Zambia-Botswana to close the COSAFA Cup 2019 Curtains
The curtain of the COSAFA Cup 2019 will close on Saturday afternoon as Zambia will be squaring it with their neighbors Botswana for the half a million rands prize money. The tournament is being hosted by South Africa since on May 25th, the final of the match will kick at 15hrs this afternoon.
ROAD TO THE FINAL
The defending champions, Zimbabwe went to the tournament with their best squad as they wanted to use the tournament to prepare for AFCON. The Warriors looked like they would continue their dominance over Zambia and in the game at the Moses Mabhida stadium, The Warriors dominated much of the game between the two sides but couldn’t convert possession into goals.
Zambia had the chance to win the match in regulation time when they were awarded a penalty in the 40th minute but Austin Muwowo couldn’t convert the spot kick. The match ended 0-0 and went straight to penalties, Zambia goalkeeper Sebastian Mwange saved Billiat penalty and Leicester striker Muskwe missed his, Zambia won 4-2 on penalties.
The Zebras shocked the home team South Africa in the quarter-final when they came back from two goals to level the match two apiece. 20-year-old Township Rollers defender Ditlhokwe Thatayaone rose above everyone in the 90+3 minute and headed the ball into the back of the net to force the match into penalties. Botswana won on penalties 5-4.
Botswana will be playing their second COSAFA Cup final, the Zebras have managed to reach the semi-finals in 2006, 2007 and 2015. A 2-1 win over Lesotho handed the Zebras a maiden final, certainly, it will also be a golden opportunity to win their first title in the history of this competition.
Zambia is heading into their third final in a row losing in 2017 and 2018 to Zimbabwe. On paper, Zambia is the favorite to win the match but the Copper bullets will need to convert.
Zambia vs Zimbabwe
Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium.
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