Zambia and Madagascar lock horns eyeing COSAFA final berth

Zambia and Madagascar lock horns eyeing COSAFA final berth
Billy Mutale of Zambia

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jun 06, 2018. 10:30

Zambia and Madagascar will be looking to reach the final of the 2018 COSAFA Cup when they meet in the semi-finals on Wednesday afternoon.

The Chipolopolo are confident following their 4-3 win on penalties over Namibia last Saturday.

Although their match failed to produce goals in the regulation time, coach Beston Chambeshi wants to dispatch the Malagasy.

The 2012 African champions are aiming for their second successive final appearance in the regional showpiece following their 3-1 loss to defending champions Zimbabwe last July in Rustenburg.

On the other hand, a war of words has already began after Chambeshi scoffed at his Malagasy counterpart Franklin Andriamanarivo’s suggestion that his men are beatable.

“Football is played on the field, we will meet them on Wednesday so it will be a good game and the 90 minute will tell the result,” Chambeshi said.

“I think they have to respect us because we are both in the same tournament.

“All we need to do now is preparing the boys well and see to it that they play at a higher level on Wednesday.”

Looking at Barea, Madagascar are also confident heading to this tie.

Having finished as Group A winners with seven points from two wins and one draw, the Islanders must be a threat in the competition.

They are yet to lose and after beating hosts South Africa on penalties in the quarterfinal, and they will hope to march all the way to the final.

Meanwhile, the two sides have met just once in the tournament and Zambia claimed a 2-0 win in the third-place play-off in 2008.

Andriamanarivo and his men are aiming for their first final appearance after reaching the semis in 2015 since making their tournament debut in 2002.

The encounter will be staged at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday at 17:00 (CAT).



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