COSAFA: Swaziland through to semis

20 Jun 2016 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 20 JUN (NAMPA) – Swaziland advanced to the semifinals of the Cosafa Castle Cup after beating Zambia by four goals to two in a penalty shoot-out here on Sunday.
This was third game of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Castle Cup that was decided on penalty shoot-out, following Lesotho versus South Africa and Namibia versus Botswana.
In regulation time, Swaziland and Zambia drew zero-all.
In an otherwise entertaining game of football which was poorly attended at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, Zambia started strongly, creating a number of chances which they could not convert.
Swaziland grew in confidence with their talisman captain Tony Thulani Tsabedze starting to dictate the pace of the game.
On the other end Zambian striker Festus Mbewe had a couple of chances but it could not go past Ginindza Sandile in goals for Swaziland.
Sabelo Wilson Ndzinisa flashed a header wide, while Felix Gerson Badenhorst had a goal disallowed for a foul on a Zambian defender.
Nothing much changed in the second half despite a raft of substitutions by both coaches with little effect on the game itself as both teams cancelled each other out. Paul Katema raffled the upright with a ferocious shot, leaving Sandile a mere spectator.
In the penalty shoot-out, Swaziland missed their first penalty through Sibonginkosi Gamendze but recovered to score the next four as Zambia had two successive spot kicks from Katema and Spencer Sautu saved by Sandile.
Zambian Coach Aggrey Chiyangi admitted his side was let down by poor decision making during the match.
“It was not an easy game, we tried to score in the first half but we failed. We are using this game as a learning curve and to expose some of our players to the national team,” he said.
Winning coach Harries Sozabile Bulunga praised Zambia for giving them a tough match noting “we came with a certain mandate and it was to go past the group stages, then take each match as it comes. We have achieved that and we are looking forward to the next match”.
Meanwhile, the last quarterfinal match between DR Congo and Mozambique ended with DR Congo winning 1-0.
(NAMPA)
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