Cosafa History Beckons for Mozambique, Namibia

RANK outsiders Mozambique and Namibia will on Saturday contest the final of what has been an enthralling Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup.

The decider between The Mambas and the Brave Warriors, respectively, is slated for the Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa after the two sides knocked out their semifinals opponents in astounding fashion that will always be the hallmark of the 2015 edition.

Both teams, who have never won the regional tournament, netted late winners to settle two tense semifinal matches as eight goals were scored in the two games.

Free-scoring Namibia defeated gutsy Madagascar 3-2 thanks to a winner six minutes from time by Paul Shalulile, whose blushes were spared after he had earlier missed an open goal.

That match was 2-2 at the break as four goals were scored in 14 first half minutes, admittedly largely do you some poor defending.

Benson Shilongo netted a brace for Namibia, first putting them ahead on 18 minutes and then equalising in the 32nd.

The second semifinal on Thursday was an equally exciting affair as Mozambique led twice and eventually won 2-1 over Botswana.

After the teams turned with the score 0-0, the lively Isaac Decarvalho secured Mozambique the lead on 65 minutes.

Botswana hit back through Omaatla Kebatho as he drilled a low equaliser into the net, but just when it seemed as though extra-time was in the offing, The Mambas spewed venom again as substitute Luis Parkim headed home with two minutes remaining to give his side the well-deserved win and a first COSAFA Cup final since 2008.

Meanwhile, Friday sees the completion of the Plate competition when defending Cup champions Zambia take on Malawi at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.

The third-place play-off between Botswana and Madagascar is scheduled for the Moruleng Stadium.

The clash will raise the curtain for the final.

Source : CAJ News Agency