COSAFA Cup: Zambia beat Zimbabwe on penalties to set up final with Botswana
Chipolopolo boys beat Zimbabwe 4-2 on post-match penalties to reach the final of the COSAFA Cup for the third time in a row.
Coming into the match Zambia had lost two back to back COSAFA Cup finals to Zimbabwe and were looking to end the losing streak while the Warriors were hoping to continue their dominance over Zambia. Coach Aggrey Chiyangi made two changes to his team dropping Webster Muzaza and Gift Zulu to the bench and replacing them with Clement Mwape and Jack Chirwa.
Zambia started the match strongly and created a number of chances. It was an improved performance from the four-time Champions with Kaizer Chiefs bound Lazarus Kambole getting more involved and was unlucky not to score a brace in the first half as Elvis Chipezeze denied him twice.
Zambia was handed a chance to take the lead five minutes to half time after a Zimbabwe defender was judged to have handled the ball inside the area. Austin Muwowo stepped up but failed to beat Chipezeze with his poorly struck penalty.
In the second half, Zimbabwe was the better side but they failed to go past well organized Zambian defense as the match ended goallessly and went to post-match penalties.
Sebastian Mwange saved Karma Billiat's penalty while Admiral Muskwe ballooned his effort as Zambia won the match 4-2 on penalties to set up a final with Botswana.
1. Billiat [Missed] Mwange save
2. Muswe [Missed]
3. Nakambeya [Scored]
4. Tarikwa [Scored]
1. Tandi Mwape [Scored]
2. Jack Chirwa [Scored]
3. Mwila Phiri [Scored]
4. Bruce Musakanya [Scored]