Namibia, Angola through to Cosafa Cup final

Romeo Ngajozikue Kasume of Namibia challenged by Julio Albino Dias Carrelo of Mozambique during the 2024 Hollywoodbets Cosafa Men’s Championship Semifinal match between Mozambique and Namibia at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Gqeberha on the 05 July 2024. BackpagePix

Angola will face Namibia in Sunday’s decider at the Hollywoodbets Cosafa Cup 2024 after both sides completed semifinal victories at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday.

Angola won through to a first final of the regional showpiece competition since 2006 when they defeated Comoros 2-1, and will hope to lift the trophy for the first time since they completed the last of their three victories in 2004.

They made the perfect start against the islanders as Keliano gave them the lead inside three minutes, before Depu took his tally of goals in the competition to four midway through the first half.

Comoros pulled a goal back late on when their all-time Cosafa Cup top scorer Ibroihim Youssouf converted a penalty with seven minutes to go, but it proved not enough.

Comoros had more of the ball possession in the game but were not as clinical as Angola in front of goal. They will still have the chance for a first ever bronze medal at the Cosafa Cup when they take on Mozambique in the third place play-off on Sunday at 12h00 CAT. Comoros’ previous best finish was the quarterfinals in 2019.

Namibia needed the services of goalkeeper Kamaijanda Ndisiro who produced two saves in the shootout to earn the Brave Warriors a 4-2 win over Mozambique following a goalless draw under the lights at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Ndisiro saved penalties from Julio Carrelo and captain Dario Melo to keep the Warriors hopes of clinching only their second Cosafa Cup title after winning it in 2015.

Muzeu Muzeu could have put the game to bed for Namibia in open play from the penalty spot in the 42nd minute but his effort was saved by Armando Doutor in a heart-stopping semi-final.

Both of Sunday’s matches will be played at the iconic Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and entrance will be free with tickets for available at the venue ticket office on a first come, first served basis. – 

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