One on One battles during the Zimbabwe vs Zambia COSAFA game, As it happened
Thabani Kamusoko vs Benson Sakala
It was a battle of the midfield that saw experience come to play in the first half and it was the 31 years old Young Africa S.C midfielder who got the best of the battle with his trademark box to box runs. Thabo never seemed to have run out of steam and while his Zambian counterpart Benson Sakala showed no respect for the star-filled Zimbabwean side that had class in and off the bench, Sakala rose to the occasion in the second half with beautiful long-range strikes that force the Zimbabwean goalkeeper to make brilliant serves especially. Sakala made sure and times movements and in the battle of efficiency over effectiveness, the Power Dynamos midfielder put up a stellar performance.
Elvis Chipezeze vs Sebastian Mwange.
The battle of the goalies went down to penalties with both goalkeepers making sure they didn’t concede during normal stoppage time but it was the Zimbabwean goalie who won it in normal time with an Austin Muwowo penalty and an acrobatic first-half save. Egypt bound second choice Zimbabwe goalkeeper, however, failed to replicate his fine form during the penalty takings as his Zambian counterpart pulled one off his magic trickery bag with a brilliant save of Mamma Billiard penalty and almost caught Zimbabwe’s third penalty only to be beaten at the COSAFA man of the match award by Chipezeze.
Teenage Lingani Hadabe vs Clement Mwape.
What a game for the Zesco United defender. His fearlessness and strong command offered an extra push for the Zambian backline and seemed to have played as a number six. This gave Benson Sakala enough room and space to maneuver in the middle of the park. Clement Mwapes performance was surely a contender for the man of the match award. He made critical and timely integrations and managed to cut out the likes of Billiat who came on to try and frustrate the sure Chipolopolo defense.
Gumbo (Coach) vs Aggrey Chiyangi (Coach)
Zambia came into this game as underdogs having lost two previous encounters and given the quality that Zimbabwe has. Many expect it to be a walk over the lovely based Chiyengi tutored lads but credit goes to the Green Eagles coach who made two changes from his starting eleven that came two goals down in their opening encounter against the flames I Malawi.
Coach Aggrey, however, had one or two players that many called passengers and took rather a bit too long to make the changes while the Zimbabwean coach used the game to let other players play and left out some good players in the bench. Whatever the explanation to that, coach Aggrey got the best of the battle of the coaches tactically and overall on the scoreline.
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