Zambia scored 55 points to win 55-03 against a rather hapless Ghana side in the first Barthes Cup game held at Kyadondo Rugby Club in Kampala.
Zambia scored nine tries against a penalty for Ghana to propel them to the win.
Ghana drew first blood through a Yahuza Tahiru penalty in the fifteenth minute and the would be the last we see of the West Africans in the game. Zambia found their footing inspired by eighth man Elisha Bwalya. Mwanza Mwimba missed the extras but he regained his mates trust when he drove through the Ghanaian defense to score their second try, on top of converting it. Thomas Mwankenja scored Zambia’s third to send the game into a break with Zambia leading 19-03.
The Zambians were even more ruthless in the second half scoring six more tries, on the road to a commanding 55-03 win and go top of the Group C of the Barthes Cup.
“We knew Ghana boys are bigger than our so we decided to take advantage of that and play with our fluid back-line and I am glad it paid up for us,” said Coach Reuben Mkandawire of Zambia.
“We were obviously complacent in the first half, and we conceded first but after the half time team talk, we got all our affair in order.”
Zambia have a number of days off before they play the hosts, Uganda, on Sunday in the afternoon. The next Barthes Cup game will be on Friday with Uganda welcoming today’s losers, Ghana.
1. Seidu Ibrahim 2. Emmanuel Mensah 3. Awudu Musah 4. Rashid Umar 5. Philip Arthur 6. Gideon Klugey 7. Wilberforce Graham 8. Francis Badu 9. Yahuza Tahiru 10. Moro Kwao 11. Pierce Biney William 12. Suwabiru Amuzu-Loh 13. Solomon Baba Akumba 14. Michael Quaye 15. Williams Ekow-Awoonor
16. Godfred MacCarthy 17. Derrick Danwonno 18. Festus Nana Ampoful 19. Shadrack Yeboah 20. Godwin Amamu 21. Geoffrey Vomekpe 22. Paul Opoku 23. Stephen Kojo Handson
1. Godfrey Neeta 2. Saul Simpaba 3. Victor Makelele 4. Stanley Chiuka 5. Thomas Mwankenja 6. Jack Mwale 7. Andrew Katoka 8. Elisha Bwalya 9. Patrick Mwanza 10. Steven Mwanza 11. George Mwamba 12. Kapelele Kasitu 13. Mwanza Mwimba 14. Chisha Chasaya 15. Chileshe Mulenga
16. James Banda 17. Caleb Chanda 18. John Salu 19. Philip Siiyangwe 20. Elijah Mwafulilwa 21. Charles Kaluwe 22. Nyambe Chinga 23. Joshua Sianjobo