Zambia outplayed Namibia but could not find their way pasted their opponent’s goalkeeper before being dumped out of this year Cosafa Under-20 championships in Mpumalanga on Tuesday night after losing 2-1 at Thulamahashe stadium.
Striker Emmanuel Mayuka including Under-20 revelation and his Kabwe Warriors club mate Henry Banda through everything at Namibia but there could just not find their way past the Namibian goalie.
Zambia were by far the better side with Konkola blades midfielder Stophira Nsunzu coming out his shell with a fine display and combining to produce some sweet build-ups with Banda and Mayuka.
However, the Zambian footballs characteristics of its inability to hold on to a lead and convert important chances in crucial matches returned.
Furthermore, some lax marking at the back and basic goalkeeping errors played their part in the under-20 elimination from the tournament.
“We realised that their number 7 (Simon Lupiya) was spending more time forward than helping with defensive duties on the right side of midfield,” Samaria said.
“We exploited that lapse because he left his right back very exposed.”
Zambia took the early lead in the game through the teams top scorer Mayuka in the 22nd minute who scored his 4th goal of the tournament after finding the target in each of Zambia’s three Group B matches.
Mayuka steamed past Namibia’s defence to put Zambia a 1-0 lead into the break before Lazarus Kaimbi scored two quick-fire goals in the 50th and 53rd minutes.
Zambia finished third in Group B on four points, three behind Namibia who reached the semi-finals for a potential meeting with Group D leaders Zimbabwe on Friday.
Angola were also sent packing after finishing second in Group B on five points despite crushing bottom placed Seychelles 8-0.
Their German based striker Tobias scored four goals to bring his tally for the competition to six.
Defending champions and hosts South Africa were by press time last night in action against joint Group A leaders Botswana in the battle for a place in the semi-finals with boths teams in six points fro their last two games.
The semi-finals will be played on Friday at Thulamahashe and the finals including the third and fourth place playoff will take place on Sunday at the same venue.