Angola Crowned 2018 Under-17 COSAFA Cup Champions


JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s Under-17 National football team(Amajimbos) battled it out with Angola for the COSAFA Championship Sunday at the Stade St Francois Xavier in Port Louis, Mauritius.

A 1-0 victory with a goal by Osvaldo Capemba the only goal of the game in a match that had few clear-cut chances for either side, with Angola to now represent the region at the 2019 African Under-17 Championships in Tanzania.

Capemba netted the winner inside the opening five minutes, after which Angola controlled the play with their disciplined defending and excellent organisation.

The new champions would want to take their win further as to qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Peru in what will be their fourth appearance at the continental showpiece event.

Namibia had to settle for bronze as they after a 2-1 success over hosts Mauritius in the third-fourth play-off earlier in the day as they add to the gold they won in 2016.

The Under-17 competition that had 12 teams in the field for the first time ever, and was staged in association with the Confederation of African Football and the UEFA Assist programme.

The next regional tournament will be the COSAFA Women’s Championship that will be staged in South Africa from August 26-September 6.