South Africa, Lesotho battle for Cosafa Cup honours

South Africa, Lesotho battle for Cosafa Cup honours
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

by Graeme Jackson

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.

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