Zambia wrapped up their Cosafa Under-20 Championship outing with a 2-1 win over Lesotho in their final group A match played at De Beers Stadium in Kimberley.
South Africa meanwhile qualified to the semifinals after a 3-0 win over Seychelles in a match played across town at AR Abass Stadium.
South Africa finished top of Group A on maximum 9 points, Zambia second on 6 points, Seychellee are on 3 while Lesotho bottom on 0.
Zambia recovered after some early pressure from Lesotho before Oswald Mutapa’s side regrouped after the opening quarter.
Nathan Sinkala put Zambia ahead on 23 minute when he slid-in the ball from close range before Innocent Mwaba whipped in the second from inside the box five minutes later.
Zambia could have been 4-0 before the break but Musonda Munaile missed from close-range shooting over the bar in the 39th minute.
Four minutes later, it was Mwaba whose first shot was parried before Kasongo Mwepya spectacularly blasted the follow-up from the near post high and over just a meter in front of an obliging goal-mouth.
The second half was pretty even with Zambia dominating but again poor finishing characterized their modest display against a clearly inexperienced Lesotho.
Lesotho scored their consolation goal in the 80minute when Paulosi Nthejane out jumped three defenders to head in the ball during a last quarter of an hour they dominated.
They almost had an equalizer six minutes from time but referee Tebogo Israel Ramocha from Botswana ruled it offside.
Zesco United win League Title.
-Zesco United beat 1-0 Nchanga rangers to lift their second successive league title thanks to a Nicholas Zulu goal in 52 min.
Nicholas Zulu scored the important goal in the 52nd minute to hand Zesco their second league title in their history.
Zesco finished on an unassailable 50 points from 28 games played with two matches to spare.
Meanwhile, Chambishi and Lusaka Dynamos drew 1-1 in the other scheduled match played at Queensmead today.