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Angola Dominates COSAFA Cup Final, Claims Historic Victory

  • July 7, 2024
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Angola Dominates COSAFA Cup Final, Claims Historic Victory

Angola etched their name in history books with a resounding 5-0 victory over Namibia in the 2024 Hollywoodbets COSAFA Cup final at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday.

This triumph marks their fourth regional title and their first since 2004.

The Angolans seized control early, leading 2-0 at halftime thanks to goals from Pedro Bondo and Depu. The match was played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium under the watchful eye of Confederation of African Football president Dr Patrice Motsepe.

Angola tightened their grip in the second half. Vidinho added a third goal, and Namibia’s hopes were dashed further when Ivan Kamberipa received a red card. Vidinho capitalized on the numerical advantage with his second of the night, and Keliano sealed the deal with Angola’s fifth.

This dominant performance stands as the biggest win in a COSAFA Cup final, surpassing Zimbabwe’s 3-0 victories over Lesotho in the 2000 two-legged final.

Meanwhile, Mozambique secured the bronze medal through a penalty shootout victory over Comoros (3-2) after a thrilling 2-2 draw in the third-place play-off.

Comoros held the lead initially thanks to Kassim Hadji, but Chamito Alfandega rose to the occasion for Mozambique. He scored twice, taking his tournament tally to three goals, and putting The Mambas ahead. However, Comoros’ all-time leading COSAFA Cup goalscorer Ibroihim Youssouf equalized with 20 minutes remaining, keeping his team in the fight.

The penalty shootout became a battle of nerves. Mozambique emerged victorious 3-1 after Comoros missed three consecutive penalties following Youssouf’s opening conversion.

Angola’s Maestro lived up to his name by claiming the Player of the Tournament award, while his teammate Depu secured the top scorer title with five goals. Armando Doutor received the Golden Glove for best goalkeeper, and Comoros, celebrating their first ever COSAFA Cup semifinal appearance, were awarded the Fair Play trophy.

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