ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka
ZAMBIA 7 MADAGASCAR 1
ZAMBIA yesterday demolished Madagascar in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Under-17 Championship Group B match at St François Xavier Stadium in Port Louis, Mauritius.
Midfielder Lameck Banda and forward Martin Njovu scored a hat-trick apiece while defender Kingsley Hakwiya contributed the other goal.
Zambia lead the group with three points at par with South Africa but the former have a healthier goal aggregate. South Africa crushed Mozambique 3-1 in an early kick-off.
The junior Chipolopolo dominated play from the start and opened the floodgates in the ninth minute when Banda scored after benefiting from a Njovu pass.
Zambia doubled the lead on 19 minutes through Njovu.
Banda made it 3-0 in the 25th minute after connecting Andrew Phiri’s free-kick.
Hakwiya netted the fourth goal as Zambia pinned the Islanders.
Banda found the net in the 37th minute and, five minutes later, Njovu made it 6-0.
Njovu completed the day’s work with a 74th minute strike.
Madagascar got a consolation on 79 minutes through Rafizy Todisoa.
Zambia face South Africa tomorrow and Mozambique on Tuesday.
The top-two teams from the two groups will qualify to the semi-finals.
Group A has Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe and hosts Mauritius.