The Zone 6 Youth Games begun on Friday in Lusaka with football taking centre stage on day-one.
Before the opening ceremony presided over by acting Vice-President Wynter Kabimba in the late afternoon, four games were played in the men’s football competition with Zambia beating Botswana 2-0 in the opener at Nkoloma Stadium.
The junior Chipolopolo scored the two goals in the first half through Paul Phiri and Chibuye Mulilo.
Zambia’s Group A rivals South Africa thrashed Malawi 4-0 at Sunset Stadium to top the pool while in Group B Swaziland beat Mauritius4-2 to go top and Angola drew 0-0 with Namibia in the same pool.
Twelve countries are competing in nine different sports disciplines that include athletics,boxing, netball, tennis, basketball, swimming and judo.
Participating countries are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The games will run until 17 December.