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Zambia trounce Egypt as Guinea reach semis, World Cup

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Patson Daka scored a brace as Zambia kept their perfect record at the ongoing Total Under 20 Africa Cup with a 3 – 1 bashing of Egypt in the final Group A game played at the Heroes Stadium Saturday afternoon.


And Guinea have joined the hosts in the semifinals after beating Mali 3 – 2 in the other match played at Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.


Three sides where in the hunt for the Group A runners-up spot going into the final group fixtures. Egypt needed to beat Zambia to qualify while both Guinea and Mali needed to win and hope that Zambia prevent Egypt from winning in the other match.

Having started the match on the front foot, skipper Karim ‘Nedved’ Hassan put Egypt in front when he tapped home in the 36th minute to put his team on course for a semi-final place but Zambia had other ideas, Patson Daka levelling the scores four minutes after the restart with an acrobatic effort.

Fashion Sakala put the hosts in front with a 70th minute header before Daka completed his brace at the death with a powerful finish.

In the other match, Guinea came back twice to defeat Mali 3 – 2 to become the second team to reach the semi-finals of the 2017 Total U20 Africa of Nations and in the process joined hosts Zambia in qualifying for the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup to be held in Korea Republic from May 20 to June 11.

Sekou Koita gave Mali an early lead as he found the back of the net in the 3rd minute a lead which lasted until the 49th minute when half time substitute Morlaye Sylla converted a penalty for the equalizer.

Four minutes later Mali restored their lead through Moussa Diakite who also scored from the penalty spot but Guinea equalized almost immediately through Sylla.

Mohamed Aly Camara completed the comeback on 72 minutes when he nodded home following a corner.

The result meant that Guinea moved into second position with 4 points, supplanting Egypt who lost 3-1 to Zambia at the National Heroes Stadium.

Zambia will play their semi-final match against the team that finishes second in Group B at the National Heroes Stadium while Guinea will await the top team from Group A at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

Group B, which contains Senegal (4 points), South Africa (3 points), Cameroon (3 points) and Sudan (1 point) will be decided on Sunday, March 5 with South Africa match up with Sudan at the National Heroes Stadium and, Senegal and Cameroon facing each other at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.


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