The Zambia national women’s under-20 soccer team has beaten Zimbabwe 2-nil to win gold at the Zone Six Under-20 Youth Games.
Two first half goals in the 11th and 17th minute from enterprising striker Hellen Mubanga were enough to strip Zimbabwe of the title, who were the defending champions having won the title at the Swaziland games in 2010.
Mubanga was instrumental in Zambia’s success, scoring a total of four goals in three games to lead the Shepolopolo girls to its first major international trophy.
Enroute to the finals, Zambia lost their first two games against South Africa and Zimbabwe, but recovered with revenge wins against South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
Winning coach Albert Kachinga as described the win as a big achievement.
Meanwhile, the junior under 17 male chipolopolo settled for silver of the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa Zone VI games football competition after they were defeated 2-1 by South Africa in the final played at Nkoloma Stadium on Sunday.
Zambia scored early through a headed goal by Chibuye Mulilo but the South Africans came back stronger after the break to score two goals within a space of five minutes through Fagrie Lakay and Kabelo Seriba in the 57th and 62nd minutes respectively.