Zambia were unfortunate to be held to a 1-1 draw by 2004 Cup of Nations champions Tunisia in their opening Group D Match on Wednesday.
The Zambians were the most enterprising of the two sides and were rewarded early on when
Jacob Mulenga who plays for FC Utrecht in Holland gave then a deserved lead but a jittery Tunisia levelled before halftime through Zouheir Dhaouadi in the Group D match.
Zambia, who have gone out in the first round in their last five Nations Cup appearances, made a lively start and went ahead after 19 minutes when Mulenga provided a clinical finish after the ball was slipped to him by James Chamanga.
Tunisia levelled five minutes before halftime when Youssef Msakni burst into the Zambia penalty and passed the ball to Dhaouadi who fired into the roof of the net.
Zambia created the better openings in the second half.
Kampamba Chintu wasted a chance by misdirecting a header after several players beat the offside trap at a free kick, then Rainford Kalaba headed wide at the far post and Malenga sent a dangerous effort into the side-netting.
In the last minute, Kalaba had a fierce free kick parried by Aymen Mathlouthi and Chris Katongo headed over from the rebound.