The country’s Caf Champions League representatives Chicken Inn were thrashed 3-1 by Tanzanian side Azam in the ongoing four-club invitational tournament at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Zambia on Saturday.
BY SPORTS REPORTER
Reports from Lusaka said Chicken Inn took the lead in the 27th minute through Nickie Muchadeyi’s goal, but the Tanzanian league runners-up and Cecafa Cup holders rallied back.
Azam equalised in the 31st minute through captain John Bocco for the two sides to go to half time level at 1-1.
Kipre Tchetche put Azam ahead from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute after he was brought down by Chicken Inn goalkeeper Pride Lendera.
Chicken Inn’s forgettable afternoon continued when Brian Juru scored an own goal in the 68th minute.
The defeat left Chicken Inn winless in the opening two matches of the tournament after a 2-2 draw against Zambia’s league runners-up Zanaco on Wednesday.
They end their tour with another tough match against Zambian champions Zesco United on Wednesday before returning home where they will wrap up their preparations with a match against Harare City at the weekend.
The Joey Antipas-coached side travelled without some of their stars including captain Danny Phiri, who is recovering from injury and the duo of Lawrence Mhlanga, Elvis Chipezeze and Edmore Chirambadare, who were on national duty at the African Nations Championship.
The Gamecocks will begin their maiden African safari journey with a daunting task against South African side Mamelodi Sundowns in the preliminary round.
The first leg is scheduled to take place between February12 and 14, with the second leg taking place two weeks later.