Young Warriors reach semis

BULAWAYO - The Zimbabwe Under-20 boys’ team reached the semi-finals of the on-going African Union Sports Commission (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games after beating Malawi 2-1 at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.

The Young Warriors will now meet Namibia in today’s semi-final at Luveve Stadium.

The match had looked like it would end goalless but the Young Warriors broke the deadlock from the penalty spot through Ishmael Munsaka 14 minutes from time.

Zimbabwe were awarded the spot kick after Malawi defender MacDonard Njunga handled inside the box.

Thomas Kadyaridzire scored Zimbabwe’s second goal two minutes into added time after a goalmouth scramble.

A minute later, Malawi were awarded a penalty when striker Edwin Carlos was bundled inside the box.

Malawi skipper Limbani Phiri scored from the spot but it was too late for the Young Flames as it was the last kick of the match. 

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Under-20 women’s team had to settle for a bronze medal after crushing to a 5-0 defeat to Botswana yesterday at Luveve Stadium.

Zimbabwe finished the tournament with three points following their 2-1 win over Namibia in the first match.

The Young Mighty Warriors lost their way in the second game when they hammered 5-0 by South Africa last Sunday.

Botswana won the silver medal as the win ensured that they finished in second place behind gold winners South Africa, who beat Namibia 5-1 at Barbourfields Stadium.

Yesterday, it was a similar disappointing performance from Langton Giwa’s charges, who were ruthlessly exposed by the Botswana.

The Batswana ladies were in front just after 10 minutes when Chedza Katsibe outpaced Zimbabwean defender Chido Muhara to a through ball before firing past goalkeeper Sukoluhle Ndlovu.

Seven minutes later, Botswana were two goals up when Katsibe scored her second of the game when she was set up by Kitso Sheba after some awful defending from the hosts.

Botswana made it 3-0 after 32 minutes when Boitumelo Gammu beat Ndlovu with a long rage effort.

Ndlovu should have done better with the shot but instead she parried it into her net.

In the second period, Zimbabwe put in a much better performance but they could not turn their dominance into goals to find a way back into the match.

Botswana increased their lead 18 minutes from time after Refilwe Tholakele scored with an easy tap in from close range.

Thapelo Moshe completed the rout after another calamity from Ndlovu, whose poor clearance lands on the substitute’s feet before she lobs the ball past the stranded Zimbabwe goalkeeper.

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