African champion Zambia loses 2-0 to Angola

African champion Zambia slipped to a 2-0 loss to Angola on

Saturday for a third straight defeat ahead of the start of its

continental title defense this month.

Gerard scored in the 30th minute and substitute Amaro five

minutes from fulltime at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto to give the

Angolans a significant boost before their own African Cup

campaign.

Zambia’s French coach Herve Renard used 22 players in the

friendly and 11 in each half, but Zambia still extended its recent

run of defeats after losing to Saudi Arabia and Tanzania last

month.

Zambia won its first African title last year and is grouped with

Ethiopia, Nigeria and Burkina Faso at this African Cup. Angola

plays host South Africa, Morocco and Cape Verde in the group

stage.