Mozambique face Zambia in Cosafa Cup quarterfinal
Mozambique´s national football team on Sunday face the Chipolopolo in the quarterfinal of the Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Castle Senior Challenge Cup title at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe, Zambia.The other quarter-final was played earlier in the day with Angola facing Lesotho at the same venue.
Zambia and Angola have won six COSAFA titles between them – three for the hosts and the other three for the Palancas Negras, while Mozambique and Lesotho are yet to triumph.
The Chipolopolo are favourites to progress to the semi-finals, having beaten Mozambique seven times in the regional championship.
Zambia’s supremacy over Mozambique dates back to 1997 when the Chipolopolo won 2-1 at the Independence Stadium in Lusaka with Frazier Kamwandi netting a brace.
In 1998, Zambia beat Mozambique 1-0 and a year later the teams drew 1-1 in the quarterfinals but the Chipolopolo winning 4-3 on penalties.
Zambia’s dominance continued in 2002 in a quarter-final clash, winning 3-0 and in 2003 the then Kalusha Bwalya-drilled squad thumped the Mambas 4-2 in the quarterfinal.
In 2007, Zambia bashed Mozambique 3-0 in the semifinal and the Chipolopolo won 2-0 in the semifinal two years later in Harare.
With this rich history, Zambia coach Herve Renard is confident that the Mambas will be defeated.
“This tournament is very important for Zambia. We just have to win it. We have a team to not only beat Mozambique on Sunday but go all the way to win the championship,” said Renard at a pre-match press briefing at Kitwe’s Moba Hotel on Friday.
But Mozambique assistant coach Helder Muianga, who represented coach Joan Chissano, said the Mambas will go into the match against Zambia determined to rewrite history.
“This is a good chance for us to try and rewrite history by beating Zambia. We have never beaten Zambia,” Muianga said.
The last time the teams clashed was in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Nchanga Stadium in Chingola, which Zambia won 3-0.