2012 Africa Cup of Nations champions Zambia had been defeated 1-zero in Mozambique on Sunday as their hopes of reaching subsequent 12 months’s match in Cameroon had been extinguished.
After 5 matches, Chipolopolo sit backside of Group Ok on 4 factors, 4 behind Guinea-Bissau and Namibia in first and second, and three off Mozambique.
The highest two performed out a zero-zero attract Windhoek on Saturday.
Reginaldo scored the one objective of the sport – within the 63rd minute – as Mozambique secured a significant victory to preserve their qualifying hopes alive whereas Zambia had been left to rue a depressing qualifying marketing campaign.
Belgian coach Sven Vandenbroeck, who won the 2017 AFCON with Cameroon as a part of Hugo Broos’s technical workforce, has wholly failed to construct on the momentum Zambia loved below Wedson Nyirenda.
The Southern Africans took eight factors from their World Cup qualifying marketing campaign, beating Algeria house and away, whereas holding Cameroon in each legs, however will now sit out a second consecutive AFCON.
Not too long ago topped African champions have struggled to qualify for subsequent tournaments; Egypt missed out in 2012 and 2013 after profitable in 2010, whereas Zambia have now missed the final two competitions.
Nigeria, who secured their ticket for the 2019 occasion with a draw in opposition to South Africa on Saturday, are returning to the AFCON for the primary time after profitable the title in 2013.