take on Angola
in the final of the 2011 Metropolitan COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships that will be played at the University of Botswana Stadium in Gaborone on Saturday (kick-off 13h00 GMT).
The title decider will bring the curtain down on a magnificent regional championships that have yielded much excitement for supporters, with an incredible 80 goals scored in just 20 games so far, an average of four goals per game.
Zambia have won the last three titles at the tournament, while by contrast Angola are still seeking their first, despite reaching the final three years in a row between 2000 and 2002.
Tony Chitsulo and Francisco Lirio
defeated host nation Botswana
2-0, while the Angolans produced a brilliant late comeback to see off Malawi. Angola
, who have never won this competition before despite three final appearances in a row between 2000 and 2002, sealed their place in the 2011 decider with a thrilling come-from-behind 4-2 victory over Malawi
After missing a routine chance earlier in the game, Dalisto Sailesi gave Malawi a deserved lead on 42 minutes.
Zambia and Angola have booked their places in the final of the 2011 Metropolitan COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships in Botswana after the two semi-finals played at the Molepolole Stadium on Thursday.
Ronald Kampamba and evand Kangwa
as the semifinal line-up was completed after much drama.
A total of 29 goals were scored in five matches with some superb attacking play that thrilled the local crowds in Gaborone and Molepolole. Hosts Botswana booked their place in the semifinals with a 3-0 win over Swaziland
in their Group A encounter at the Molepolole Stadium.
Needing to win by more than two clear goals in order to move ahead of Mozambique on goal-difference, the Botswana side left it late but came up with the goods when it mattered.
It was goals galore on the sixth day of the 2011 Metropolitan COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships in
Angola took a giant step towards the semifinals of the 2011 Metropolitan COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships when they beat Zimbabwe 3-2 in Group D on Monday to maintain their position on top of the pool. The Angolans now require just a point from their final encounter with Namibia on Tuesday to seal their place in the Last 4 of what has been an evenly contested group so far. But Zimbabwe are now out of the competition and there will be no repeat of the semifinal appearance in 2010, when they went on to collect bronze in the competition. It all started well enough for the Young Warriors as Trevor Mutero collected a Ronald Chitiyo pass to score on 16 minutes.
South Africa vs. Tanzania
became the first side into the 2011 Metropolitan COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships semifinals when they beat Lesotho
3-2 in their Group B clash in Gaborone, Botswana, on Sunday.
The result means the Young Flames have two wins from two games in the three-team pool that also includes Seychelles and cannot be caught at the top of the group. Lesotho had the ball in the back of the net midway through the first half, but Litsepe Marabe's effort is ruled offside.
They continued to dominate and it was totally against the run of play when Malawi took the lead. Isaac Maluwa scored his second goal of the tournament when he fired home from long-range as the Lesotho defence gave him the space to shoot.
Jerry Mxabo converts a penalty
made a winning start in Group C at the University of Botswana Stadium in Gaborone with a 4-0 victory over Mauritius
Playing with just two players with any top-flight experience, South Africa could have been ahead inside the first three minutes had Snethemba Ngidi not blasted wildly over the top from point blank range. But he atoned with the opening goal on 12 minutes, driving a strong shot home from the edge of the box.
Day Two of the 2011 Metropolitan COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships produced yet more thrilling action as the heavyweights of the region flexed their muscles in their opening games.
Hosts Botswana opened their 2011 Metropolitan COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships Group A campaign with a 0-0 draw against Mozambique at the University of Botswana Stadium in Gaborone on Thursday.
The match was full of chances for both sides, but try as they might neither was able to find a breakthrough in front of an enthusiastic crowd in the rain.
Clesio Bauque had a headed chance for the Mozambicans early on which he put over the bar, before Jonas Tomocene had his effort cleared off the line by Mpho Kgaswane.
Tomocene then brought the best out of Botswana keeper Neo Kenalemang as the stopper put his stinging drive behind for a corner.
’s national Under 20 captain Sabelo Gamedze says they will achieve what their predecessors couldn’t and go beyond the preliminaries of the annual Metropolitan Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championships. Botswana will host the Youth Championships for the second time in a row.
Swaziland, who are in Group A, will face Mozambique in the first game on Thursday (December 1) at 6:30pm at University of Botswana sports ground.
The second game will be against Comoros on December 4 (kick off time 7pm) and the last game against the hosts, Botswana, two days later at Molepolole Sports ground at 7pm.
Zambia Under-20 will briefly camp in Livingstone this weekend en route to Botswana by road to defend their COSAFA Youth Championship title.
Coach Keagan Mumba told MTNFootball.com that the team will camp in the southern border tourist town on Saturday to acclimatize for the tournament that will run from December 1-10 in Gaborone.
"The weather in Gaborone and Livingstone is almost the same at this time of the year, that’s why we are camping there," Mumba said.
Mumba said the teams’ three-day camp will also be a stopover before embarking on the 10-hour drive from Livingstone to Gaborone on December 29.