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RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, Its the Battle of the Zambezi again when neighbours Zambia and Zimbabwe face off against each other in the final of the 2017 Cosafa Cup here Sunday after they came through Wednesday's semi-finals.

Zambia came from behind to notch a 4-2 victory over Tanzania at the Moruleng Stadium, about 60 kilometres from Rustenburg in South Africa's North West Province, where the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) is holding its sub-regional soccer tournament. In the other semi-final tie, Zimbabwe defeated Lesotho 4-3.

Zambia and Zimbabwe have won the competition four times apiece. Zambia won the Cup in 1997, 1998, 2006 and 2013, while Zimbabwe were winners in 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2009.

Zambia beat Zimbabwe 2-0 in 2013 to win the last Battle of the Zambezi

On Wednesday, Tanzania's Taifa Stars took an early lead in the 15th minute when midfielder Erasto Nyoni converted from a free kick but the Chipolopolo recovered, equalizing through Brian Mwila in the 44th minute before Justin Shonga added a second a minute later to take a 2-1 lead at the break.

A hand ball inside the box by Taifa Stars defender Gadiel Kamagi led to a penalty which was converted by Jack Chirwa in the 56th minute and Shonga bagged his brace on 67 minutes, when he converted a brilliant free kick as the Chipolopolo made the most of their chances.

The Taifa Stars pulled a goal back six minutes from time when Himid Mao's free kick ricocheted off the crossbar and Simon Msuva collected the rebound to fire his deflected effort past Allan Chibwe.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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