Zimbabwe were crowned 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup champions as they saw off Zambia 3-1 in the final on Sunday, 09 July 2017.
Knox Mutizwa, Talent Chawapiwa and Ocean Mushure all scored in a convincing victory for the Warriors, who took the trophy despite a rigorous schedule that saw them having to play six matches in 14 days and scoring an impressive 19 goals in the process.
The Warriors were gifted the opening goal after 22 minutes as the goalkeeper failed to collect Honest Moyo’s delivery, with Knox Mutizwa taking full advantage to fire the ball into the back of the empty net.
The Zambians were determined to get themselves back into the game and managed to do just that six minutes before half-time as Lubinda Mundia, on as a substitute only a matter of seconds, headed home the equaliser.
However, the second-half would belong entirely to Zimbabwe, who restored their lead 12 minutes after the restart as Talent Chawapiwa fired home on the rebound after Mutizwa’s initial strike had cannoned back off the woodwork.
Zimbabwe now lead in COSAFA Castle Cup titles with five, one more than Zambia and South Africa. Zimbabwe collect R500,000 as winners of the competition, while Zambia take home R250,000. Tanzania finished third at this year’s tournament, while hosts South Africa picked up the Plate trophy.