Bafana dumped out of Cosafa Cup
Zambia booked their place in the final of the 2013 Cosafa Cup thanks to a 5-3 penalty shootout win over South Africa in a game played at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Wednesday evening.
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Chipolopolo will now take on defending champions Zimbabwe in a repeat of the 2009 edition’s final. The Warriors beat Lesotho 2-1 in the first semifinal.
Bronson Chama scored the winning penalty for the 2012 African Cup of Nations winners after Lerato Chabangu’s spot-kick attempt was wonderfully saved by Danny Munyau.
Bafana Bafana booked their place in the last four with a 2-1 victory over Namibia, while the hosts produced a 3-1 win against Mozambique.
Zambia held the upper hand during the early exchanges of the encounter, with Bafana Bafana’s sketchy defence not helping their cause.
Festus Mbewe found the back of the net in the 13th minute of the game. The goal, though, was disallowed as Mbewe was adjudged to have fouled Wayne Sandilands before tapping in.
Either side failed to really trouble the opposition’s keeper during the first stanza, but Chipolopolo would’ve headed into the interval the happier of the two sides due to their promising movement going forward.
The Zambian wide players troubled Bafana Bafana’s fullbacks, with Bruce Musakanya proving to be a handful for the South African defence.
Both side’s inability to create any clear-cut opportunities in front of goal meant that the first half ended goalless.
The 2009 finalists came out the stronger of the two sides after the break, with Mukuku Mulenga testing Sandilands from a free-kick early on.
South Africa had a wonderful opportunity to break the deadlock on the hour mark. Buhle Mkhwanazi rattled the upright from a Lerato Chabangu corner-kick before Ruzaigh Gamildien somehow blasted the rebound over the crossbar from close range.
Second half substitute Chabangu then hit the outside of the post in the 81st minute of the game after some great work from Mandla Masango down the left flank.
Chipolopolo then rattled the South African crossbar four minutes later. Kondwani Mtonga’s crisp volley looked destined for the back of the net but instead only managed to trouble the crossbar.
Both sides were unlucky not to have found the back of the net within the customary 90 minutes, with the two teams troubling the frame of goal on a total of three occasions.
The two team’s inability to find the back of the net meant that the game was going to be decided in extra-time or penalty kicks.
Neither side was able to find the back of the net within two hours of football, and as a result the winner would be decided by the dreaded penalty shootout.
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Zambian captain Bronson Chama scored the winning penalty for the home side after Lerato Chabangu missed for Bafana Bafana.
Zambia won 5-3 on penalties
Zambia (0) 0 (N’gonga scores, Mwape scores, Phiri score, Chongo scores, Chama scores)
South Africa (0) 0 (Hlatswayo scores, Manyama scores, Chabangu miss, Mashaba scores)
Zambia: D. Munyau, Chisenga, Munthali, Mtonga, S. Kalume, Kapumbu (Chongo 69’), Chama, Musakanya (N’gonga 64’), Mulenga, Mbewe, Mwape
South Africa: Sandilands, Gumede, Hlatshwayo, Kekana, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Mashego (Masango 58’), Manyama, Gamildien (Mashaba 107’), Shongwe, Mthembu (Chabangu 51’), Nonyane