Zambia has lost 3 more points in their bid to qualify to the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup after going down 2 nil to Equatorial Guinea.
Midfielder Prince Mumba saw a red in the 25th minute as his studs went high on an Equatorial Guinea defender.
The home team made full use of the man advantage as they went ahead in the 34th minute through Bassi Obina from a set piece, with Chipolopolo keeper Mwenya Chibwe at fault for misjudging his attempt to clear.
Zambia went in search of an equalizer but were denied when Patson Daka was brought down at the edge of the box but Moroccan referee Noureddine El Jaafari waved play on.
Zambia protested the decision that almost resulted in an injury for Daka as the medical team attended to the striker.
The Chipolopolo boys started the second half strongly and had Daka and Fashion Sakala miss opportunities as they adopted a counter attack approach.
Coach Beston Chambeshi rang the changes Midway in the half as he brought on Kelvin Kampamba for Lubambo Musonda.
There was more drama that followed when Equatorial Guinea scored their second as El Jaafari produced a card and withdrew his decision after Guinea opted to make a quick start.
This resulted in a number of yellow cards issued by the referee as Zambia asked questions of the decision making by the referee.
Zambia now sit on 3 points in group B behind Tunisia and Equatorial Guinea .
The two sides face off again on Sunday at the Heroes stadium in the return match.