Zimbabwe lifted the COSAFA Cup 2017 after a comprehensive 3 – 1 win over Zambia in the final of the Cosafa Cup tournament today.
It was the Zambians who began the game well, forcing the Zimbabwean goalkeeper Chigova to come up two crucial saves inside the first 15 minutes. However, it was Zimbabwe who surged into the lead in the 22nd minute when Zambia goalkeeper Chibwa failed to collect a cross properly and Mutizwa capitalised.
But Zambia brought on Mundia in the 39th minute and he immediately restored parity with a stunning goal. In the second half, it was a different story altogether as Zimbabwe took control of the proceedings superbly.
However, the second-half would belong entirely to Zimbabwe, who restored their lead 12 minutes after the restart as Talent Chawapiwa fired home on the rebound after Mutizwa’s initial strike had cannoned back off the woodwork.
Things would go from bad to worse for Zambia 10 minutes later when Mushure collected the ball from Chawapiwa and found the net with an accurate shot.
Zambia came close to ensuring a tense final few minutes as Ngwenya forced an excellent save from the goalkeeper, although there was to be no way back as Zimbabwe ran out comfortable title winners.
Zimbabwe would hold on easily to their lead and lift the trophy to seal a magnificent campaign.They are now the only country to have won the cup 5 times , a new record for the tournament.