Zambia, South Africa settle for 0-0 draw in U23 AFCON

Ahram Online , Saturday 9 Nov 2019

Both sides squandered goal-scoring chances in the first half to settle for a goalless draw in their opening game at the U23 African Cup of Nations

Zambia's Lameck Banda in action with South Africa's Athenkosi Dlala (Photo: Reuters)

Zambia and South Africa kicked off their U23 African Cup of Nations campaign with a 0-0 draw in Cairo on Saturday in which both sides were guilty of missing some easy opportunities.

Both sides had their fair share of chances in an end-to-end first half, with their wastefulness letting them down.

South Africa's best chance fell to Happy Mashiane after 26 minutes when his free header missed the target.

Zambia spurned a glorious chance immediately after Mashiane's miss, with Lameck Banda firing high over with the goal gaping after a Biston Banda was spilled into his path.

In stark contrast to an enterprising first half, the second period was a bore affair, with neither side creating much.

Zambia and South Africa have one point each, with Cote d'Ivoire topping Group B with three points following their 1-0 win over Nigeria earlier in the day.

The top three in the tournament will qualify for next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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