Zambia out to tame Felix Badenhorst and Co

Zambia out to tame Felix Badenhorst and Co
Yanick Manoo of Seychelles clears ball from Felix Badenhorst of Swaziland (right) during the 2016 Cosafa Cup match between Swaziland and Seychelles at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek Namibia on 13 June, 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Sunday Jun 19, 2016. 10:30

Zambia will be out to tame a firing Felix Badenhorst when they clash with Swaziland for a place in the 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup semifinals in Windhoek on Sunday.

Chipolopolo, four time Cosafa Cup champions (1997, 1998, 2006, 2013), enter this year's edition at the quarterfinal stage of the Southern African competition.

Standing in their way of reaching the final four is a Sihlangu Semnikati outfit in hot form. Swaziland booked their place in the knockout stages of the competition with seven points from three matches to subsequently top Group A.

Harris Bulunga's men held Cosafa heavyweights Zimbabwe to a  (2-2) stalemate before beating the Seychelles (4-0) and Madagascar (1-0).

Key to their success thus far has been the form of reported Kaizer Chiefs target, Badenhorst, who has scored five goals in this year's tournament thus far.

Zambia boast a squad full of Cosafa Cup experience with 2013 winning captain Danny Munyao and fellow previous champion Festus Mbewe included in George Lwandamina's squad.

The 2012 African Cup of Nations champions can also call on Donashano Malama, Adrian Chama and Boyd Mkandawire who featured at last year's tournament hosted in South Africa.

Lwandamina is only expected to arrive in the Namibian capital on match day , having guided Zesco United to a famous 3-2 win over Egyptian giants Al Ahly in their 2016 Caf Champions League opener in Ndola on Saturday. He will be joined in Windhoek by Cletus Chama who is also expected to join the team on Sunday.

In head-to-head meetings between the two sides; Swaziland have won only two matches against Zambia in 14 previous meetings.

Kick-off at the Sam Nujoma Stadium is scheduled for 16h00 CAT.

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