The final line-up for the women’s Under-20 competition at the 2012 Zone VI Games will see hosts Zambia take on Zimbabwe after the semi-final matches played at the Zanaco Sunset Stadium on Thursday.
It was another incredible day of drama and excellent football as Zambia stunned favourites South Africa in the first semi-final, while Zimbabwe saw off the challenge of Namibia.
It will be a first-ever final at this level for Zambia, who opened the scoring at the start of the second half when Misozi Zulu netted against the South Africans. The hosts doubled their advantage 10 minutes later when Hellene Mubanga netted.
That goal spurred the South Africans into action and they received a lifeline when Zambian goalkeeper Susan Nalwamba was adjudged to have fouled Thembi Kgatlane in the penalty-area. Megan Newman stepped forward and fired home the spot-kick with 25 minutes remaining.
Zambia was able to hold on for a famous win and celebrated their victory in great style at the final whistle.
In the second semi-final, Zimbabwe netted a goal either side of halftime to beat the Namibians.
Nyasha Munemo drove home Zimbabwe’s first on the stroke of half time and five minutes into the second period, Namibia’s substitute Anouska Kordom was adjudged to have handled in the box. Daisy Taitano easily converted to extend Zimbabwe’s lead.
Namibia had an opportunity to pull one back on the hour mark but Depney Nowabes failed to convert with Zimbabwean goalkeeper Vanesa Lunga well beaten.
Zimbabwe could have stretched their lead further late in the match as Munemo and Tafadzwa Tsunguro combined well deep inside the Namibia half, but the latter fired over.
Namibia and South Africa will now contest the third-place play-off on Friday, while Zambia and Zimbabwe meet in Sunday’s final.