THE Zambia Under-17 soccer team yesterday booked a place in the semi-finals of the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Youth Games despite playing to a barren draw against Malawi in the boys football competition.
The draw was enough for Zambia who moved up to eight points but finished second in Group A behind winners South Africa, who thumped Seychelles 4-1 at Nkoloma Stadium.
Zambia will play Lesotho who finished top with seven points in Group B same with Angola, who play South Africa, but had a healthy goal difference.
Cheered by a capacity crowd at Sunset Stadium, the Oswald Mutapa Jr coached side fired blanks for a second successive game despite creating several scoring chances in a match that Zambia needed to avoid defeat to advance at the expense of Malawi, who had six points and needed a win.
Zambia should have taken early lead in the first half when Patrick Ngoma unleashed a powerful shot which just went wide at the goal in the 11th minute before Paul Phiri in the 28th minute failed to finish off a well connected cross from George Mandu.
Malawi's chance of the game came in on 68th minute when Festus Chikweza dribbled the ball from the right flank past the entire Zambian defenders only to shoot wide at goal.
In other matches played earlier at Sunset Stadium, Angola beat Mauritius 2-0 with Celestino Cassinda scoring a brace in the 47th and 65th minutes.
Meanwhile, the Zambian women team today takes on South Africa in the semi-finals to be played at Sunset stadium in what promises to be a repeat of the opening day action which the latter won 1-0.
But this is the game that Albert Kachinga tutored girls would need to win to grab a place in the finals but should expect a tough match against a South African side that has been in a superb form in this competition.
Kafunda wins Silver as Maluti grabs bronze
By ELIAS CHIPEPO -
SPRINTER TitusKafunda yesterday won a silver medal at the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Youth Games after finishing second in the men's 200metre race won by South African Akani Sibine.
Kafunda, who claimed a bronze medal in the 100m final on Tuesday, timed 21:05 seconds behind Simbine, who clocked 20:68 seconds, with Sphelo Ngqabaza also from South Africa finishing third with a time of 21:12 seconds.
During the qualifying heats, Kafunda finished first in heat two on 21:22 seconds with Simbine timing 21:03 in heat one, while Ngqabaza had the slowest time of 21:74 despite winning his heat three event.
Phillimon Banda finished fourth and failed to sail through to the finals with a time of 26:71 seconds with Chibinga Muzyamba failing to clinch a final slot following his third place finish in heat three with a time of 28:52 seconds and the case was same for Shadreck Zulu who finished on 28:14 seconds.
In the women 200metre events, Monica Muunga and Kahilu Kashweka qualified to the finals but finished outside the medal barracks in the finals, while Selina Phiri tumbled in her heat finishing sixth in heat timing 34:82. Wigan Mwinga topped his T 13 heat clocking 23:94.
And David Maluti won a bronze medal in javelin after throwing 49.54metres behind winner Stephen Beaukes of Botswana and runner up Reinhard Vister Van Zyl of South Africa who recorded 65.36 and 61.28 respectively.
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