Zimbabwe qualified for the semi-finals of the 2018 COSAFA Youth Championship underway in Zambia as Group C winners despite a 4-1 loss to Angola in the final group match on 9 December.
The Young Warriors won their first two matches against Botswana [2-1] and Lesotho [4-0] to secure a place in the last four with a match to spare.
A showdown with hosts Zambia who qualified as Group A winners awaits the Bekithemba Ndlovu coached side on 11 December at 1530 hours.
Progression to the last four marked an improvement from last year’s group stage exit where the team only managed to score a single goal.
This time around they have scored seven times in three matches. Delic Murimba failed to score in 2017 but has already scored three times in two matches. The Triangle forward is currently among the tournament’s four top net busters.
Other players on three goals are Daniel Liberal (Angola), Lyle Foster (South Africa), and Prince Mumba (Zambia)
Zimbabwe’s semi-final opponents have scored five times, only conceding once and they are yet to lose.
Holders South Africa won both their matches in Group B which had only three teams following Namibia’s withdrawal at the 11th hour.
The reigning champions will face Angola who qualified as the best placed runners-up in the first semi-final on 11 December at 1300 hours.