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Zambia crowned U-17 Cosafa champions

21 Oct 2019 at 20:17hrs | Views
Zambia "Chipolopolo" were yesterday crowned the Cosafa U-17 champions after a 2 - 0 win over  Mozambique "Os Mambas" in Malawi.

Chipolopolo were the dominant side from the start of the game giving little chances to Os Mambas. Regardless of having most of the ball possession, the Zambian team failed to land one at the back of the net throughout the first half.

The second half was more or less like the first half but this time Chipolopolo managed to yield something largely due to their coach Oswald Mutapa who made some comprehensive halftime impartation.

Joseph Banda finally opened up for the Zambians in the 52nd minute courtesy of a superb pass from Julius Kumwenda.

Chipolopolo took a hard hit in the 57th minute as they lost one of their strikers Peter Chikola who received his marching orders from the referee after he had committed a nasty foul.

Regardless of having lost one of their forwards, Chipolopolo remained composed which ultimately led to their second goal courtesy of Moses Mulenga's tactful and skillful play which was later finished up by Rickson Ng'ambi in the 74th minute.

The two goals were enough to give Chipolopolo their second U-17 Cosafa title. Mutapa was on cloud nine due to the result, "we are happy to be champions, we did a lot, like I alluded to previously, the preparations were massive and it could be seen from the results we have had."

Zambia's captain Miguel Chaiwa couldn't hide his joy, "first and foremost, I would like to say thank God for the wonderful trophy that he has given unto us, and I just want to say thank you to the hard working technical bench which has been advising us more and more to continue with the same spirit."

Zambia's Moses Mulenga was named Player of the Tournament as well as keeper Iford Mwale who walked away with the Golden Glove award.

Simon Cipriano of Mozambique, Valdemiro Domingos of Angola and Chipolopolo's Rickson Ng'ambi shared the Golden Boot after having netted five goals a piece. Eswatini claimed the Fair Play prize.

Source - Daniel Itai at the Mira Stadium in Blantyre
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