Cosafa Cup: The winners and losers from 2024 tournament

Angola were among the most impressive sides at the tournament but South Africa have a lot to worry about

Angola were crowned champions of the Cosafa Cup following a 5-0 demolition of Namibia in the final on Sunday, claiming regional supremacy for the first time in 20 years.

The tournament showcased the best and worst with a number of teams impressing while others disappointed having fallen below expectations.

Following the conclusion of the 24th edition, Afrik Foot looks at the winners and losers from the 2024 tournament.

Winner -Angola

Angola celebrate. Photo: Imago
Angola celebrate. Photo: Imago

Only one place to start. The newly-crowned champions had what can be termed a flawless campaign as they claimed their fourth title and a first since 2004.

Angola started with a 0-0 draw against Namibia, who they would meet in the final and beat 5-0, followed by a thrilling 3-2 victory against Seychelles and completed group stage action with a 3-1 defeat of Lesotho.

In the semi-final, Angola eliminated Comoros following a 2-1 result before the big win against Namibia in the final.

Angola ended the tournament as the highest scorers, after banging in 13 goals, five of which came from Depu, the Golden Boot winner.

It was the biggest win in a Cosafa Cup final, beating a pair of 3-0 successes for Zimbabwe over Lesotho in the two-legged decider in 2000.

Loser – Zambia

Zambia vs Zimbabwe Cosafa Cup

Record seven-time champions Zambia came into the tournament as the team to beat but ended up beaten by everyone.

The Chipolopolo had claimed the 2022 and 2023 titles but were a pale shadow of their former selves in South Africa this year.

They started with a 2-0 loss to guest team Kenya and lost by a similar margin to Zimbabwe on matchday two which eliminated them from the tournament.

Any hopes of finishing with pride went up in smoke as Comoros secured a 1-0 victory to leave them winless from a tournament they were tipped to win.

It was the first time in their history that Zambia had lost three games in a row in the regional competition.

Winner – Comoros

El-Fardou Ben Mohamed, Faiz Selemani, Comores
El-Fardou Ben Mohamed of Comoros celebrates goal with teammates during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals match between Ghana and Comoros at Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, Cameroon, on 18 January 2022 ©Samuel Shivambu/Sports Inc – Photo by Icon sport – Photo by Icon Sport

The island nation may have lost the third-place playoff to Mozambique but left a good impression at the tournament.

Comoros looked to be heading to an early exit when they lost their opening match 1-0 to Zimbabwe but recovered and shocked 10-man Kenya with a 2-0 win, followed by a 1-0 victory against Zambia that saw them top Group B while securing a place in the semi-final.

They met their waterloo when they lost to eventual champions Angola 2-1 but it was not down to a lack of effort but rather inferior quality.

Even in the playoff, Mozambique only won on post-match penalties, prevailing 3-1 after a 2-2 in regulation time when Comoros took the lead twice.

Loser – South Africa

Bafana vs Eswatini Cosafa 2024

Tournament hosts South Africa were the biggest disappointment when they could not get past their group.

Bafana Bafana won only one match, an unconvincing 1-0 victory against Eswatini on matchday three, when their backs were against the wall.

South Africa were forced into a 1-1 draw with Mozambique followed by a goalless stalemate against Botswana and paid a heavy price.

They suffered early elimination after finishing second in Group A, having managed to score just two goals.

With Eswatini, Mozambique and Botswana in their group, South Africa were seen as outright favourites for the semi-final place but suffered the embarrassment of leaving their home tournament early.

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