Zambia Under-17 qualified to the semifinals of this year’s Cosafa Junior Championships currently taking place in Windhoek, Namibia after beating Botswana 8-0 in their final Group B match yesterday.
Wedson Nyirenda’s team needed to beat Botswana by at least seven unanswered goals to be guaranteed a top of the pool finish in Group B ahead of Malawi who beat the Baby Zebra’s 6-1 on Sunday.
Malawi and Zambia had earlier drawn 1-1 in their opening Group B game on Saturday and finish on 5 points each though the latter topped the pool thanks to a better goal difference.
Zambia against Botswana secured their automatic semifinal place thanks to goals from Nkana midfielder Rabby Lwambula and Lusaka Dynamos winger Tom Bakala in the 8th and 13 minutes respectively.
Chilenje Academy’s hot-shot striker Patson Kaimana finally opened his Cosafa Junior Championship account with a brace in the 29th and 45th minutes of the match.
Zanaco midfielder Chisamba Lungu scored one in-between Kaimana’s two goals to give Zambia a vital 5-0 lead into the break.
Second half strikes from Ronald Ross striker Humphrey Maseneko and TP Rangers midfielder Crispin Lungu stretched Zambia’s lead against the Baby Zebra’s.
Mazabuka United midfielder Raymond Simakoloyi recorded his second goal of the tournament following his equalizer against Malawi in that weekend draw.
Zambia will face Zimbabwe in a 16:00 Namibian time kickoff.
Zimbabwe qualified to the semifinals after also amassing 5 points from their two Group C matches following 1-1 draw with hosts Namibia in game one before defeating Angola 2-1 on Monday.
South Africa are the only semifinalists with a one hundred percent record after crushing Lesotho 5-0 on Saturday before beating Mauritius 3-0 on Monday.
The defending champions will face winner of the semifinal playoff between Lesotho and Malawi who were by press time in action in the battle for Wednesday’s penultimate stage slot.
The finals of the revived Cosafa Junior Championships will take place on Saturday December 15.
The last Cosafa Under-17 tournament was held in 2002 that hosts South Africa won in a round-robin tournament.