Hosts Zambia Under 20 National Football Team’s quest to defend the COSAFA junior championship title has suffered a setback after they lost their opening game to Uganda by two goals to nil.
This is in a 2017 COSAFA junior tournament being hosted in Kitwe starting today to December 16th.
After a barren first half, Uganda came back with other ideas as Muhammad Shaban scored a brace in the 52nd and 56th minutes to condemn the young bullets at Kitwe’s Arthur Davies Stadium on Wednesday.
Earlier matches saw Malawi beating Swaziland by three goals to two while Egypt beat Mozambique by a goal to nil.
The loss for the boys means that they are bottom of group (A) table with zero points together with Swaziland while Malawi and Uganda have three points each.
Meanwhile, Zambia coach Numba Mumamba said Zambia lost to a good side Uganda adding that it is too early for anyone to rule out the young Copper bullets as they still have two games to play.
Numba adds that the next game against Malawi on Friday will be a must win for Zambia.
And his Uganda counterpart Mathias Lule says his side is not in this tournament as mere participants.
Lule adds that his next assignment is to beat Swaziland and qualify to the next round.
On Thursday, the action shifts to Nkana stadium as Lesotho takes on Zimbabwe in group (C) at 12:00 while South Africa will take on Mauritius in group (B) at 15:00.
2017 COSAFA U20 CHAMPS
Date KO Grp Match Venue
06/12 11h30 A Swaziland 2-3 Malawi Arthur Davies
06/12 14h30 B Mozambique 0-1 Egypt Arthur Davies
06/12 17h30 A Zambia 0 – 2 Uganda Arthur Davies
07/12 12h00 C Lesotho – Zimbabwe Nkana Stadium
07/12 15h00 B South Africa – Mauritius Nkana Stadium
08/12 11h30 C Angola – Namibia Arthur Davies
08/12 14h30 A Uganda – Swaziland Arthur Davies
08/12 17h30 A Malawi – Zambia Arthur Davies
09/12 11h30 B Egypt – Mauritius Nkana Stadium
09/12 14h30 B Mozambique – South Africa Nkana Stadium
10/12 12h00 C Namibia – Lesotho Nkana Stadium
10/12 15h00 C Zimbabwe – Angola Nkana Stadium
11/12 12h00 A Zambia – Swaziland Nkana Stadium
11/12 12h00 A Malawi – Uganda Arthur Davies
11/12 15h00 B South Africa – Egypt Nkana Stadium
11/12 15h00 B Mauritius – Mozambique Arthur Davies
12/12 15h00 C Lesotho – Angola Arthur Davies
12/12 15h00 C Namibia – Zimbabwe Nkana Stadium
14/12 13h00 Win Grp B vs Best Runner-up Arthur Davies
14/12 16h00 Win Grp A vs Win Grp C Arthur Davies
16/12 10h30 Loser Semi 1 vs Loser Semi 2 Levy Mwanawasa
16/12 14h00 Win Semi 1 vs Win Semi 2 Levy Mwanawasa