Football: Cosafa under-17 zone VI tournament-Seychelles U17 edged 1-0 by hosts Zambia


Man-of-the-match and Zambia captain Langson Mbewe picked himself up after he was brought down in the penalty box to score from the spot kick to hand coach Oswald Mutapa Jr’s players maximum points after two matches.

Under head coach Marc Mathiot and assistant Michel Renaud, the Seychelles youth team were to play their second game against Malawi yesterday at the Zanaco Sunset stadium in Lusaka.
They will meet Botswana tomorrow at the Nkoloma stadium before playing South Africa on Wednesday at the Zanaco Sunset stadium.

Hosts Zambia got their campaign off to a perfect start on Friday with a 2-0 win over Botswana.
Boyd Mkandawire gave Zambia a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute, before Chibuye Mulilo added a second a minute before half-time.

Zambia have six points like South Africa who have also won their first two games.
After making a promising start by beating Malawi 4-0 with goals from Bongani Khanyile, Nhlakanipho Ntuli (two) and Ayabulela Magqwaka on Friday, South Africa came from 1-2 down to win 3-2 against a highly tactical Botswana side on Saturday.

In group B matches, Namibia beat Swaziland 1-0, Angola and Namibia played to a 0-0 draw, and Swaziland beat Mauritius 4-2.

The top two teams in each pool will advance to the semifinals to be played on Friday December 14.
The third-place play-off match is scheduled for Saturday December and the final is on Sunday December 16 at the Zanaco Sunset stadium.

The competition is being run under the guidance of the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) and the winners will be crowned champions of the region for 2012.

Ten nations split into two pools of five teams feature in the under-17 competition. Group A consists of hosts Zambia, South Africa, Malawi, Botswana and Seychelles, while group B is made up of Angola, Namibia, Swaziland, Mauritius and Lesotho.

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