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Zambia, Zimbabwe clash in Cosafa Cup final

Zimbabwe goalkeeper George Chigova proved the hero again as the Warriors sealed a COSAFA Cup final berth against Zambia with a 3-1 penalty shoot-out victory over Lesotho after their semifinal finished 0-0 at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday.

Zambia defeated Madagascar 1-0 in the other semifinal as Lazarous Kambole scored the only goal of the game.

Having saved three penalties in the quarterfinal shoot-out win over Botswana on Sunday, Chigova, who plays his club football at Polokwane City, came up with two more against Lesotho to seal a final berth for the defending champions.

The shoot-out finished in unusual circumstances when, needing to convert his kick, Lesotho midfielder Jane Thaba-Ntso made too much of a stuttering movement in his run-up and his kick was disqualified by referee Ahmad Heeralall from Mauritius.

It means Zimbabwe and Zambia clash in the COSAFA Cup final for the fourth time in six COSAFA Cup tournaments, with Zimbabwe having claimed victory in 2009 and 2017, and Zambia on home soil in 2013.

Lesotho’s Motebang Sera found himself unmarked from a free-kick in the early stages and managed to get his header on target, but Chigova made a comfortable save.

Zimbabwe were reduced to long-range efforts from Khama Billiat and Marshall Munetsi in the opening half-hour as Lesotho more than held their own and Sera flashed a ball across goal that just needed a touch from a fellow attacker to give them the lead.

Zimbabwe finally created a scoring chance in the box a minute before the break, but striker Abbas Amidu’s first touch let him down and Lesotho goalkeeper Likano Mphuthi was able to narrow the angle and avert danger.

Both sides had half-chances in the early stages of the second period, but substitute Tinotenda Kadewere might have done better when he had a free header eight yards from goal but steered it wide of goal.

A frenetic final 10 minutes saw the action move from end to end, but neither side could find a winner and penalties were needed to decide the tie.

It followed a narrow win for Zambia over Madagascar, though in fairness Chipolopolo had more than enough chances to seal a more handsome victory.

Madagascar saw most of the ball in the first half but they battled to create clear-cut scoring opportunities against a well-organised Zambian defence.

And it was the dangerous Zambians who took the lead as they proved more incisive with the ball as Clatous Chota Chama fed the dangerous Kambole in the box and the strike buried his shot in the bottom corner with a neat finish.

Tsito Razafindrasata had a headed chance early in the second period for the Malagasy, while Chota Chama first fired wide from the edge of the box and then scooped the ball over the bar from close-range with a little over 10 minutes to go.

Chota Chama then set up Ronald Kampamba, who appeared destined to secure a second for Zambia, but Jean Marobe produced a brilliant block.

There was an even better stop on the line seconds later from Malagasy skipper Andriamirado Andrianarimanana as the unlucky Kampamba was denied again.

Madagascar’s cause was not helped when substitute Andriamanjato Tokifandresena received a second booking and was sent-off with two minutes remaining.

There was an amazing passage of play in the dying seconds as Zambia had three players bearing down on Malagasy goalkeeper Jean Dieu Randrianasolo, but John Ching’andu selfishly tried to chip the keeper rather than pass to a teammate for what would have been a certain goal. His effort was saved and it proved the final opportunity of the game.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
Cup Semi-finals
Zambia 1 (Lazarous Kambole 38’) Madagascar 0
Lesotho 0 Zimbabwe 0 – Zimbabwe won 3-1 on penalties

 


FRIDAY’S FIXTURES
Plate Final
South Africa vs Botswana (KO 17h00 local, 15h00 GMT) – New Peter Mokaba Stadium

Cup Third-Place Play-Off
Madagascar vs Lesotho (KO 19h30 local, 17h30 GMT) – New Peter Mokaba Stadium

 

SATURDAY’S FIXTURE
Cup Final

Zambia vs Zimbabwe (KO 15h00 local, 13h00 GMT) – New Peter Mokaba Stadium

 

TOURNAMENT STATS
Matches Played: 20
Goals scored: 38
Biggest victory: Botswana 6 Mauritius 0 (Group B, June 1)
Most goals in a game: 6 – Botswana 6 Mauritius 0 (Group B, June 1)

 

GOALSCORERS
5 goals – Onkabetse Makgantai (Botswana)
3 goals –Luis Miquissone (Mozambique), Kabelo Seakanyeng (Botswana)
2 goals – Joatombo Bourahim (Madagascar), Jeitoso (Mozambique), Lebohang Maboe (South Africa)
1 goal – Kaporal (Angola), Mohamed M’changama (Comoros Islands), Andriamirado Andrianarimanana, Tokifandresena Andriamanjato (both Madagascar), Precious Sambani (Malawi), Damien Balisson (Mauritius), Leeroy Coralie, Eric Miellie, Elijah Tamboo (all Seychelles), Karabo Phiri, Thatayaone Kgamanyane, Tshepo Maikano, Gape Mohutsiwa (all Botswana), Motebang Sera (Lesotho), Evans Rusike (Zimbabwe), Aubrey Modiba, Siyanda Xulu (both South Africa), Deon Hotto (Namibia), Lazarous Kambole (Zambia)
1 own goal –Emmanuel Vincent (Mauritius v Angola)






7 Comments to Zambia, Zimbabwe clash in Cosafa Cup final

  1. Zimbabwe will pay this time,
    kudos lads the play was awesome I’m sure Zimbabwe won’t rest not until the last whistle is blown hope we can maintain the same play that was out of Zambia not even Africa maybe Europe quick Silva is my best local coach he has belt yet another dream Zambia.
    Good luck Copper bullets.

  2. Prince says:

    Looks like Zimbabwe is as bad as we r!

  3. 90minutes says:

    Quick silver is a very coach, I can choose him at any time except he is making the same mistake George Chicken is making, CHINGANDU. I can’t remember the last time John Chingandu forced the goal keeper to make a serve. When it’s him with the ball, it’s either over the bar or completely off target, he simply knows well how to balloon. He lucks composure and he somehow does it selfishly.

  4. Chindika Popeye Nguni says:

    I don’t see us beating Zimbabwe with the useless strikers we have

  5. Muchinga says:

    Don’t allow Kambole to score first. Please let someone else score the first goal, then we will beat Zimbabwe.

  6. MJ says:

    With that poor finishing I saw yesterday?

  7. Kensplash says:

    We are actually topping the chart for the most missed chances in a single game. I can’t be surprised, it is what we do best. Zimbabwe will definitely punish us if we can’t convert those chances.

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