Zambia and Zimbabwe look to make history

Zambia and Zimbabwe look to make history
Brian Mwila of Zambia challenged by Banda Abdi of Tanzania during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zambia and Tanzania at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 05 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jul 08, 2017. 23:09

Zambia will face off with Zimbabwe in the 2017 COSAFA Cup final at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 17h00 CAT.

Chipolopolo overcame Tanzania 4-2 in their semi-final encounter which was played at the Moruleng Stadium in Moruleng on Wednesday.

Zambia did not take part in the group stages of this year's tournament and they defeated Botswana 2-1 in order to reach semi-finals.

Wedson Nyirenda, the Chipolopolo coach, will be hoping to mastermind a win for his side and clinch their fifth COSAFA Cup trophy - their first since 2013.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe beat a stubborn Lesotho side 4-3 in their semi-final match which was played at the Moruleng Stadium on Wednesday.

The Warriors reached the knockout stages after winning Group B. They went on to overcome Swaziland 2-1 in their quarter-final clash.

Zimbabwe coach Sunday Chidzambwa, who has already won two COSAFA Cup trophies with his side, will be looking to guide his side to their fifth COSAFA Cup title - their first since 2009.

Justin Shonga, who has three goals in this year's tournament, is Zambia's key player. Zimbabwe's dangerman Ovidy Karuru is the top goalscorer with six goals.

The winner between Zambia and Zimbabwe will clinch their fifth title - becoming the most decorated country in COSAFA Cup history in the process.



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