Zambia has defeated visiting Mozambique, 4-2, to advance to the semifinals of the COSAFA Castle Cup soccer tournament.
"The Chipolopolo" of Zambia twice rallied against "The Mambas" of Mozambique in Lusaka to reach the final four of the southern African regional tourney.
Helton Cunha put Mozambique up, 1-0, with a goal just before halftime. Early in the second half, Noel Mwandila scored the equalizer for Zambia. But captain Tico Tico gave "The Mambas" the advantage again, scoring on a header to give Mozambique a 2-1 lead. But another goal by Mwandila, one from Harry Milanzi, and a final score by Collins Mbesema, and the Zambians were ready to party.
The Zambians are two-time Castle Cup champions, having won the first two editions of the tournament in 1997 and 1998. They will next travel to Blantyre to play host Malawi August 16th. The other Castle Cup semifinal next month features Zimbabwe against visiting Swaziland.
It was a morale-boosting victory for the Zambians, who were eliminated by Benin earlier in July in an African Cup of Nations qualifier.