Harambee Stars idle on Fifa Day as African champs Zambia lose in Korea

AFRICAN champions Zambia on Wednesday lost 1-2 to the Republic of Korea in a Fifa Day friendly in Fuzhou.

There were at least 10 matches featuring African teams throughout the world but among notable teams that did not have a fixture on this official day were Kenya.

Kenyan neighbours Tanzania had travelled to Botswana where they drew 3-3 with that country’s 2012 African Cup of Nations finalists team in Gaborone on Wednesday evening.

Elsewhere, 2010 Fifa World Cup quarter-finalists Ghana were held 1-1 by China in Xian and Cote d’Ivoire tied with a similar score against Russia in Moscow.

Angola beat Mozambique 2-0 in Benguela, Egypt were held 1-1 by Oman and Tunisia drew 2-2 with Iran.

Emmanuel Mayuka scored for Zambia against South Korea but the Chipolopolo eventually went down.

The Young Boys [of Switzerland] 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 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda on September 8.

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 AFCON 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.

In Moscow, Russia were for the first time under former England manager, Fabio Capello, when holding Cup of Nations runners-up Cote d’Ivoire.

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

Saint Etienne's Max Gradel was on target for the Africans 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 [Portuguese speakers] 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.


(Fifa Day friendlies, August 15):

Republic of Korea 2-1 Zambia

China 1-1 Ghana

Russia 1-1 Cote d’Ivoire

Angola 2-0 Mozambique

Tunisia 2-2 Iran

Oman 1-1 Egypt

Botswana 3-3 Tanzania

Niger 0-0 Nigeria

Equatorial Guinea 1-0 Liberia

Morocco 1-2 Guinea

August 14:

Togo 0-3 Burkina Faso


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