Zambia lose to South Korea as Ivory Coast draw in Russia

Emmanuel Mayuka

Emmanuel Mayuka scored for Zambia against South Korea but the Chipolopolo were beaten 2-1 in their friendly match in Seoul.

The Young Boys striker notched the equaliser for the visitors 14 minutes after Keun-Ho Lee's strike had put hosts South Korea ahead.

Keun-Ho scored his second of the match just after half-time to secure victory.

The game was a warm-up for Zambia's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda on 8 September.

Six of the Zambia team that won the Nations Cup in February travelled to Seoul - goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, defender Davies Nkausu, midfielders Chisamba Lungu, Isaac Chansa and skipper Christopher Katongo and striker Emmanuel Mayuka.

It was the fourth friendly for Zambia since that unexpected triumph in Gabon and a second loss after a 1-0 reverse in Malawi. They defeated Zimbabwe 2-1 last week and drew 0-0 in Angola.

Meanwhile, in Moscow, Nations Cup runners-up Ivory Coast drew 1-1 with Russia, who were being lead by former England manager Fabio Capello for the first time.

CSKA Moscow midfielder Alan Dzagoev scored for Russia with a well-struck 25-metre freekick 10 minutes after half-time.

Saint Etienne's Max Gradel was on target for the visitors sending home a rebound with a close-range header after his initial 12-metre header hit the crossbar.

Both sides had chances in the closing stages but they had to settle for a draw in the first ever game between the two nations.

Tunisia twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 with Iran in a game played in Budapest, captain Amar Jemal and top-scorer Issam Jemaa with the goals for the Carthage Eagles.

In all Lusophone affair Angola beat visiting Mozambique 2-0 in Benguela, thanks to second-half goals from Kivuvo and Manucho.

In a friendly played on Tuesday in France Burkina Faso beat neighbours Togo 3-0.

The loss came despite Togo bringing on Emmanuel Adebayor for the second-half.

Elsewhere, Botswana and Tanzania played out a 3-3 daw and there were also stalemates between Oman and Egypt, whose meeting ended 1-1, and Niger and Nigeria who failed to score in their match.

Morocco were beaten at home 2-1 by Guinea. Mamadou Mara and Ismaël Bangoura scored two early goals goals for Guinea, while Yassine Salhi's stoppage-time strike for the hosts was little consolation.

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