Wasteful Chipolopolo edge Madagascar to storm 2018 Cosafa Cup final
The Zambia national soccer team will play in the final of the regional Cosafa Cup tournament for a second consecutive year after they beat Madagascar 1 – 0 in the semi final of the tournament.
It was a dominant display by the Beston Chambeshi coached squad and the game could have ended with a screaming scoreline but for the wastefulness of the attackers.
Chambeshi named an unchanged starting XI from the game against Namibia but it was the Islanders who seemed more comfortable in play with good interchange of passes in the midfield and taking the initiative to attack in the opening half hour.
Once Zambia had gained some rythmn, Clatous Chama started seeing more of the ball and it was just a matter of time before they would open up the opposing defense who were playing a high line.
The goal came in the 39th minute when Kelvin Mubanga picked the run of Chama whose disguised pass in the edge of the box found Lazarous Kambole and the striker slammed home with his second touch.
The second half was lopsided with the Chipolopolo creating chance after chance mainly ochestrated by Chama but he was guilty of being selfish even when his fellow attackers were in better positions to score.
Jackson Chirwa, substitute Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba, Shemmy Mayembe and Mubanga were all guilty of failing to convert or making assists when the team was in great attacking positions.
The embarassing display in front of goal was summed up in the second minute of injury time when John Chingandu, led a counter attack with Kambole and substitute Collins Sikombe either side and no defender in sight after Madagascar had committed all infield players in attack for a corner.
Shockingly, with only the keeper who was off his line to beat, Chingandu opted to loop the ball over the keeper who turned the ball out with his finger tips to deny Zambia a second goal.
Zambia await the winner between Zimbabwe and Lesotho to know who they play in the final.
Zambia XI v Madagascar
Toaster Nsabata – Shemmy Mayembe, Martin Sikaonga, Billy Mutale, Ziyo Tembo – Benson Sakala, Jack Chirwa – Clatous Chama (Collins Sikombe), Kelvin Mubanga (Ronald Kampamba), John Chingandu – Lazarous Kambole
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