Africa Cup of Nations

Zambia 1-2 Tunisia

Tunisia celebrate

Tunisia made the most of Zambia's wastefulness in front of goal as they came from behind to win.

Emmanuel Mayuka opened the scoring when he blasted home a cross from the impressive Rainford Kalaba.

But Mayuka was injured when stretching for a chance to turn the ball into an empty net and moments later Tunisia scored against 10 men when Ahmed Akaichi scored from two yards out.

Tunisia improved after that and Yasine Chikhaoui headed home a late winner.

The Eagles of Carthage are now on four points after two games, with Zambia on one point with one game left in Group B of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Zambia have not won a match since lifting the trophy in 2012 - drawing four before this defeat, which was their first in 13 Cup of Nations games.

They could have had the game won before half-time with Kalaba firing just wide from 25 yards, forcing a save from Aymen Mathlouthi and then snatching at a chance.

Southampton fringe player Mayuka also missed chances. First he headed straight at Aymen Mathlouthi and then snatched at the ball from six yards out as what should have been a goal rolled straight at keeper Aymen Mathlouthi.

Tunisia rarely threatened to score although they should have had a penalty when Emmanuel Mbola kicked over Youssef Msakni in the box after 57 minutes.

Zambia's breakthrough finally came when Evans Kangwa laid off Kalaba's cross and Mayuka smashed home from eight yards.

Moments later Mayuka was inches away from doubling the lead when he tried to turn a cross in from two yards. However, he injured himself in the process and that was the turning point.

While he was off the pitch receiving treatment, Akaichi touched in a Mohamed Ali Moncer corner from close range.

Mayuka left the stadium in an ambulance and with that Tunisia gained the momentum. With two minutes left the turnaround was complete as Youssef Msakni's cross was headed in from close range by Chikhaoui,



Formation 4-3-3

  • 16Mweene
  • 6Nkausu
  • 4MunthaliBooked at 79mins
  • 13Sunzu
  • 18Mbola
  • 12KangwaSubstituted forMulengaat 88'minutes
  • 14Mtonga
  • 15Singuluma
  • 11Musonda
  • 20MayukaSubstituted forMwanzaat 71'minutes
  • 17KalabaBooked at 51mins


  • 1Munyao
  • 2Malama
  • 3Lungu
  • 5Kabwe
  • 7Sautu
  • 8Musakanya
  • 9Kampamba
  • 10Mulenga
  • 21Mwanza
  • 22Titima
  • 23Ngoma


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 16Mathlouthi
  • 5Bedoui
  • 2S Ben Youssef
  • 3Abdennour
  • 12Maâloul
  • 6Ragued
  • 21SaihiSubstituted forSassiat 75'minutes
  • 18KhazriSubstituted forAli Moncerat 66'minutes
  • 9Chikhaoui
  • 7Msakni
  • 19AkaichiSubstituted forYounesat 80'minutes


  • 1Ben Mustapha
  • 4Mohsni
  • 8Rjaibi
  • 10Younes
  • 11Chermiti
  • 13Sassi
  • 14Nater
  • 15Ali Moncer
  • 17Mathlouthi
  • 20Ali Yacoubi
  • 22Ben Cherifia
  • 23Ben Djemia
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Zambia 1, Tunisia 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Zambia 1, Tunisia 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lubambo Musonda (Zambia) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Davies Nkausu.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Stoppila Sunzu.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Zambia. Stoppila Sunzu tries a through ball, but Given Singuluma is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Yassine Chikhaoui (Tunisia).

  7. Post update

    Lubambo Musonda (Zambia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Zambia 1, Tunisia 2. Yassine Chikhaoui (Tunisia) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Youssef Msakni with a cross.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Zambia. Mukuka Mulenga replaces Evans Kangwa.

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    Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Kennedy Mweene.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Hamza Younes (Tunisia).

  12. Post update

    Stoppila Sunzu (Zambia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Yassine Chikhaoui (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Given Singuluma (Zambia).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Tunisia. Conceded by Evans Kangwa.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Zambia. Evans Kangwa tries a through ball, but Jackson Mwanza is caught offside.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Tunisia. Hamza Younes replaces Ahmed Akaichi.

  18. Booking

    Christopher Munthali (Zambia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Christopher Munthali (Zambia).

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