Miracle Gabeya of Malawi challenged by Jean Pierre Sophie of Mauritius during the 2016 Cosafa Cup match between Mauritius and Malawi at Independence Stadium in Windhoek Namibia on 14 June, 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Thursday Jun 16, 2016. 20:01
Mauritius recorded a convincing 2-0 win over Angola in their last 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup Group B match at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek on Thursday night.
The victory sees the Dodos of Mauritius secure a third spot finish in Group B standings, while Angola's Palancas Negras stay at the bottom of the table.
Luis Dorza handed Mauritius a surprise lead when he netted just a minute into the game as the Dodos stunned Palancas Negras.
In the 13th minute, Pedro Alves pushed forward in search of an equalizer for Palancas Negras, but the Dodos did well to stop him.
It was soon 2-0 to Mauritius, nine minutes later when Andy Sophie hit the back of the net with a thunderous long range shot.
Ten minutes before the half-time break, Sophie nearly grabbed his brace, but this time Angola shot-stopper Eduardo Joaoa Bunga produced a good save.
Angola's Joao Gomes nearly leveled matters for his side seven minutes into the second-half, but Jean-Louis made another decent save.
Dodos head coach Joe Tshupula decided to make his first change introducing Lurther Rose for Jean in the 57th minute.
Joaquim Balanga came close to netting fourteen minutes later, but the Palancas Negras star's header narrowly missed the target.
With nine minutes left on the clock, the match referee sent off Angola's Carlos do Carmo and a minute later, he also red-carded Mauritius star Sophie.
In the end, Mauritius walked away 2-0 winners after containing Angola in the dying minutes of the Group B encounter.
Mauritius (2) 2 (Dorza 1', Sophie 24')
Angola (0) 0
Mauritius: Jean-Louis, Dorza, Balisson, Permal, Rasolofonirina, Bru (Chan-Yu-Tin 80'), Langue (Rose 57'), Bell, Sophie, Chiffone, Rungassamy
Angola: Bunga, Alves, Balanga, Mudile, Do Carmo, Oliveira, Da Luz, Pedro (Jonata 37'), Da Silva (Gaspar 65'), Catraio, Nguendelamba (Felix 84')