Zambia in a swim or sink encounter against Malawi
Zambia U20 National team will take on the young flames of Malawi in their second game of the 2017 Cosafa U20 Championships. Zambia lost the opening game to Uganda and need to beat Malawi to return any hopes of qualifying to the next round of the tournament.
Malawi on the other hand beat Swaziland in their opening fixture and a win will take them closer to qualification to the semi-finals. Numba Mumamba and his team face an uphill task playing against a good Malawi side.
THE BATTLE OF THE CAPTAINS
Zambia’s captain Prince Mumba is the heart of the team and even in the loss against Uganda when many players looked off he was fantastic until the end. Malawi also have a an asset in Levison Maganizo their captain.
The two youngsters will be key in today’s match and since they are both midfielders, The midfield battle is expected to be fierce.
LAMECK, EDWARD AND MARTIN
Coach Numba Mumamba has a deadly trio in Martin Njobvu, Lameck Banda and Edward Chilufya but they three need to come to the party. In the last game Edward and Martin showed glimpses of what they are capable of but they were far from their best form.
Lameck Banda can win you a game on his day but against Uganda he was not himself, Something he needs to overcome as soon as possible if he must help Zambia atleast give themselves a lifeline in the competition.
THE P SQUARE THREAT
Malawi have two talented attackers in Peter Banda and Patrick Phiri who can torment defenders something Ngosa Sunzu and company will have to be weary of for the entire ninety minutes.
Patrick Phiri scored a brace in the last game and was voted the man of the match with an impressive overall performance.
THE POROUS DEFENCE
Zambia U20 National team defenders individually looked okay in the last game but as a unit not as much. They need to learn to work as a team if they are stop the threat that Malawi pose otherwise it will be an early exit for the hosts.
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