Zambia Under-20 tumbled at the semifinal stage of the 2018 COSAFA U20 Cup following a 2-1 loss to Zimbabwe at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe.
The 11-time champions’ defensive frailties that Mozambique exposed in the final Group A match that ended 1-1 on December 8 returned to haunt the tournament hosts again on Tuesday.
Charles Bwale’s team went ahead in the 36th minute but two minutes later goalkeeper Bradley Mweene and his defenders found themselves in communication crosswires and Zimbabwe defender Andrew Mbebe punished them for that when he headed-in the equalizer.
Zambia then huffed and puffed their way throughout the second half and Zimbabwe then deservedly took the lead in the 71st minute when Delic Murimba beat Mweene as the hosts’ attack continued to offer very little quality or bite for that matter.
Meanwhile, Zambia will face Angola in the 3rd and 4th place playoff on Thursday.
Zimbabwe will play defending champions South Africa in the final later on the same day after the latter beat Angola 1-0 in Tuesday’s early kickoff.