Previous
Brighton & Hove Albion
Stoke City
8:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Hellas Verona
Bologna
7:45 PM UTC
Game Details
SC Amiens
Lille
6:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Palermo
Cittadella
7:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Dynamo Dresden
Kaiserslautern
7:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Lens
Niort
7:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Next

Can Diaspora talent end Zimbabwe misery?

Zimbabwe
Read

Zimbabwe target Grobbelaar for Warriors job

Football
Read

Ngezi close gap as Dynamos stumble

Football
Read

Dynamos away as title run-in begins

Football
Read

CAPS clash abandoned after crowd trouble

Zimbabwe
Read

Dynamos go top of Zimbabwe PSL

Zimbabwe
Read

FC Platinum down Dynamos to go top

Zimbabwe Premier League
Read

Dynamos seek revenge at FC Platinum

Zimbabwe Premier League
Read

Zimbabwe claim record fifth COSAFA title

COSAFA Cup
Read

Zimbabwe reach COSAFA Cup semis

Football
Read

Zimbabwe claim record fifth COSAFA title

Zimbabwe winners of the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup
Zimbabwe winners of the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup

Zimbabwe claimed a record fifth COSAFA Castle Cup with a 3-1 victory over Zambia in the Final at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in South Africa's North West province on Sunday.

Zimbabwe have been the best team in the tournament, playing six matches in 14 days and scoring an impressive 19 goals in the process.

It was tough on Zambia, who entered the competition at the quarterfinal stage and had an impressive campaign, but they could not contain the confident Zimbabweans in the decider.

The final was surprisingly open for a decider, with 35 chances at goal from both sides, and it was Zimbabwe who took the lead. Knox Mutizwa scored his fifth goal of the tournament when he headed the ball home midway through the first half, but any hopes of going into halftime ahead were dashed.

Lubinda Mundia had only been on the pitch a matter of seconds as a substitute, but he headed home to draw Zambia level.

Mutizwa had an excellent chance to restore Zimbabwe's lead when he found himself one-on-one with Allan Chibwe in the second half, but the Zambian goalkeeper came out on top.

But Zimbabwe continued to put pressure on the Zambian goal and it was no surprise when they took the lead once more when Talent Chawapiwa drilled the ball low into the back of the net. And 10 minutes later it was 3-1 as Mashure bagged a fourth goal of the campaign with a fine finish from the edge of the box.

Zimbabwe endured a few scares after that, but goalkeeper George Chigova was in fine form and stopped everything Zambia could throw at him.

Zimbabwe now lead in COSAFA Castle Cup titles with five, one more than Zambia and South Africa. For the Zambians, it is a record fifth defeat in the final of the regional showpiece tournament.

Zimbabwe skipper Ovidy Karuru finished as top scorer with six goals, one more than compatriot Knox Mutizwa. Zimbabwe collect R500 000 as winners of the competition, while Zambia take home R250 000.

Tanzania finished third at this year's tournament, while hosts South Africa picked up the Plate trophy.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.