Friday in the first leg in Amman.
Hossam Hassan-mentored Jordan eliminated Uzbekistan 9-8 on post-match penalties to qualify for the World Cup play-offs.
Chipolopolo coach Patrice Beaumelle had Joshua Titima in goal while Jimmy Chisenga, Roderick Kabwe, Christopher Munthali and Chama were in defence.
Kondwani Mtonga, Noah Chivuta, Bruce Musakanya and Fwayo Tembo were dictating play in midfield while Festus Mbewe and Felix Katongo were strikers.
Zambia dominated possession for large spells with Katongo and Mbewe wasting scoring opportunities.
Katongo, who was making a comeback to the team after a long absence, shot straight at Jordan goalkeeper Amer Sabbah while Mbewe saw his header hit the crossbar before the ball was cleared on the line.
Musakanya, Chivuta and Mtonga were impressive in midfield before they were withdrawn for Misheck Chaila, Julius Situmbeko and Ronald Kampamba, respectively.
Beaumelle also rested Tembo for Shadreck Malambo and Alex Ng’onga replaced Mbewe while Matthews Nkowani went in for Katongo but the changes did little to prevent Zambia from suffering a second successive defeat in a month.
Zambia lost 0-2 to Brazil on October 15 in Beijing. Kampamba also missed a chance in added time.
“This defeat could have been avoided. We played well but in football you need to be focused throughout to avoid making mistakes. The good thing is that we created more scoring chances but the finishing let us down,” Beaumelle said.
Hassan said Zambia displayed good football.
“It was a difficult game just like Nigeria but Zambia were more technical in midfield.
We again showed that there is tremendous teamwork taking place on the field as we approach the play-off match,” Hassan said.
Hassan, a former Egyptian international is remembered for netting a hat trick in the 4-0 bashing of Zambia at the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Burkina Faso.
Jordan’s other preparatory matches included a 1-1 draw with Kuwait, 2-1 win over Libya and 4-1 thrashing of Palestine before edging Nigeria 1-0 in Amman.
Zambia face Egypt next Thursday at the Air Defence Stadium in Cairo.
Joshua Titima, Jimmy Chisenga, Roderick Kabwe, Christopher Munthali, Bronson Chama, Kondwani Mtonga (Ronald Kampamba), Noah Chivuta (Julius Situmbeko), Bruce Musakanya (Misheck Chaila), Felix Katongo (Mathews Nkowani), Festus Mbewe (Alex Ng’onga), Fwayo Tembo (Shadreck Malambo).