Can Zambia skin the Mambas?


AS ZAMBIA take on Mozambique this evening in the final group match at Wembley Arena at the on-going Futsal AfCON Cup of Nations Championship in Johannesburg, South Africa says it is determined to book a place in the semi-finals of the competition.

Winners and runners-up from each group will qualify for the semi-finals scheduled for April 22.

The 3rd/4th place play off and the final will be played at Ellis Park on April 24.

South Africa Futsal coach Joao Pinto said his charges were determined to book a place in the semi-finals after beating Tunisia at Ellis Park Arena this evening.

Pinto’s charges lost the tournament opener 4-7 to neighbouring Mozambique but bounced back with a 3-0 victory over Zambia on Sunday.

South Africa needed to defeat Tunisia in their final group match to ensure they progress on home turf.

“It is a straight forward shoot-out,” said Pinto.

“We beat Tunisia tomorrow and we will almost be assured of a place in the semis. I am happy that my boys are starting to get to grasp of things.

“We suffered from the stage fright in our opening match on Friday but have worked on those aspects. We are getting better by each encounter.

“Our focus is qualifying for Colombia for the FIFA World Cup. If we continue to score goals, nothing will stop us; we are creating chances and if we convert half of them we should be home and dry,” added Pinto, who appealed to the public to support his charges.

“I know Futsal is a relatively new sport in this country but it will grow.”-Sports Reporter/SAFA Media

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