Hosts Zambia got their campaign in the men's Under-17 football competition at the Zone VI Games off to the perfect start on Friday with a 2-0 win over Botswana in their Group A clash.
Boyd Mkandawire put the home side 1-0 up on 27 minutes, before Chibuye Mulilo added a second a minute before halftime. There were no goals in the second period, but it was a satisfactory start for the home team.
In the other game in Group A on Friday, South Africa also made a promising start as they beat Malawi 4-0. Shakes Mahasba's side led 2-0 at the break and were always in control of the game.
Bongani Khanyile gave them a seventh minute lead, before Nhlakanipho Ntuli added a second two minutes before the break. The points were made safe when Ayabulela Magqwaka added a third on 53 minutes, and Ntuli scored his second and South Africa's fourth midway through the second period.
Angola and Namibia played to a 0-0 draw in Group B, with both teams wasting numerous chances to grab the points.
But Swaziland beat Mauritius 4-2 in the other match in the pool to go top of the group ahead of the second round of matches.
Namibia and Swaziland get the action under way at the Zanaco Sunset Stadium at 11h00 on Saturday in their Group B clash, before Botswana and South Africa clash at 14h00 in Group A at the Nkoloma Stadium.
Lesotho play their first game of the tournament when they take on Angola at the Zanaco Sunset Stadium at 15h00, while the day's action is complete with a match between Zambia and Seychelles at Nkoloma at 17h00.
The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals, to be played on December 14, with the third-place play-off scheduled for the following day.
The winning semi-finalists will meet in the decider on December 16 at Zanaco Sunset Stadium from 15h00.
Meanwhile in the early game in the women's Under-20 competition on Friday, Zimbabwe defeated Namibia 2-1 to get their campaign off to a positive start.
Hosts Zambia lost 1-0 to South Africa, but were unlucky in the match having hit the post and had a goal ruled out in the second period.
The football competitions at the Zone VI Games are being run by the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA).