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CHAN 2018: Bafana denied finals ticket by Zambia

A Justin Shonga brace handed Zambia a slot at next year’s Championship of African Nations (CHAN) at the expense of South Africa.

The Chipolopolo striker struck twice in a space of five minutes at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The tie was even at 79 minutes before Shonga was set up by second half substitute Godfrey Ngwenya to drive home a powerful shot that left Bruce Bvuma helpless between the sticks.

Shonga was not done as he struck in the 82nd minute to dump Bafana Bafana out of the CHAN race after having drawn 2-all in the first leg.

The on-song striker has netted six goals in 11 matches for the Chipolopolo.

Zambia beat Swaziland 4-0 away before completing the rout with a 3-0 home win to consign the Swazis out of Africa’s second tier competition for players plying their trade in the domestic league.

The crowd rallied behind the team pushing them to search for the winner and when it eventually came it was gleefully welcomed in the terraces.

Zambia shifts attention to the September 2 World Cup qualifier against Algeria at Heroes Stadium.

The 2018 CHAN billed for Kenya is slated for January 11 to February 2.

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