Zambia international Goalkeeper, Sebastian Mwange, was voted the best goal minder at the just ended 2019 COSAFA tournament held in Durban, South Africa where he helped the Chipolopolo win their 5th title.
The Green Eagles goalkeeper who made his international debut just six days ago at the same tournament, only conceded two goals and recorded two clean sheets as well as winning two penalty shootouts.
Mwange grew in confidence following his shaky debut against Malawi in the quarterfinals in which he allowed two goals in a 2-2 draw on June 5th 2019 and a number of fans quickly lost their interest in him with the majority wanting him to be benched in the remaining games but the coach Aggrey Chiyangi kept his faith in him.
On June 5th 2019 in the semifinals, Sebastian won his second Chipolopolo cap against the tournament favourites Zimbabwe and proved to be a hard wall to beat as he recorded important saves which forced the game to go the penalties and convincingly saved Zimbabwe’s first sport kick taken by Karma Billiat sending shivers to the next taker who ballooned over the bar and saw Zambia win 4-2.
On 8th June 2019, his heroics in the finals saw the confident Botswana failing to beat him and a 78th minute goal by his club mate Tapson Kaseba saw Zambia lift the COSAFA for the first time since 2013 when they last won it on home soil in Ndola.
Sebastian’s next continental assignment is the CAF Champions League with his team Green Eagles coached by the COSAFA winning coach Aggrey Chiyangi together with the title winning goalscorer Tapson Kaseba who won the man of the match award in the final.