We are the Champs!! Chipolopolo crowned 2019 Cosafa Champions
Kaseba Taps-one to win it for Zambia [Botswana 0-1 Zambia (T Kaseba 78′)]
Zambia on Saturday afternoon were crowned Cosafa Cup champions after beating neighbours Botswana 1 – 0 in the final played in Durban South Africa.
It was a game of two halves that saw Zambia outplayed in the first half but came back in the second half to control and dictate the game to win it with a Tapson Kaseba lone goal.
Coach Aggrey Chiyangi made no changes to the team that started against Zimbabwe in the quarter final win. But as was the case in the quarter final, the Chipolopolo started slow and were chasing shadows despite creating chances.
Botswana were also not doing themselves favors as they were not troubling Sebastian Mwaange enough despite their dominance in possession.
Mwaange was in top form keeping out a shot from Cooper in the 4th minute before he reacted quickly in the 25th minute to keep out a point blank save in the 6 yard box after the defenders failed to keep clear a corner.
After the break, Zambia looked determined and started taking the game to their opponents creating chances but they were being wasteful in front of goal.
The pressure finally paid off when a ball floated from the left was cushioned by Benson Sakala for eventual official man of the match Kaseba who made no mistake to tap-in from close range for the only goal of the match in the 78th minute.
Botswana were rattled and could have conceded another two minutes later when Kaseba was picked unmarked in the box and his shot came-off the cross bar.
The Zebras failed to comeback into the game as the Chipolopolo marched on to another hard fought victory at the tournament.
The win sees Zambia pick the fifth Cosafa Cup title to pull close to erstwhile Champions Zimbabwe who have six titles to their name.
Zambia have been consistent at the tournament having played in the last three finals.
Zambia win R500,000 for their first-place finish, while Botswana will take home R250,000 as runners-up. Zimbabwe take R150,000 for finishing third, Leostho have R125,000 for fourth, while Plate winners South Africa will get R100,000.
Zambia Line up-
Sebastian Mwaange, Mwila Phiri, Clement Mwape, Tandi Mwape, Adrian Chama, Jack Chirwa, Benson Sakala, Austin Muwowo (Youremember Banda), Ernest Mbewe (Emmanuel Chabula), Tapson Kaseba (Chitiya Mususu), Lazarous Kambole
Botswana Line up-
E. Morake, Dihtlokwe, Mosha, Kebonyamodesa, Thero, Boy, Johnson, Mabaya, Mothusi, Mabaya, Mogorosi, Lebogang
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