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African Under-20 wrap: Zambia champions of Africa

African Under-20 wrap: Zambia champions of Africa

15:15 SAST | 13 Mar 2017

Hosts Zambia claimed a first ever African Under-20 Championships crown with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Senegal in the deciding match of the 2017 tournament played at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday.

Zambia became just the ninth country to lift the title and are deserved winners after a tournament in which they rarely looked trouble, bar perhaps their semifinal with South Africa.

It is the second tournament in succession in which the Senegalese have had to settle for silver, while Guinea took the bronze medal with a 2-1 victory over the South African earlier in the day.

Patson Daka handed Zambia the lead after 16 minutes when he converted after teammate Fashion Sakala’s shot had been spilled by Senegal goalkeeper Lamine Sarr.

And it was 2-0 on 35 minutes in slightly fortunate circumstances when Sarr attempted a clearance on the edge of the box and it deflected off Edward Chilufya and into the net.

That goal left Chilufya, Daka and South African Luther Singh all tied for the tournament’s Golden Boot with four goals.

There was drama just before the hour-mark when Senegal substitute Ibrahima Ndiaye, who had only been on the pitch a couple of minutes, removed an object from his sock and threw it into the Zambia goal as his side prepared to pump a free-kick into the box.

The move incensed the home players and the object was removed, with Ndiaye eventually receiving a yellow card once they melee had eased, a rare instance of a player being booked for suspected witchcraft. The free-kick came to nothing.

Zambia managed to see out the remainder of the game with some ease, to the delight of the 60,000 crowd in the stadium.

Earlier, Guinea claimed the bronze medal with a come-from-behind victory over South Africa in the third-place playoff.

Liam Jordan had given South Africa in the sixth minute with his second goal of the campaign, but two minutes later Guinea were level when Amajita defender Katlego Mohamme headed past his own goalkeeper.

Both sides had chances to win it after that, but when South Africa captain Tercious Malepe was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, Naby Bangoura netted the winner from the penalty-spot five minutes from time.

Third place represents the best finish for Guinea in the competition since they were runners-up in 1979.


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