Zambia, Gabon ride blackout to draw


Zambia ended their September match engagements with a draw against Gabon at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.


Rainford Kalaba put Zambia ahead in the 22nd minute after the Chipolopolo captain connected with a cross from striker Winston Kalengo.
Gabon goalkeeper Moto Biteski equalised from the penalty spot in the minute after defender Boyd Mkandawire fouled an opponent.


Meanwhile, two power outages threatened to scuttle the match for five minutes before kickoff and seven minutes inside the opening 20 minutes of the first half before Kalaba pounced to put the home side 1-0 into the break


The draw came just two days after Zambia beat Kenya 2-1 away in Nairobi in a 2017 Africa Cup Group E qualifier and 24 hours earlier, Gabon beat Sudan 4-0 in Libreville in another friendly.
Gabon are the hosts of the 2017 Africa Cup tournament.