Hosts Zambia and underdogs Lesotho reach Cosafa semis


Cosafa Cup hosts Zambia and tournament underdogs Lesotho are through to the semifinals of the 2013 competition.

Zambia enjoyed a straightforward 3-1 win over Mozambique, while Lesotho went through a trickier quarter-final, defeating Angola 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out after the match had finished level at 1-1.

Zambia will meet South Africa in the last four.

Lesotho will take on title-holders Zimbabwe for a place in the final.

After three tight quarter-finals in Lusaka and Kitwe, Zambia took just 28 minutes at the Nkana Stadium to all but wrap up victory. Striker Bornwell Mwape converted a penalty on 14 minutes after midfielder Momed Hagi floored striker Festus Mbewe as the ball ran loose.

The home team doubled their advantage with a surprise Jimmy Chisenga goal. The full-back floated a cross to the far post and it dipped behind goalkeeper Gervasio Cossa into the net.

The third Zambia goal came from Moses Phiri whose low, close-range shot flew into the net after good work from midfield star Mukuka Mulenga and Chisenga.

Mozambique snatched a late consolation goal when Apson Manjate controlled a cross with his chest and netted with a spectacular bicycle kick.

Lesotho's path to the semi-finals was a more tense affair.

Lesotho - ranked 161 in the world - had already surprised many people by reaching the quarter-finals. They defied the odds to top Group B on goal difference after holding Kenya and Botswana and defeating Swaziland.

It was Angola who went ahead after 25 minutes with one of the best goals of the 2013 southern Africa national team championship. Striker Mabululu pounced on a wayward Basotho clearance to volley the ball past goalkeeper Phasumane Kholuoe from well outside the box.

Lesotho responded with a series of attacks and levelled four minutes before half-time. A Moleko dribble set up Thapelo Tale to score his third goal of the tournament with a low shot across goalkeeper Nelson.

The deadlock could not be broken and the match went to a penalty shoot-out with The Crocodiles converting all five penalty kicks through Tlali Maile, Ralekoti Mokhahlane, Thabo Masualle, Bushy Moletsane and Katleho Moleko.

Mano missed for the Black Antelopes to award Lesotho a place against Zimbabwe on Wednesday.

Angola enter the plate competition for losing quarter-finalists and face Malawi on Tuesday for a place in the final.

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