Over to Cosafa derby after Morocco topped Group A
An explosive Group B final match between Zambia and Namibia on Monday at 21h00 is expected after host Morocco topped Group A following their goalless stalemate against Sudan on Sunday night.
The result in Group A means that Morocco are the group winners thanks to a superior goal difference though they finished level on 7 points with Sudan.
The hosts who have already scored 7 goals missed a penalty in the second half.
While tournament favourites have been unplayable so, there has been this mutual respect from the Chipolopolo camp about the host nation in the last 8.
For Namibia, their coach Ricardo Manetti has openly said they are better off avoiding the host nation.
“We want Zambie[a] to win tomorrow. It’s better to face Namibia than Zambie,” an Atlas Lions fans told the ZamFoot Crew in Casablanca after Sunday’s night match.
The situation in Group B is similar to Group A.
Both Zambia and Namibia are on 6 points, and a draw will be enough to guarantee the Copper Bullets top slot thanks to a +4 goal aggregate compared to Namibia’s +2.
With that background, it promises to be an explosive encounter between the neighbours at Casablanca’s King V Mohammad Stadium as the winner avoids Morocco.
The last time Zambia and Namibia played each other, it was the latter who emerged victorious in June 2016 in a Cosafa match.
The two sides have gone head to head 16 times with Zambia winning 7 times including that 1997 Cosafa triumph courtesy of a Rotson Kilambe goal.
In addition to the 2016 defeat, Zambia has just lost twice to Namibia and drawn 6 times.
Coincidently the two sides will meet again in the Cameroon 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers later this year to renew their rivalry as they are in same group together with Equatorial Guinea and Mozambique.
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