COSAFA U-17: Zambia U-17 thrash Malawi to earn a place in the final
Joseph ‘Sabobo’ Banda hat-trick sends Zambia to U-17 AFCON finals
Joseph ‘Sabobo’ Banda scored a hat-trick to help Zambia thrash Malawi 6-2 at the ongoing COSAFA U-17 Championship and seal their qualification to the 2021 Africa Under-17 Cup of Nations.
Coach George Chilufya made no change to the team that beat Angola 2-1 on Sunday. The young Copper Bullets came into the match looking for their second successive win in the tournament.
Zambia took the lead just after 11 minutes thanks to a well taken free-kick from Joseph Banda. Rickson Ng’ambi’s well-timed run helped him to finish off a long ball from Lombe Mutale to double the lead. Joseph Banda added a third just before half time.
A minute into the second half Charles Mumba Majapa added a fourth. Three minutes later Sabobo completed his hat-trick.
Malawi’s Chifundo Mphasi reduced the deficit to a three goal lead with a brace but Teddy Khumalo came from the bench to get his name on the scoresheet with a looping shot into the back of the net to leave Mhone well-beaten as the champions got their sixth to all but seal the match.
The win secures Zambia’s place in Sunday’s final, and so they have already earned their spot in Morocco at the continental finals next year.
Zambia 6-2 Malawi
(J. Banda 11’, 44’, 49’, Ng’ambi 16’, Mumba 46’, Khumalo 84’|Mphasi 58’, 72’)
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