Benson Kolala of Zambia evades challenge from Mduduzi Mabuza of Swaziland during the 2017 COSAFA U20 football match between Zambia and Swaziland at Nkana Stadium, Kitwe on 11 December 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Monday Dec 11, 2017. 14:55
Zambia brushed aside Swaziland 2-0 in the 2017 Under-20 COSAFA Cup Group A match at the Nkana Stadium on Monday.
As a result, Zambia, who are the tournament hosts, and Swaziland finished third and fourth respectively in Group A.
Zambia dominated the match from the start with captain Prince Mumba firing over the crossbar from close range a few minutes into the game.
Swaziland goalkeeper Mlamuli Lukhele then made a good save to deny Martin Njovu as Zambia continued to press for the opening goal.
Lukhele then made another good save to deny Zambian attacker Edward Chilufya, who was looking to break the deadlock.
Zambia and Swaziland were locked at 0-0 at half-time thanks to Lukhele's goalkeeping heroics.
However, the shot-stopper was beaten by Francisco Mwepu, who scored from a corner kick to make it 1-0 to Zambia five minutes after the restart.
Nunu Shabalala tried to level matters, but his effort went wide of the target with time running out for Swaziland.
Mwepu sealed Zambia's 2-0 victory over Swaziland in the 90th minute when he beat Lukhele for the second time.