Young Warriors massacred

HARARE - The Young Warriors suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat to neighbours Zambia in their opening match of the PPC Cosafa Under-20 Cup Group B clash at Moruleng Stadium in South Africa yesterday.

Mandla Mpofu’s side now have a huge task of making it into the quarter-finals of the tournament following yesterday’s heavy defeat.

After a balanced opening period Zambia wrestled control of the match after they opened scoring just four minutes before the break.

Partson Daka gave the Zambians the lead when he fired past Young Warriors goalkeeper Nelson Chadya.

Before that, Chadya had done well to keep Zimbabwe in the game when he made a number of good saves to deny the Zambians.

A minute before the break, Zambia increased their lead when Edward Chilufya headed home past Chadya.

The Ngezi Platinum Stars goalkeeper was in for some shellacking in the second period as the Zambians continued with their momentum.

Chrispen Sakulanda made it 3-0 for Zambia when he delicately chipped Chadya in the 60th minute.

Things got worse for the Young Warriors in the 82nd minute when Fashion Sakala scored the fourth.

Three minutes before the end, Bukhosi Sibanda scored Zimbabwe’s face saver when he converted from the spot.

However, Zambia would have the last say when Moses Nyondo added the fifth in added time.

The Young Warriors have no time to recover as they take on Malawi tomorrow in their final Group B match which they need to win to make it into the last eight of the competition.

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