More stalemates in Cosafa, Zambia-Zimbabwe renew their rivalry

More stalemates in Cosafa, Zambia-Zimbabwe renew their rivalry
Oarabile Sekwai of Botswana challenged by Liam Bern of South Africa during the 2024 Hollywoodbets COSAFA Mens Championship match between South Africa and Botswana at the Wolfson Stadium, Gqeberha on the 29 June 2024 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Jun 30, 2024. 11:00

The Cosafa Cup continued to throw up stalemates in Group A on Saturday, while Sunday will bring a renewal of the regional competition’s most intense rivalry.

Saturday saw the action shift to the Wolfson Stadium, but sadly 180 minutes of football at the venue failed to produce a goal, with both the midday kick-off between Mozambique and Eswatini, as well as the mid-afternoon game between South Africa and Botswana ending 0-0. As a result, all four teams in Group A are level on two points.

Sunday will see Group B resume with matches at the Wolfson Stadium, as Kenya tackle Comoros in the midday kick-off, followed by Zambia and Zimbabwe renewing their rivalry in the mid-afternoon.

Chipolopolo and the Warriors are the two most successful teams in Cosafa Cup history (seven and six titles respectively) but they have not met in the competition since 2019.

Expect fireworks between these arch rivals, with Zimbabwe looking to make a statement on their Cosafa return after a FIFA ban ruled them out of the last two editions, while Zambia need to bounce back from a shock defeat to guest side Kenya in their opener on Thursday.

“It was an interesting game and being it a first game for us, we just need now to go back into training, we come back for the second game and ensure that we come back to our winning ways,” said Zambia coach Chisi Mbewe.

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