2018 COSAFA Men's U-17: South Africa, Angola book Championship final berths

Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - South Africa and Angola will do battle in Sunday’s final of the 2018 COSAFA Under-17 Championship and seek a qualification place in the African Under-17 Championships set for next year in Tanzania.

The pair were comfortable winners in their semifinals on Friday, with South Africa disposing of hosts Mauritius 2-0 and Angola putting in an excellent second-half display to rout Namibia 7-0, the biggest victory of the tournament to date.

Motlhalosi Nare netted a fine opener for South Africa before the win was sealed late when Mauritian defender Yohan Dupre put the ball into his own net.

Although they did have to soak up periods of pressure, it was a deserved victory for the South Africans as they created the better clear-cut chances.

Sphiwe Nkabinde forced an excellent save from home goalkeeper Michel, before Nare found the opener with a neat finish, his second goal of the tournament.

Nkabinde then struck the crossbar with a thunderous drive as Amajimbos pushed for a second, but the score remained 1-0 at half time.

Mauritius had a spell of pressure in the final 15 minutes as they sought the equaliser, but South Africa goalkeeper Bontle Molefe kept them at bay.

The win was secured in the first minute of injury-time when the unlucky Dupre turned the ball into his own net from Nare’s cross.

Angola were held goalless in the first half of their semifinal, though they may wonder how with Osvaldo Capemba missing a number of good chances.

He made amends in the second period with a hat-trick though, one from the penalty spot as the Angolans ran riot.

Gaspar Morais also got his name on the score sheet, while Zito Luvumbo added a fifth for what was his third goal of the competition.

The Young Palancas Negras were not finished though as Morais added his second and Abdoul Barri provided the cherry on top with a seventh.

Mauritius and Namibia will now have to pick themselves up for Sunday’s third-place play-off to see who will claim the bronze medal.

Namibia were winners of the competition in 2016, while Mauritius finished runners-up last year.

Friday's results -
South Africa 2 Mauritius 0
Namibia 0 Angola 7

Sunday's fixtures
Third-Place Play-Off
Mauritius vs Namibia

South Africa vs Angola
-0- PANA VAO 27July2018

27 july 2018 18:37:55

xhtml CSS