FIFA World Cup Tanzania’s Taifa Stars stun Zambia away to revive qualification hopes

Taifa Stars of Tanzania increased their chances to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2026 after a 1-0 win over Zambia at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Zambia.

Waziri Junior netted the solitary goal to award his side a befitting triumph at a well attended venue thanks to a committed performance from the visitors.

It was Taifa Stars’ second win in the competition and have since collected six points from three matches to move to second place in Group E of the qualifiers.

The game kicked off on the front pedal with both sides exploring early scoring opportunities and the hosts had the best chance in the 2nd minute but Kings Kangwa’s header went off the target.

Three minutes later, Tanzania seized the lead courtesy of Waziri Junior who received a sweet pass from Mudathir Yahya to put his side ahead.

The goal helped to boost the Stars’ confidence in the match ensuring that they minimized mistakes to contain Chipolopolo who were eager to level the deficit before halftime.In the 19th minute, Patson Daka saw his powerful header well saved by Taifa Stars keeper Ally Salum which was Zambia’s first shot on target for Avram Grant’s side.

Daka, who plays for Leicester City was once again in the spotlight in the 38th minute when another opportunity went begging for Zambia as most of their fans were at the edge of their seats ready to celebrate.

Stars goalie, Salum made another spectacular save in the closing stages of the first half to deny a set-piece from Kangwa as the hosts were searching for a password to unlock the visitors’ defence.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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