Cosafa Cup: How does the semi-final look without South Africa?

Hosts Bafana Bafana failed to advance from Group A, with Comoros getting the lone ticket to the next hurdle

Angola came from a goal down to beat Lesotho 3-1 to top Group C in the ongoing Cosafa Cup in South Africa.

Last edition's finalists had come to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium hoping to get the needed result to defy the odds and advance. It seemed the mission was very possible when Lehlohonolo Fothoane converted a Katleho Makateng assist in the 26th minute.

Angola fought back immensely, eventually winning a penalty in the 42nd minute and Depu – who prior to the game had scored two goals, made things even.

Antonio Simao then set up Vidinho for Angola's second goal in the 63rd minute, to give his team a comfortable lead. 

In the stoppages, Lesotho goalkeeper Sekhoane Moerane committed a foul and was sent off. Miro converted a resulting penalty to ensure his team ended group stage matches on a high.

Namibia vs Seychelles Cosafa 2024

Namibia seal their semi-final place in style

At the Wolfson Stadium, Namibia emerged 3-1 victors against Seychelles to join Angola, Mozambique, and Comoros in the semi-final.

The Brave Warriors needed a win by any margin to qualify as the best second-placed team across all groups, a position initially held by Kenya's Emerging Stars who collected six points in Group B.

Seychelles were put under pressure from the first whistle, conceding a penalty in the 11th minute which was tucked in by Bethuel Muzeu.

Muzeu then became the provider in the 48th minute, creating a scoring chance for Erastus Kalula who took it with both hands.

The red-hot Muzeu then completed his brace in the 81st minute to give his team a healthy lead in the critical time of the game.

Seychelles' consolation came in the 87th minute courtesy of Brandon Labrosse.

Comoros will now play Angola in the first semi-final scheduled for Friday, June 5 at the Nelson Mandela Stadium, before Mozambique and Namibia face off later on the same day and venue.

Cosafa Cup: How does the semi-final look without South Africa?
Willis Sob

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