MWEPU DEDICATES VICTORY TO BALLY
‘That win was for you’ – Mwepu dedicates Zambia win vs Mauritania to new President Hichilema
The Chipolopolo captain says their opening win in the qualifiers at Olympic Stadium in Nouakchott is for the new Head of State
Zambia captain Enock Mwepu had dedicated the team’s 2-1 win against Mauritania in their opening match of the World Cup qualifiers to newly elected President Hakainde Hichilema.
The Chipolopolo got off to a flying start in their Group B campaign after goals from Mwepu and Prince Mumba enabled them to beat the hosts, who pulled a goal back through Amadou Niass.
It was Mwepu, who was handed the captaincy armband hours into the game, who set the ball rolling with the opening goal in the 10th minute when he slotted home from a neat finish.
In the second half, Zambia added the second goal when Mumba raced to meet a cross from Patson Daka, before angling it to the back of the net.
Though, Mauritania pulled a goal back in the 69th minute through Niass, and then Chipolopolo held on to claim the vital away win.
The win left new Zambia President Hichilema elated, and he has taken to his social media pages, to congratulate the team for the good work.
“Congratulations Chipolopolo for beating Mauritania in the World Cup qualifier last night! Special recognition to Enock Mwepu and Prince Mumba who scored for Zambia,” the President wrote.
In his response to the Tweet, Mwepu, who features for Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League, has dedicated the win to the president-elect terming it a new dawn for Zambia.
“Thank you, your excellence that win was for you…it is a new dawn.”