Zambia Under-17 coach Mumamba Numba says his team’s momentum heading into the 2017 COSAFA U17 Cup semifinals has not been hit by their final Group B loss to Mozambique.

Mozambique ended Zambia’s 100 percent start at the competition on Tuesday when they beat Numba’s side 1-0.

The result was inconsequential as Zambia already through to the semifinals after winning their opening two games and Numba fielded his second string side for the formality match.

“I don’t think that will affect our momentum. It is just that we were trying to give a chances to a few players. We shall field our strongest team in our next game,” numba said.

“We needed to give everyone a chance so that we see where we are in terms of readiness.

“I think from what I have seen, they are a lot of areas we need to work on especially those that played against Mozambique, they have a lot of work to do.”

Zambia head into the semifinals on July 29 awaiting the outcome from Group A where Malawi and hosts Mauritius who are tied on 6 points meet on Wednesday in a battle for first and second place.

Zambia finished second in Group B, tied on 10 points with South Africa who finished top on goal difference.