Zambia lose Cosafa Cup final to Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe picked a record 5th Cosafa Cup Cup title at the expense of Zambia when they beat the Chipolopolo 3 – 1 in the final of the 2016 edition.
It was a deserved title for the Warriors of Zimbabwe who were more incisive in front of goal on a day Zambia failed to replicate the form that got them to the final.
The Wedson Nyirenda coached side looked to be in control until a blunder by goalkeeper Allan Chibwe saw Mutizwa K beat him to a high ball from Moyo for the bug striker to head home in the 22nd minute.
Zambia was still finding space in the opposition defense but they were always hurrying their final shot and even when they had a great chance to level a minute after conceding, Brian Mwila failed to nail home a good cross from Mwila Phiri on the left.
Mike Katiba then got a head injury after a mid air collision with a defender and Lubinda Mundia was introduced in the 39th minute.
The lanky striker did not waste time to draw Zambia level when he headed home a short corner seconds after coming on.
At this point, the stage looked set for a thrilling second stanza but after the restart, Zimbabwe looked like they wanted it more as they poured forward with wave after wave of attack.
In the 54th minute the Zambian defense was beaten and only saved by Chibwe despite the referee unfairly waving offside.
A minute another header beat Chibwe but he was lucky to see the ball come off the upright but eventual man of the match Talent Chawapiwa picked the rebound to beat his marker and shoot through a congested area for their second goal.
Despite Nyirenda replacing Chungu at left back for U20 international Boston Muchindu, there was no stopping Chawapiwa as he went on another run and managed to send in the box a good cut back which was firmly shot at goal by Ocean Mushure to beat Chibwe in the 67th minute.
There was no coming back for Zambia despite Brian Mwila and substitute Godfrey Ngwenya coming close late on.
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