Nelson Da Luz of Angola challenged by Himid Mkami of Tanzania during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Angola and Tanzania at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 27 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Thursday Jun 29, 2017. 19:19
The 2017 Cosafa Cup final Group A match between Malawi and Angola failed to produce a winner, as they played to a 0-0 draw at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Wednesday.
In the wake of the draw, the Angolans finish their campaign at number two in the group, with five points from three matches.
The Flames started like a house on fire as they used their pace to trouble the Angolan defence, but their appeal for a penalty in the second minute fell on deaf ears.
Just after the 11th minute, the Malawians tried to test Angolan goalkeeper Neblu from a distance, but Chikoti Chirwa's long range shot sailed wide.
Job nearly came close to finding an opening goal in the 28th minute for Angola as he received a wonderful cross from the right, but was denied by keeper Ernest Khakhobwe on the far post.
Just before the 40th minute, the Palancas Negras continued to put pressure as they probed for an opening goal, but Va saw his diving header going inches wide from the left post.
Despite Beto Bianchi's men pushing to bag the leading goal, their efforts failed to reap the rewards as it was 0-0 at half time.
However, it was Ronny van Geneugden's men who nearly scored in the 53rd minute when Angola failed to clear a corner and Peter Cholopi's free header went over the crossbar.
After the 65th minute, the Angolans caused all sorts of troubles for Malawi and Va was disappointed as he beat his marker before being denied by keeper Khakhobwe from close range.
Although he was on a holiday in the second half, Neblu was called action in the 76th minute as he produced a fine save to punch away a well struck shot by Dalisto Sailesi.
The last 10 minutes saw Khakhobwe denying the Palancas Negras on a number of occasions, as the score remained goalless after 90 minutes.
Angola: Neblu, To Carneiro, Carilinhos, Masunguna, Va, Mira, Bugos, Nelson (Paty 65'), Herenilson, Nari, Job
Malawi: Kakhobwe, Sanudi, Mulimbika, Chembezi, Chirwa, Chester, Bokosi (Katinji 46'), Sailesi, Cholopi, Linje, Maganizo