Zambia celebrate after scoring during Cameroon game. Pictures by Jean Mandela
President Lungu following the game with FAZ president Andrew Kamanga
Zambia wound up the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign with a 2-all draw against African champions Cameroon to finish second in Group B on eight points.
Patson Daka gifted the passionate crowd that swarmed Levy Mwanawasa Stadium with a well worked out goal that was set up by Fashion Sakala.
The Red Salzburg striker called on his predatory instincts to drive home a powerful shot that beat Joseph Ondoa in the Cameroon goal. However the lions did not go to sleep as they hit back five minutes through an Andre Zambo shot that beat the Zambian skipper in goal after his defenders were caught off guard.
The two sides went to the break tied at 1-all with the visiting team the happier side having survived continuous bombardment at their goal by the youthful Chipolopolo.
Zambia came back in the second half pushing for a goal with Brian Mwila who had twice come close in the first half delightfully finishing off an exquisite move initiated by the enterprising Enock Mwepu who had laid the ball to Daka who selflessly passed it to the clinical Mwila to put Zambia ahead for the second time.
With President Edgar Lungu baying for his birthday present there was to be a late twist for the thousands of fans that thronged the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium as Yaya Banana equalized.
Nigeria grabbed the ticket to Russia in Group B on 14 points while Zambia has ended on eight points with Cameroon moving to seven while Algeria finished with two points.