Musona's hattrick sinks Amajita

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Musona scored with his first touch, seconds after coming on, and rounded off an amazing individual display with two further goals late in the game.

The game got off to a flier and as early as the first minute Aupa Manyisa’s long range effort sailed just wide of the posts with visiting goalkeeper, Noel Soko, well beaten.

At the other end, in the eight minute, Thabani Kamusoko almost punished inept defending by the hosts but his sent his effort skyward.

The Zimbabweans thought they had found an opener in the 10th minute when Darryl Nyandoro’s free kick just outside the box sailed over the wall and went in via the post, only for the referee to rule out the otherwise expertly taken effort on the grounds that it was not a direct foul.

The hosts continued piling on the pressure with wasteful striker Dominic Mateba wasting good work on several occasions.

The lanky striker was at his worst later when he missed in front of an empty net after a precise Manyisa pass.

As the hosts bombarded the opposition relentlessly, Thulani Serero almost opened the scoring but his speculative dipping effort was cleared off the line for a corner. Michael Nkambule’s effort from the resultant set piece did not trouble the alert Nico.

The Zimbabweans began piling on the pressure towards the end of the first half.

In the 44th minute, Nkambule cleared Darryl Nyandoro’spowerful header from the goalline while Guide Goddard’s effort soon after crashed against the upright with the Amajita defence in disarray.

Eleven minutes into the second stanza, the slippery Nyandoro’s ferocious shot from the edge of the penalty area hit the crossbar Amajita’s suspect defence however had to give.

In the 59th minute the post again came to the South Africans’ rescue but this time a resultant rebound found substitute Musona who had been on the field for a minute, in the box and he finished off with a low, first touch shot.

Musona was back to haunt the hosts again in the 75th minute when his seemingly tame shot went past a badly positioned Mabokgwane with the Amajita defence again at sea.

The South Africans pressed forward in a bid to come back from the dead, but they left themselves exposed at the back and Musona was there to punished them once more as he outran two defenders and slotted past a hapless Mabokgwane to notch an amazing hattrick in the 86th minute.

Musona almost grabbed a fourth goal in stoppage time when he caught Amajita defence flatfooted for the umpteenth time, but his shot struck the upright.

Earlier in the day, Madagascar scooped the bronze medal after beating Namibia 2-1 in the third place playoffs.