By Angu Lesley
Football writer kick442.com-Cameroon
It takes a second for a top class footballer to manifest his know-how and convince experts. Zambia’s 23-year-old forward Collins Sikombe needed just that to announce his arrival in Cameroon in style on Saturday when the local Chipolopolo played a 3-3 tie against the Mena of Niger.
Zambia and Niger settled for a draw in the exciting fixture which was a showcase of Sikombe’s know-how, leaving pundits unanimous at least on the fact that if the former Naspa Stars forward repeats the performance game after game, then the Zambians will be in real business during the CHAN.
The native of Lusaka scored in the 6th and 59th minutes of the entertaining fixture.
Sikombe gave Zambia the lead six minutes into the game but that lead didn’t last as Ibrahim Issa leveled matters seven minutes later with an unstoppable close range effort.
Moses Phiri then beat goalkeeper Babahari Yahaya from way out to make it 2-1 for Zambia.
The boys of coach Micho were the better side in the half and took the 2-1 advantage to the break.
Sikombe was in a constant menace to the Niger backline upon resumption creating multiple troubles with his pace and runs in-behind the Niger defense.
That pace paid off in the 59th minute when Collins made it 3-1 for Zambia who looked like they were to win with ease.
21 minutes after resumption, Ibrahim Issa reduced Niger’s deficit with another close range goal.
Substitutes Moussa Issa Adamou made it 3-3 in the 80th minute from a corner just three minutes after Bobacar Moussa Sofiane had had a similar effort ruled out for a foul just after after Collins Sikombe had been replaced.
The game ended on a 3-3 score with Collins Sikombe and Ibrahim Issa as the main architects in the entertaining fixture.
Zambia will face Ouganda on Monday and Cameroon on Thursday to climax their preparations before moving to Douala to complete their preparations for Namibia, Tanzania and Guinea in Group C.
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