2018 COSAFA Mens' U-17: Hosts Mauritius complete semi-final line-up

Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Hosts Mauritius on Wednesday completed the 2018 COSAFA Under-17 Championship semifinal line-up after Malawi failed to get margin of victory they needed to end their Group C campaign as the best runner-up in the group.

The Mauritians join South Africa, Angola and Namibia in the elite group of four qualifiers.

In their Day 3 match on Wednesday, Malawi defeated Swaziland 1-0 to finish second in their pool with six points and a goal-difference of +5.

That is the same as Mauritius in Group A, but while Malawi scored six goals in their three matches, the islanders netted seven and so advanced on goals-scored to meet Group B winners South Africa in Friday’s semifinals.

It was heartbreak for the Young Flames, which had finished third in the last two competitions and now see their hopes of qualifying for the 2019 African Under-17 Championships dashed.

Only the winner of the COSAFA competition will take their place in Tanzania next year, which in turn serves as a qualifier for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Peru later in the year.

Malawi grabbed their goal through Lovemore Mbeta, but then had to withstand some heavy pressure from Swaziland to claim the win.

Swaziland hit the post through Kendrik Maseko and also forced Malawi goalkeeper Kennedy Nankhaima into a number of fine saves.

The Young Flames could not find the extra strike they needed and so bow out with their heads held high, but short of the semifinals.

Group C winners Angola made it three wins from three as they defeated Zimbabwe 2-1 to inflict a third successive defeat on the Young Warriors.

David Nzanza and Abdoul Barri had Angola 2-0 up, but Zimbabwe were brought back into the game by a strike from Tapiwa Mandinyenya.

The semifinal line-up sees South Africa take on Mauritius at the Stade St Francois Xavier at on Friday, with the latter seeking to feature in a second successive final. It is a repeat of last year’s semifinal that was won 2-0 by Mauritius.

Namibia will then take on Angola at the same venue in the second semifinal.

Namibia were the 2016 winners, but Angola have had the best record in the pool stages as the only side to win all three of their matches.

Wednesday's results in Group C
Swaziland 0 Malawi 1
Zimbabwe 1 Angola 2

Following the completion of Day 3 matches in all the groups, here are the final standings -

Group A          P         W        D           L          GF    GA      Pts
Namibia (Q)    3          2          0          1          10       4          6
Mauritius (Q) 3          2          0          1           7        2           6
Botswana      3          2          0           1          3         3           6
Seychelles    3          0          0          3          5          16         0
Nore - Namibia and hosts Mauritius qualify for semi-finals. Botswana and Seychelles knocked out.

Group B                P          W        D         L          GF       GA       Pts
South Africa (Q)   3          2          1          0          6          2          7
Zambia                  3           1          1          1          2          2          4
Mozambique        3           1          1          1          3          5          4
Lesotho                 3           0          1          2          1          3          1
Note - South Africa through to semis as defending champions, Zambia, Mozambique and Lesotho go home.

Group C        P          W        D         L          GF       GA       Pts
Angola (Q)     3          3          0          0          7          1          9
Malawi            3          2          0          1          6          1          6
Swaziland      3          1          0          2          3          7          3
Zimbabwe      3          0          0          3          3          10        0
Note - Angola qualify for semi-finals, as Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe exit from the championship

Here are semi-final fixtures on Friday -
South Africa vs Mauritius
Namibia vs Angola
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25 july 2018 19:25:51

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