9 June 2018– An early goal from Lesotho strikerMasoabi Nkoto handed his side a 1-0 victory over Madagascar and a first ever bronze medal for the Crocodiles in the 2018 COSAFA Cup at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Friday, 8 June 2018.
South Africa had earlier claimed the Plate competition with a more comprehensive 3-0 win over Botswana in the final of that section.
Lesotho had previously won silver in the COSAFA Cup when they lost the 2000 final to Zimbabwe, but apart from that this has been the best regional showpiece competition for coach Moses Maliehe’s side as they finished third.
For Madagascar it was a sixth fixture in 13 days and they battled to hit the heights of previously in the tournament but did have chances to get something from the game.
Lesotho hit the front after an early period of pressure as Masoabi Nkoto rifled the ball into the roof of the net from close-range as Madagascar hesitated in clearing the ball.
The first half saw few chances, with the best for Madagascar falling to Rabeson Fetraniaina as he got a clear sight of goal but put his low shot wide with Lesotho goalkeeper Likano Mphuthi struggling.
Jaotombo Bourahim was presented with a shooting chance early in the second period, but his low effort was straight at the keeper, and he later fired wide when well-placed.
At the other end, Lesotho midfielder Hlompho Kalake flashed a vicious shot inches wide, and Litsepe Marabe was denied with a good stop by Malagasy goalkeeper Jean Dieu Randrianasolo.
Lesotho were able to close out the final minutes and ensure that they went through their three games in the 2018 COSAFA Cup without conceding a goal.
Hosts South Africa wrapped up the Plate final with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Botswana – with goals from Motjeka Madisha, Man of the Match Maphosa Modiba and Lebohang Maboe in the 39th, 78thand 89thminutes respectively.
A sixth game in 12 days was always going to be a tough ask for The Zebras and so it proved as South Africa dominated the game.
The curtain falls down on the tournament on Saturday, 9 June when Zambia take on Zimbabwe in the final for the fourth time in the last six COSAFA Cups.
That included the final last year when Zimbabwe romped to a 3-1 success in Phokeng to lift a record fifth COSAFA Cup title.
They are both chasing the R500,000 first prize, while the runners-up will receive R250,000.
Lesotho claimed R150,000 for finishing third, while Madagascar took R125,000 for their fourth-place.
South Africa picked up R100,000 for winning the Plate competition, which represents fifth place,
South Africa (1) 3 (Motjeka Madisha 39’, Aubrey Modiba 78’, Lebohang Maboe 89’)
Cup Third-Place Play-Off
Lesotho (1) 1(Masoabi Nkoto 10’)
Zambia vs Zimbabwe (KO 15h00) – New Peter Mokaba Stadium
Matches Played: 22
Goals scored: 42
Biggest victory: Botswana 6 Mauritius 0 (Group B, June 1)
Most goals in a game: 6 – Botswana 6 Mauritius 0 (Group B, June 1)
5 goals – Onkabetse Makgantai (Botswana)
4 goals –Luis Miquissone (Mozambique)
3 goals –Kabelo Seakanyeng (Botswana), Lebohang Maboe (South Africa)
2 goals – Joatombo Bourahim (Madagascar), Jeitoso (Mozambique), Aubrey Modiba (South Africa)
1 goal –Kaporal (Angola), Mohamed M’changama (Comoros Islands), Andriamirado Andrianarimanana, Tokifandresena Andriamanjato (both Madagascar), Precious Sambani (Malawi), Damien Balisson (Mauritius), Leeroy Coralie, Eric Miellie, Elijah Tamboo (all Seychelles), Karabo Phiri, Thatayaone Kgamanyane, Tshepo Maikano, Gape Mohutsiwa (all Botswana), Motebang Sera, Masoabi Nkoto (both Lesotho), Evans Rusike (Zimbabwe), Motjeka Madisha, Siyanda Xulu (both South Africa), Deon Hotto (Namibia), Lazarous Kambole (Zambia)
1 own goal –Emmanuel Vincent (Mauritius v Angola)
For further information please contact:
Technical : Sue Destombes / Sec Gen COSAFA
+27 82 9000 648
All other info : Lynda Greeff
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