Giant killers fight for COSAFA final berths
by TINTSWALO BALOYI
RUSTENBURG, (CAJ News) – A surprise-filled Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup progresses to the semifinal stage on Thursday with four sides rated as minnows battling for a berth in the final.
Botswana, Madagascar, Mozambique and Namibia all remain with a chance of winning the regional tournament after the so-called giants, including guests Ghana, were eliminated in the early stages.
The first semifinal scheduled for Moruleng Stadium on Thursday evening will feature Namibia and Madagascar.
Both sides have been enjoying a great run in the tournament with Namibia’s Brave Warriors knocking out joint-record winners Zambia and Zimbabwe en-route to this stage of the competition.
The island nation of Madagascar, nicknamed Barea (Brahman bull) has played some breathtaking attacking football that has the highly-rated Ghana as quarterfinal victim.
The second semifinal sees Botswana play Mozambique at the same venue in what is billed to be another intriguing clash.
Botswana’s Zebras sent hosts South Africa packing out of the reckoning in the quarterfinal stage while The Mambas of Mozambique got the better of Mozambique after penalties at the same stage of the competition.
The winners of the semifinals will contest the final at the Moruleng Stadium on Saturday.
Meanwhile, on Friday, Zambia and Malawi will play the Plate Final at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
This follows the regional football tournament adopting a rugby format where teams that were knocked out at the quarterfinal stage are afforded an opportunity to play for a consolation prize.
Apart of the semifinalists, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa and Zambia are the other teams that contested the semifinals.
The four semifinal losers contested the Plate semifinals with Zambia edging Ghana and Malawi beating South Africa.
– CAJ News
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