Zambia stroll to showdown with South Africa in Cosafa Castle Cup final

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Defending champions Zambia strolled to their fourth successive Cosafa Castle Cup final after defeating Mozambique 3-0 at Super Stadium in Twanse , South Africa this afternoon.

Zambia will face South Africa in the final on October 21 in a repeat of their September 9 Africa Cup Group 11 qualifier that the former won 3-1 in Cape Town.

South Africa beat Botswana 1-0 in the other semifinal final match played later at the same venue.

A makeshift Zambia secured their final slot with a convincing performance courtesy of three clinical finishes from debutants strikers Noah Chibvuta and Emmanuel Mayuka including midfielder William Njovu.

South African based Chibvuta of Wits University opened scores for Zambia in the 35th minute after skipped pasted two Mozambique defenders before to sliding in the ball in-between the legs of goalkeeper Marcelino.

Ex-Kabwe Warriors striker Chibvuta’s goal came 18 minutes into the first half after the he skied his first-time shot at point-blank range.

Warrior’s striker Mayuka could have put Zambia 2-0 but his attempt inside the box was easily gathered by Marcelino.

Chivuta had another chance for a double flash just wide four minutes after the hour mark with Zambia still in command.

Zambia’s dominance paid off with their second of the game in the 68th minute when junior international Mayuka rifled in from just outside the six-yard box to make up for a subdued senior debut.

The defending Cosafa Castle Cup champions wrapped-up their good day at the office through Lusaka Dynamos midfielder William Njovu who slalomed pasted two Mozambique defenders in the 79th minute with a textbook tap-in.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Great job Zambia! We have for years yearned to see the days when our hearts were not in panic whenever we met such teams like Mozambique, etc. Let us claim our position in soccer that we once had. Let us prepare adequately that not even the North or West African teams would stand in our way. I see good things coming for our team. It is really time to even get the Africa Cup. It is long overdue!

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  2. Please work and and defend COSAFA CUP. it will be fun to meet South Africa in the final so that we can prove to them the 3-1 ealry this month was not fluke.

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  3. #2 We as Zambia do not need to prove anything to South Africa, cause we are the best team in the region. South Africa are nothing and that they know too well. CASOFA is not what we Zed fans need. We want the African Nations cup plus qualification to the world cup chapwa. If we have to meet SA it should ku Ghana nangu world cup mu mwabo taba ka tu wine iwe

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  4. Following Zambia’s progress under Teddy Mulonga must say something about how his administration is coping well.The last time we had a catalogue of international success was again under Ba Mudala Ba Teddy.Could him and his admin team be doing something right??

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  5. #3 You are spot on defeat in the cosafa final, as long it is no too heavy, means nothing. Zambia are the kings of regional football. I here Brondby are second from bottom. They drew 1 all without Katongo. What is going on there? I here Katongo is losing his place to a player named Morten Duncan. How good is this guy? Is he playing for Denmark’s national team? There is no way that someone who scored a hatrick should be warming the bench. If Brondby do get relegated then Katongo should move period.

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  6. #5 Yes it is true Brondby are second from the bottom and thinhs are looking bad. Katongo was on the bench but came on as a sub. in the 72nd minute and did very well. Morten “Duncan” is nothing but a fat boy who thinks he is so good. Problem is this BIF coach he is so dull and I do not understand his football vision, the old donkey is crap just like the donkeys keeping him. If BIF keep him they will end up in Division 1, beleive me, 9 games one win, three draws and five losses, win Vs bottom of the table Lyngby who are crap as well. It is a shame on this coach cause Chris is a very good player. I am sure some big club will buy him after AFCON2008

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  7. i am sending u a pillow of hapiness 2 creat a wanderfull dream a blanket5 of car2 keep u till morning

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