By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
In Gaborone, Botswana
THE young Chipolopolo of Zambian stunned their Namibian counter-parts with as 4-1 drubbing to lift the 2010 edition of the Metropolitan Cosafa Under-20 Youth Championships.
The final match at the University of Botswana in Gaborone saw the Zambian team attacking from the first whistle and it came as no surprise when Chankwa Luangu, scoring two quick goals as early as the 13th and 16th minutes respectively before Rodrick Kabwe could add their tally to 3-0 a minute before the break.
Motivated by playing in front of their legend, Kalusha Byalwa and a handful supporters, the Zambian team continued where they from the first half, dictating the proceedings but only to be let down by their strikers who were either shoo ting wide or straight into the Namibian goalkeeper’s hands.
Just as when everyone was convinced that they score-sheet would remain as it was through to the final whistle, Louis Macha had another option as he scored the Zambian team’s fourth goal in the 6oth minutes before Ikwaterius Tjozongoro could pulled one back, a consolation goal for Namibia in the late minutes of the game.
This is Zambia’ second title after having won this competition last year when they beat hosts, South Africa 1-0 at Dobsonville Stadium, Soweto in Jozi to lift the 2009 edition.
Byalwa said Zambia’s achievement is a sign that football development back in his country is fast improving for the better.
“I am so excited about my home country’s team performance in this competition, and this is a sign that Zambia as the country will soon have a strong senior team should these players be well nurtured and monitored,”
The Namibia coach, Ricardo Manetti (former Absa Premierships side, Santos) said the fact that his team has managed to reach their first time-ever final match in this competition since Metropolitan came aboard as sponsors five years ago means a lot to them.
“Reaching the final match in this competition ahead of countries which have been doing well such as South Afr ica and Zimbabwe speaks volume for us as a team, and we hope to improve with time,” said Manetti who took over the coaching reigns of the Namibian team six months ago.