Live – Zambia v South Africa
Zambia Under-20 face defending Champions South Africa in the final of 2019 Cosafa under-20 Championship at Nkoloma Stadium in mouthwatering clash on Saturday with kick off at 3 pm.
And in the 3rd/4th playoff Angola and Madagascar will battle it out in a lunch time kick off at the same venue.
Amajita will be hoping for a third successive title in Zambia having won the last two editions in Kitwe.
Zambia coach Osward Mutapa is aware of the expectations and the pride of the nation.
There’s also a matter of revenge for Mutapa, having lost the 2012 Cosafa Under-17 Championship to South Africa at Nkoloma Stadium.
In that class of ’12, Mutapa had the likes of Mangani Phiri, Patrick ‘Dudey’ Ngoma, George Mandu, Langisoni Mbewe and then mercurial Chibuye Timothy Mulilo.
Fast track to 2019, it’s matter of revenge, regional supremacy and stopping Amajita from making it a hatrick.
The last group to deliver success was the famed group which includes Fashion Sakala, Emmanuel Banda, Edward Chilufya, Mangani Banda, Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu in 2016 on their way to the African Youth Championship triumph 3 months later on.
Can the class of ’19 emulate Fashion and co.?
No one gave these boys chance as comparison were made with the previous squads but they are on a mission.
Straight from winning the Cosafa Under-17 Championship in Malawi last month, Mutapa is eyeing a double and is confident.
In order to achieve a 12th Cosafa U20 Championship title, Mutapa is likely to make one change.
Prince Mumba was seen limping after the Angola match. Should he fail a late fitness test then Golden Mashata will start on the left flank.
Mashata will join Jonathan ‘Mbombo’ Munalula and top scorer Francisco ‘Yekini’ Mwepu in attack.
Midfield trio Muma Mumba, Chanda Mukuka and Patrick Gondwe will continue while the backline will be also be unchanged with Crawford Mwaba and captain Golden Mafwenta in central defence.
John Chishimba and Justin Mwanza as left and right back respectively.
Prince Bwalya in goal.
Off the bench, super sub Eliot Kampukesa and Jimmy Mukeya are available to offer firepower.
Zambia XI Probable : Prince Bwalya – Justin Mwanza, Crawford Mwaba, Golden Mafwenta, John Chishimba- Muma Muma, Patrick Gondwe, Chanda Mukuka -, Jonathan Munalula, Francisco Mwepu, Golden Mashata 63′
Man of the Match – Zambia
v Botswana – Jimmy Mukeya
v Comoros – Muma Mumba
v Malawi – Elliot Kumpukesa
v Angola – Patrick Gondwe
Top Scorer – Zambia
Francisco Mwepu – 4 goals
Jimmy Mukeya- 2 goals
Elliot Kumpukesa- 2 goals
Ricky Banda – 1 goal
Golden Mafwenta – 1 goal
Crawford Mwaba -1 goal
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