Zone 6 youth games results

The Young Warriors, who won a silver medal in the last edition of the Games in Maputo two years ago, carried the honours through a first half strike from forward Jacob Muzokomba.

The Zimbabwean soccer team, who are in the same group with Angola, Zambia and Botswana, outclassed Mozambique with a brilliant display.

Muzokomba found the target in the 35th minute when he lashed the ball past Mozambican goalkeeper Idrisse Ibode after being set up by midfielder Darryl Nyandoro.

Namibia also turned the tide in an exciting 1-0 victory over South Africa 1-0 .Namibia, have Lesotho and Swazilnad in their Group B where the top team will progress to the semi finals.

Botswana gave Zimbabwe a short-lived joy by defeating them 2-1 in a group where Zambia and Mozambique’s chances of progressing to the next round appeared to be fading. Zambia played a one-all stalemate with Angola.

A missed second half penalty proved costly for Zimbabwe after defender Jimmy Zhuwawo missed a 65th minute spot kick in a pulsating encounter with the teams tied 1-all.

Zimbabwe striker Ali Sadiki failed to convert a penalty while Botswana striker Thaele Monageng scored the winner with a swerving free kick in the 65th minute.

Zimbabwe took the lead in the 10th minute through striker defender William Mapfumo who prodded the ball home in a goalmouth melee. But Botswana drew level two minutes later when Jacky Motlahatlhego headed the ball past goalkeeper Ronald Mudimu after meeting a cross on the left from Sebina Tebogo.

Botswana camped inside the Young Warriors territory for the better part of the second half with Monageng and Kaone giving the Zimbabwean backline a torrid time.

Tebogo missed with five minutes remaining when he had the goalkeeper to beat while Sadiki came close with the Young Warriors last attack of the game in injury time.



NETBALL

The Namibian women’s soccer team went down 0-2 to Zambia on the opening day of the Games.

However, the Namibia netball team defeated Lesotho by 37-16 in their opening match at the Katutura Youth Complex.

Namibia started the match with great passes that saw goal-shooter Muwa Tjipetekera and team-mate Jatjinda Kambatuku netting 11 goals in the first quarter compared to Lesotho’s three goals.

Controlling matters in the middle of the court was pint-sized centre Humbuhumbu Hengua, whose passes were outstanding.

At the start of the second quarter, Namibia started to lose their rhythm but that did not give Lesotho the necessary push to equalize in the second stanza.



Favourites and defending champions South Africa downed Botswana by 42-30 in netball.

Namibia is in Pool A with Angola, Lesotho and Zambia while Pool B consists of Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The Botswana netball team tightened their screws when they ousted Swaziland by 50-34.

Botswana, who lost their opening match against defending champions South Africa by 42-30, had their attacking force playing all over the Swazi defence.

Botswana’s goal-shooter, Bothale Moeng and goal-attack Mogomotsi Banda secured 11 goals for their team in the first quarter while Swaziland only managed four goals.

The Batswana attacking force would not have such impact without the brilliant center Elsa Rankhudu, who distributed excellent passes.

They extended the tally to 35-25 at the end of the third quarter and their determination showed more in the last stanza when they went on to beat their opponents by 50-34 at the last whistle.

Angola’s dismal performance caused them dearly when they went down to Lesotho by 56-10.

Namibia on the other court, registered their second victory when they defeated Zambia by 44-31.

BasketBall’Angola Untouchable

Defending champions Angola registered the highest score in men’s basketball in the history of the Zone Six Games.

Angola recorded 157 points against Botswana’s 50 .At half time, Angola was leading by 83 points to Botswana’s 24.

The Angolans were just too strong for the Batswana who fought back tooth and nail but all in vain. The Botswana’s inexperience showed as they missed valuable opportunities under the basket.

The Angolans slam dunked a number of times and registered numerous three-pointers during the encounter. Basketball is second to soccer in Angola and their senior national team won the 2005 African Championships in Algeria. The Angolan women beat Zambia 100-31 and registered another victory when they downed Lesotho 86-36.





In another exciting encounter Mozambique, runners-up in 2004, misjudged Zambia as walk-overs.

The Zambians took the lead early in the game and maintained it until shortly before half time when Mozambique took over…

Zambia ended position 9 at the last Zone Six games but this time, it needed the last 40 seconds of the game for Mozambique to make it 80-80 through a free throw.

The game was tense and Zambia had the support of most of the crowd in the packed gymnasium, urging them on to defend their lead. With one second left on the clock, Zambia managed to down one more basket from a free throw, to record 83 points to Mozambique’s 80 when they bell rang for full time.

In other matches played, Namibia’s women’s team beat Botswana 72-37, while Mozambique’s women crushed Zimbabwe 109-29.

Botswana’s women went down to Zimbabwe by 37-120 while hosts Namibia lost to Lesotho 65-81.




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