By Uche Dozie
Sport Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Young Chipolopolo of Zambia were ruthless in their tie against Malawi on Tuesday as they secured ticket for the 2021 African Cup of Nations in Morocco.
It was a 6-2 whitewash at the Nelson Mandela Bay; a win which took them to the final and a likelihood to retain the trophy they won a couple to years ago.
Joseph Sabobo Banda did not waste time in putting Zambia in front through a well taken freekick as early as the eleventh minutes of the match. He scoops the ball up and over the wall, beating the Malawi keeper Mhone, as the ball crashes into the back of the net.
It was not long before it became 2-0. Rickson Ng’ambi profited from a well-timed run courtesy of the boot of Mutale, who sends a long-ball into the Malawi attacking third which Ng’ambi profits from.
As the minutes past, it seemed a day of goals. Joseph Sabobo Banda grabbed a brace in the 44th minutes. He scored after Mumba lays off a good cross from just outside the centre circle in the attacking half!.
The second half came alive as soon as possible, Zambia starting from where they stopped and scoring the fourth goal in the first minute of the second half.
Mumba chased down a through-ball, seeing it into the back of the Malawi net as it caressed the finger tips of Makungu on its way in.
In quick succession, Banda scored his hat trick to make it Zambia 5 Malawi 0.
By the 59th and 72nd minutes Mphasi scored a brace to reduced the deficit.
Mphasi could have it three, but poor finishing was greatest undoing in the match.
It was Zambia who took their chances well and got the sixth goal. Khumalo in 84th minutes got his name on the score sheet as he sent a looping shot into the back of net to leave Mhone well-beaten.
Malawi were reduced to 10 man after Mbewe’s challenge on Khumalo with defender raking in a second yellow card of the match.
The incident did little to the complexion of the game as the Young Chipolopolo won for Saturday’s final.
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