Angola were crowned winners of the 2018 Cosafa Under-17 Championship with a 1-0 victory over South Africa in Sunday’s final at the Stade St Francois Xavier in Port Louis, Mauritius, claiming their first regional title at this age-group level.
Osvaldo Capemba scored the only goal of the game in a match that had few clear-cut chances for either side, with Angola to now represent the region at the 2019 African Under-17 Championship in Tanzania.
They will hope to use that opportunity to qualify for the 2019 Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Peru in what will be their fourth appearance at the continental showpiece event.
South Africa had two shouts for handball in the Angolan box that were turned down by referee Retselisitsoe Molise from Lesotho but, in truth, they failed to create enough opportunities against the robust Angolans.
The Young Palancas Negras are the fifth nation to lift the Cosafa Under-17 Championship trophy after South Africa (two wins), Malawi, Namibia and Zambia. Malawi exited the competition from Group C after losing 1-0 to Angola then beat Zimbabwe and Swaziland 1-0.
They had a 100 percent winning record in the competition and also netted a healthy 15 goals in their five games while only conceding once to be crowned worthy champions.
Namibia finished with a bronze medal after a 2-1 success over hosts Mauritius in the third-fourth play-off earlier in the day as they add to the gold they won in 2016.—Cosafa.com