Angola, Namibia set up Cosafa Cup final showdown

Angola, Namibia set up Cosafa Cup final showdown
Laurindo Aurelio of Angola celebrates goal with teammates during the 2024 Hollywoodbets COSAFA Mens Championship Semifinal match between Comoros and Angola at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Gqeberha on the 05 July 2024 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jul 06, 2024. 11:00

Angola and Namibia will battle for the Cosafa Cup title after coming through their respective semifinal ties against Comoros and Mozambique respectively.

Friday afternoon saw Angola claim a 2-1 triumph over Comoros in the first semifinal at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

The Palancas Negras surged into a two-goal lead inside the opening quarter thanks to strikes from Manuel Keliano and Depu.

The Coelacanths were able to reduce the deficit late in the game through Ibroihim Djoudja, but his effort proved no more than a consolation.

The second semifinal between Mozambique and Namibia ended 0-0 after 90 minutes and went straight to penalties, with the Brave Warriors winning 4-2 on spot kicks.

Bethuel Muzeu, Charles Hambira, Romeo Kasume and Aprocious Petrus all netted for Namibia, while Mozambique’s Julio Carrelo and Dario Melo were unable to finish their efforts from 12 yards.

The Cosafa Cup will conclude on Sunday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, with the third-place playoff between Comoros and Mozambique kicking off at midday, before the final in the mid afternoon between Angola and Namibia.

Both teams have won the Cosafa Cup before, with the Palancas triumphing in 1999, 2001 and 2004, while the Warriors’ lone title was in 2015.

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