COSAFA nations in friendly action over the weekend

A few COSAFA nations were involved in international friendly matches over the weekend, including Zambia, who were beaten 3-1 by powerhouse Senegal on Saturday night.

Zambia rose from a horror first half, in wehich they trailed 3-0 at the break, to salvage some pride and ‘won’ the second period thanks to a goal from Dominic Chanda.

Senegal had a fast start and scored their goals through a penalty from Sadio Mane, Krepin Diatta and Ismaila Sarr.

Zambia will take on Benin on Tuesday, before they complete a busy schedule with a clash against Sudan on Friday.

Southern African rivals Lesotho and Eswatini faced-off and it was the latter who ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from Sifiso Matse.

“We were still trying to establish ourselves in marking, of which the lads are responding very well.  Now we have to work on our finishing as we created a lot of scoring opportunities which we were unable to utilise,” Eswatini coach Dominic Kunene said.

Both teams will see the match as welcome preparation ahead of the COSAFA Cup, that is scheduled to be played next month from July 7-18.

Other COSAFA nations in action this week include South Africa, who will host Uganda on Thursday, and Malawi, who are scheduled to meet Tanzania on Sunday.