It was an epic Sunday afternoon at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in South Africa as two blood rivals Chipolopolo and the Warriors faced off in a brutal championship encounter.
By Daniel Itai
Both teams seemed physically sound both on paper and on the field. However Zimbabwe proved to be the main contender as they were seemingly causing mayhems for the Zambian defence.
22 minutes into the game, Zimbabwe drew the first blood courtesy of Knox Mutizwa who fired a whacking shot that went straight at the back of Chipolopolo’s net.
It seemed as if the Warriors were set but Wedson Nyirenda ‘s induction of Lubinda Mundia for Mike Katiba in the 37th minute cut the celebrations of the Warriors fans short as he levelled the matters in the 39th minute.
Knox could have doubled the Warriors lead in the 44th minute but his shot was too ferocious and went over the bar.
The second half started off with a lot of bustling as both teams were eager to make history and bring back the silverware to their home countries.
Knox tried his luck again in the 56th minute but his shot hit the wood work however, Talent Chawapiwa made sure that the volley ended up at the back of Chipolopolo’s net.
Nyirenda’s boys tried every tactic they had learned to try and pull back another goal but the Warriors led by their skipper Ovidy Karuru wouldn’t have any of that.
Chawapiwa came through again for the Warriors through a sensational pass which he gave to Ocean Mushure who in turn made it three in the 67th minute.
This was the last of it and Chipolopolo succumed to a 3-1 defeat. As a result of this victory the Warriors now have 5 COSAFA titles and are the first to have achieved this status.
Knox was named the player of the tournament and Karuru was awarded with the golden boot for having netted 6 goals.