ROBINSON KUNDA, LusakaZAMBIA 2 MALAWI 0
STRIKER Martin Njobvu yesterday netted a double as Zambia edged Malawi to cruise to the final of the Council of Southern Africa Football
Associations (COSAFA) Under-17 Championship. Njobvu struck a first-half brace in a semi-final match at St Francois Xavier Stadium in Port Louis to set up a date against hosts Mauritius, who beat South Africa 2-0. Zambia assistant coach Charles Bwale said the team’s target remains to lift the trophy. “When we were here last year, we had one thing in mind which was to win the cup but unfortunately we were disqualified. When an opportunity came again this year, we had one thing in mind to win the cup. We knew we had unfinished business here and come Sunday our target will be to win and go back with the cup to Zambia,” Bwale said. Zambia were disqualified last year after two players failed magnetic resonance imaging tests. Bwale said the match against Malawi was tough and praised the players for sticking to the game plan. Prior to yesterday’s encounter, Malawi were unbeaten and had a clean sheet. It only took three minutes for the junior Chipolopolo to take the lead. Skipper Prince Mumba capitalised on a defensive lapse and found Njobvu, who slotted the ball into the net. Njobvu doubled the advantage with a close-range effort in the seventh minute. He benefited from Andrew Phiri’s pass. Njobvu has so far scored five times. Clinton Lubula could have added the third in the 17th minute but shot over the cross-bar with Malawi goalkeeper Kennedy Nankhaima to beat. Martin Banda also came close to finding the back of the net on 21 minutes but Nankhaima reacted quickly to thwart the danger. Zambia coach Mumamba Numba withdrew Phiri for Niza Samutenda in the 57th minute while his Malawi counterpart, Deklerk Msakakuona, rested Tathedwa Willard for Newton Nsoma. Msakakuona said Zambia played well and deserved to win.