Zimbabwe, Zambia clash in Under-17 decider

Hosts Zimbabwe will take on Zambia in the final of the men’s football competition at the African Union Sports Commission (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games in Bulawayo on Sunday.

The pair came through their semifinal matches on Sunday, Zambia with some ease over Malawi and Zimbabwe having a tougher fight against a determined Namibia.

It is fair to say both sides deserve their place in the decider, they have been the best two teams in the competition with Zambia in particular showing themselves to be a potent force.

They took their tally to 16 goals in four games when they defeated Malawi 4-0 in the semifinal on Saturday.

The impressive Patrick Ngoma opened the scoring for them on 10 minutes as he placed the ball into the far corner of the goal.

The same player made it 2-0 before halftime with a similar goal, this time he received a pass from Kingsley Mukuka and produced an expert finish.

Patson Daka made it 3-0 just four minutes after halftime with a headed goal, and the hat-trick for Ngoma was completed four later when Chrispin Sakulanda provided the assist.

Zimbabwe were made to work much harder for their win against the 10 men of Namibia.

After a goalless first half, Learnmore Muyambo smashed the ball into the back of the net for Zimbabwe on 64 minutes to send relief around the Luveve Stadium for the jubilant home fans.

Namibia’s task got harder when Baloyi Tsandib received his second yellow card with 15 minutes remaining and they were not able to find an equaliser in the closing stages.

Malawi and Namibia will now play-off for the bronze medal at the Barbourfields Stadium in a match that kicks-off at 11h00, while Zambia and Zimbabwe meet in the main event that starts at 14h00 at the same venue.