Luvuyo Mkatshana of South Africa (l) celebrates goal with teammate Sbusiso Mabiliso of South Africa (r) during the 2017 COSAFA U20 semi-final football match between South Africa and Egypt at Arthur Davies Stadium, Kitwe on 14 December 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Friday Dec 15, 2017. 12:30
South Africa and Lesotho will battle for the right to be crowned 2017 U-20 Cosafa Cup champions when they meet in the final on Saturday at Nkana Stadium, kick-off at 14h00 CAT.
South Africa have earned their place in the championship match by topping their group before defeating Egypt 1-0 in a tempestuous semifinal on Thursday.
Amajita had defender Lehlogonolo Matlou sent off against the young Pharaohs, but an earlier goal from Luvuyo Mkatshana - who has now netted three times in the tournament - secured the victory.
Lesotho, meanwhile, topped Group C by the slimmest of margins and then edged Uganda in the semifinals, beating the guest side on post-match penalties after their showdown ended in a goalless stalemate.
This will be a third final appearance for the young Likuena, who were runners-up in 1990 and 2005, while Amajita are five-time champions and looking to join Zimbabwe on six trophies.
The final will be preceded by the third-place playoff between Uganda and Egypt at the same venue, with kick-off at 10h30 CAT.