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Flames U-17 can still grab COSAFA bronze medal despite Angola humiliation

Malawi 1-7 Angola

Zambia and South Africa clash in the COSAFA U-17 Men’s final

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Malawi Men’s U-17 National team has a chance to pay back Angola in kind when the two sides meet again this coming Saturday for COSAFA U-17 bronze medal contest.

The junior Flames suffered a 7-1 humiliation at the hands of Angola, their heaviest defeat at the tournament so far, as the two sides battled for a spot in the final.

However, such a handsome win was not enough to take Angola to through to the final but adequate to finish third on the table leapfrogging Malawi to that spot.

Custódio claimed his hat-trick midway through the second period, adding a fourth from the penalty-spot as Angola comfortably controlled the proceedings.

Angola were reduced to 10 players when Tadeu Gabriel received a straight red card for an off-the-ball push after which Malawi pulled a goal back as Samson Zakeyu grabbed his second of the tournament.

However, Angola was not done yet as Armindo Canji added a fifth and Alexandre Cucao and Osvaldo Inga rounded out the scoring.

The result means the junior flames still has a chance of grabbing the bronze medal in case of a win against Angola in the third-place play-off.

The teams will meet again in the curtain-raiser to Sunday’s final at 10h00, while the clash between Zambia and South Africa is at 15h00.

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

Malawi 1 (Zakeyu 80’) Angola 7 (Domingos 30′, Hequele 40′, 42’, 67’pen, Canji 82’, Cucao 90’, Inga 90’)

Zambia 1 (Banda 84’) South Africa 0

SUNDAY’S FIXTURES

Third-place play-off

10h00 (08h00 GMT) – Malawi vs Angola

Final

15h00 (13h00 GMT) – Zambia vs South Africa

STANDINGS

 

POOL     P             W           D            L             GF          GA          GD          PTS

Zambia  3             3             0             0             9             3             6             9

South Africa        3             1             1             1             4             4             4

Angola  3             1             0             2             9             5             4             3

Malawi  3             0             1             2             5             15           -10         1

 

 

TOURNAMENT STATS

Matches Played: 6

Goals scored: 27

Biggest victory: Malawi 1 Angola 7 (November 26)

Most goals in a game: 8 – Zambia 6 Malawi 2 (November 24); Malawi 1 Angola 7 (November 26)

GOALSCORERS

4 goals – Joseph Banda (Zambia)

3 – Custódio Hequele (Angola)

2 – Chifundo Mphasi (Malawi), Charles Mumba (Zambia), Rickson Ng’ambi (Zambia), Mduduzi Shabalala (South Africa), Samson Zakeyu (Malawi)

1 – Stevie Banda (Malawi), Armindo Canji (Angola), Alexandre Cucao (Angola), Vicente Domingos (Angola), Keaviano Francis (South Africa), Osvaldo Inga (Angola), Teddy Khumalo (Zambia), Jeremias Kossi (Angola), Antonio Lopes (Angola), Thabang Mahlangu (South Africa)

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