Young Zebras Held By Zambia

Unobatsha Mbaiwa celebrates his goal against Zambia PIC: KABO MPAETONA
Unobatsha Mbaiwa celebrates his goal against Zambia PIC: KABO MPAETONA

LOBATSE: The national Under-23 side, Young Zebras played to an entertaining 1-1 draw against Kenya in the first leg of the African Championship qualifier played on Friday. The result leaves the Young Zebras with a tough challenge in the second leg to be played in Zambia.

They are now forced to score in Zambia after giving the visitors an away goal.

The visitors looked superior tactically and pressed the Young Zebras, leaving their midfield exposed. The Young Zebras looked like they had stage fright and wasted numerous corner kicks. They were dealt a heavy blow when defender, Bogosi Kaekwa was pulled out because of injury. Coach Davis Kopi replaced him with Kennedy Taukobong.

Zambia’s goal came in the 57th minute through Jackson Chirwa. Shadreck Malambo gave Young Zebras a torrid time and delivered dangerous crosses but Young Zebras’ goalkeeper, Goitseone Phoko managed to deal with them. Young Zebras started gaining confidence in the middle of the second half in search of an equaliser. Emmanuel Machinya made way for Onkabetse Makganthai who brought more life to the game. Chipolopolo also brought in fresh leg, removing Patrick Ngoma and replacing him with Lubambo Musonda.

Unotshaba Mbaiwa equalised for the Young Zebras in the 69th minute following the goalkeeper’s failure to hold onto the ball. The Zambians tried Phoko several times in search of a winning goal, but found him in good form.


The line-ups:

Botswana:  Goitseone Phoko, Thato Kebue ,Kaone Van Der Westhizen , Bogosi Kaekwe,_Kagiso Dithebe, Letlhogonolo Senwelo, Emmanuel Machinya, Gape Mohutsiwa, Unobatsha Mbaiwa, Thatayaone Ramatlapeng, Karabo Phiri

Substitutes: Ezekiel Morake, Obonye Maome, Kennedy Taukobong, Lebogang Ditsile, Langa Mabuli, Kennedy Ramasa, Onkabetse Makgantai

Zambia: Toaster Nsabata,Boyo Mkandawire,   Bennedict Chepeshi, Kapotwe Kayane, Benson Sakala, Shadreck Malambo, Jackson Chirwa, John Chingandu, Moses Phiri, Patrick Ngoma and Kelvin Mubanga.

Substitutes: Kenny Mumba, Solomon Sakala, Alex Mwamba, Lubambo Musonda, Friday Samu, Lameck Silwaba and Aubrey Chamulwanda.

Botswana 1 (Mbaiwa 69th)

Zambia 1 (Chirwa 57th)

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