28 July 2018– The South African U17 Men’s National Team (Amajimbos) will face Angola in the final of the 2018 COSAFA U-17 Championships currently underway in Mauritius.
South Africa has won this tournament two times, while Angola will be looking for their first ever trophy in the competition.
The clash will take place on Sunday, 29 July 2018 at the Stade St Francois Xavier in Port Louis.
Kickoff is at 13h00 South African time.
The winner will qualify for the African Under-17 Championships set for next year in Tanzania.
In the 3rd/4thplace play off, hosts Mauritius will take on Namibia.
The battle for bronze will be played at 09h00, also at the same venue.
Both Amajimbos and Angola were comfortable winners in their semifinals on Friday, 27 July, 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 on when Mauritian defender Yohan Dupre put the ball into his own net.
Sphiwe Nkabinde forced an excellent save from home goalkeeper Michel, before Nare found the opener with a neat finish that was 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 the break.
The win was secured in the first minute of injury-time at the end of the game 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 scoresheet, 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 finish third.
South Africa 2(Motlhalosi Nare, Yohan Dupre og) Mauritius 0
Namibia 0 Angola 7(Osvaldo Capemba 3, Gaspar Morais 2, Zito Luvumbo, Abdoul Barri)
Mauritius vs Namibia
09h00 SA Time
Stade St Francois Xavier
South Africa vs Angola
13h00 SA Time
Stade St Francois Xavier
Matches Played: 20
Goals scored: 65
Biggest victory:Namibia 0 Angola 7 (Semifinals, July 27)
Most goals in a game:11 – Namibia 8 Seychelles 3 (Group A, July 19)
5 goals – Prins Tjiueza (Namibia)
3 –Osvaldo Capemba (Angola), Tyrin George (Namibia), Zito Luvumbo (Angola)
2 –David Aristide (Mauritius), Abdoul Barri (Angola), Pablo Bechardas (Mozambique), Thando Buthelezi (South Africa), Oageng Maphorisa (Botswana), Patrick Mwaungulu (Malawi), Motlhalosi Nare (South Africa), Rino Pauline (Seychelles), Bandile Shabangu (Swaziland), Jarrel Suzette (Seychelles)
1–Afandi Aboudou (Seychelles), Domingos Andrade (Angola), Mthokozisi Balakasi (South Africa), John Bonomali (Zimbabwe), Jose Cabingano (Angola), Langelihle Dlamini (Swaziland), Ian Genave (Mauritius), Jean Gentil (Mauritius), Vincent Kalinda (Zambia), Edmar Kamatuka (Namibia), Jeremy Kawoa (Mauritius), Tebogo Kopelang (Botswana), Tapiwa Mandinyenya (Zimbabwe), Tatenda Mbalaka (Malawi), Lovemore Mbeta (Malawi), Emmanuel Mitole (Malawi), Gaspar Morais (Angola), Francis Mtoso (Malawi), Netinho (Angola), Thandolwenkosi Ngwenya (Zimbabwe), David Nzanza (Angola), Louis Philibert (Mauritius), Boitumelo Radiopane (South Africa), Kananelo Rapuleng (Lesotho), Benson Simwanda (Zambia), Bongolwethu Siyasi (South Africa), Gonzales Tsuseb (Namibia), José Zavala (Mozambique)
Own goal –Yohan Dupre (Mauritius), Adrian Hoareau (Seychelles)