Monday, 21 October 2019 05:48
Zambia have been crowned champions of the 2019 COSAFA Men’s Under-17 Championship after a 2-0 victory over Mozambique in Sunday’s (20 October) final at the Mira Stadium in Blantyre, Malawi.
Ten-man Zambia become just the second country, after South Africa, to lift the trophy on two occasions after they also won the gold medal in 2017.
It was a deserved victory for a side who scored 20 goals in their five games, an average of four per match, as they proved the most complete on the squads on display.
After a goalless first half in which Zambia were largely dominant, they took the lead on 52 minutes. Peter Chikola overlapped on the far side after a quick one-two with Joseph Banda.  
Julius Kumwenda laid the ball off for Banda on the edge of the box, who curled it into the far corner of the net.Zambia were reduced to 10 players six minutes later when Chikola picked up his second yellow card.
Ng’ambi made it 2-0 on 74 minutes though, as Mulenga beat two defenders and rounded the goalkeeper before laying it off for Ng’ambi to score the insurance goal.
Meanwhile Angola claimed the bronze medal with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Eswatini in the third-place play-off to go home with a medal for the second year running after they won gold in 2018.
Third-Place Play-Off
Eswatini 0 Angola 5 
(Domingos 15’, 29’, 68’, 84’, Muhongo 39’)
Mozambique 0 Zambia 2 (Banda 52’, Ng’ambi 74’)