Malawi, Zimbabwe play for pride
Pride will be at stake when the Junior Flames of Malawi and the Junior Warriors of Zimbabwe clash in the final Group B game of the ongoing 8th CAF U-17 Championship in Algeria at Dar El Beda.
Both teams are out of contention, after losses in their first two matches and this game presents them a perfect opportunity to at least return home with a point.
The match has been dubbed a “match of equals” but each of them is keen on climaxing their participation at the continental cadet championship on a high note.
After losses in the opening matches, both sides put up convincing performances on the second day but were very little to stop them from tasting defeats at the hands of Burkina Faso and Niger, who have qualified for the last four.
Warriors coach, Lloyd Mtasa was full of praise for his team’s output in their second loss to Niger last Monday, and insists it will serve a great inspiration against debutants Malawi.
“My team has improved and sure we can beat Malawi.”
His Malawian counterpart, John Kaputa has also expressed optimism in his side’s ability to beat the Zimbabweans.
“We played very well against Burkina Faso, and it was unfortunate we lost. We have learnt our mistakes and Zimbabwe can’t escape this time.”
In Zeralda, Burkina Faso will engage Niger in match that will determine the winners of the group.
Both teams have qualified for the semi-finals, and the outcome of the match will determine their opponents at the last four.
The Burkinabe Stallions currently lead the pack having scored more goals than the Young Menas of Niger, who made a historic feat by qualifying for the medal zone on their maiden appearance at the biennial championship.
Burkina Faso vs.Niger Zéralda
Zimbabwe vs. Malawi Dar El Beida
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