Posted On Wednesday, 14th August 2013
Ghana’s opponents in next month’s crucial World Cup qualifier, Zambia held Senegal to a 1-1 draw in a friendly against Senegal as they prepared to face the Black Stars in Kumasi next month.
The Teranga Lions came from behind to finish 1-1 in the friendly but the West African felt undone by a decision by the referee to deny them a penalty.
Both goals came in the first half of the match played at Stade Municipal in the French capital.
Zambia took the lead in the second minute through striker Jacob Mulenga.
The Dutch-based striker from FC Utrecht pounced on a bad back pass by Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane to beat Rennes goalkeeper Cheikh Tidiane Ndiaye.
However, Zambia’s lead last just six minutes when Senegal and Lokomotiv Moscow striker Dame Ndoye beat Kennedy Mweene to level scores.
Senegal felt a little hard done by in the 36th minute when they thought what they believed to be a genuine call for penalty ruled out following a foul on Genk defender Kara Mboj.
The Teranga stepped up the tempo in the second half but could not find their way through Zambia’s tenacious defensive line before settling for a draw.
Meanwhile, Zambia were using the friendly as build-up for their crucial 2014 FIFA World Cup Group D qualifier away to Ghana on September 6 in Kumasi.
Senegal too where using the game to fine-tine their side for their Group J home game against Uganda on September 7 in Marrakesh.