Malawi Under-17 national football team failed to win a medal at the Africa Union Region Five Games which ended on Sunday in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe after losing 2-1 to Namibia.
The Junior Flames were thrashed 4-0 by Zambia in the semifinals who beat hosts Zimbabwe another emphatic 3-0 in the final.
Malawi’s failure to win at least a medal is not a surprise as they struggled in the group stages having twice came from behind to win and were held to a goalless draw by Swaziland to reach the semifinals.
Zambia confirmed their status as the best side in the men’s football competition at the African Union Sports Commission (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on Sunday when they claimed the gold medal with a 3-0 victory over the host nation in the final.
The Zambians have been the most impressive side in the competition over the last 10 days and now have the tournament win to show for it after a hard-fought final at the Barbourfields Stadium.
Zambia had scored 16 goals in their four matches coming into the final, conceding just one, and although they found the going tougher against a resilient Zimbabwe side, pulled through with a fine second half performance.
After a goalless first half in which both goalkeepers had work to do, Zambia sieve the initiative after the break when Patrick Ngoma, one of the stars of the tournament, netted seven minutes into the second period.
Ngoma, who got a hattrick in the 4-0 semifinal win over Malawi, converted a right wing cross from Chrispin Sakulanda.
And four minutes later it was 2-0 with substitute Harrison Musonda converting a Charles Shezongo cross that this time came from the left.
The game was sealed with 15 minutes remaining when Sakulanda was felled in the box and Solomon Sakala stepped up to convert the penalty.
Zimbabwe can still be proud of their silver medal performance and showed that the future of their football is certainly bright.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :