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Rivals meet in Cosafa final

Cosafa Cup habitual winners and holders, Zimbabwe, meet their eternal rivals, Zambia, in the final tomorrow after seeing off stubborn Lesotho and Madagascar, respectively, in semi-final matches played at New Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane City, South Africa, on Wednesday evening.

As was the case in the quarter-final win over Namibia, Zimbabwe needed the heroics of towering goalkeeper George Chigova, who saved two post-match penalties to finally break the resistance of the Crocodiles with a 3-1 win following a goalless 90 minutes.

Playing earlier at the same venue, Lazarus Kambole’s close range finish after quick-silver one-twos was all Zambia needed to breach Madagascar’s otherwise water-tight defence.

Madagascar meet Lesotho in a third-place play-off today.

In a post-match interview, Zambia interim Coach, Beston Chimbeshi, said: “Of course, finishing was not good. We wanted to finish the game in the first-half but we wasted many chances.”

In another match scheduled for today, hosts South Africa’s Bafana Bafana date Botswana in the Plate final.

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