Chawapiwa dazzles as Zimbabwe clinch record-breaking Cosafa Cup title
Zambia had no idea what to do with the aptly named Talent Chawapiwa as Zimbabwe clinched the Castle Lager Cosafa Cup for a record fifth time at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium with a 3-1 victory.
The FC Platinum ran the Zambian left defence ragged with burning runs, eye-watering dribbling before he was hacked down late in the second half and unable to carry on.
By then Knox Mutizwa, Chawapiwa and Ocean Mushure had made work of Chipolopolo who came into the tournament also keen on making a fifth title.
It was an impressive win for the Warriors playing their 6th game in two weeks and in the first half it looked like their heads and legs were going as Zambia peppered the Zimbabwe box creating nervous moments for the defenders.
It was against the run of play that Mushure found the head of a running Mutizwa to nod in over Chibwe in goal.
Zambia came back into the mix and finally got the equaliser they deserved with a header on the break.
Coach Sunday Chidzambwa, who has never lost a Cosafa Cup match used the break to earn his pay and the Warriors came charging the second half.
Mushure sent one into the box, Mutizwa connected with the header and it hit the upright before fiinding its way to Chawapiwa. He dropped his shoulder, made his way to the centre of the box and slotted the ball into the net through the crowd.
Chawapiwa then turned provider as he burnt his markers, laid it for an unmarked Mushure whose first time shot ensured the Warriors clinched the title.
And for Chidzambwa who was described by some as deadwood and outdated, it is his third title.