Brazil’s Osasco Audax met Lusaka Academy of Zambia in the 2016 Premier Section Globe Final.
Lusaka started the brighter, with Joseph Ndawa having three early chances to open the scoring, but failed to test Lopes in the Brazilian goal. Osasco opened the scoring against the run of play, converting their very first opportunity. Following some impressive team passing, Fabinho found himself in space on the edge of the area and struck a lovely floating shot over the keeper.
And the Brazilians were in a clinical mood, doubling their advantage just moments later. A well executed cross into the box found Fabinho, who chested it into the path of Fabio for a simple finish. Sabinho added Osasco’s third just before the half-time whistle, drilling a fine finish low across the goalkeeper.
The second half started with Lusaka pushing for a goal to get them back into the game, but they couldn’t find a way through a well organised Brazilian defence. Osasco seemed content to contain their opponents and maintain their three goal cushion whilst looking for opportunities on the counter attack.
Lusaka’s Norris Angel Mwamba showed some fine skill midway through the second half, beating several men but he was stopped in his tracks just as he was about to let a shot fly. There was plenty of commitment and skill on display from both sides, but no further chances as Osasco deservedly picked up the 2016 Premier Section Globe. The highlight of the fixture however was the sportmanship and professionalism shown by the two sides following the final whistle, with the Zambians forming a guard of honour and applauding Osasco as they went to collect their medals.