Cosafa Cup: Angola put Namibia to the sword to end 20-year wait for a title as Mozambique finish third

The Palancas Negras were in a class of their own as they dispatched the Brave Warriors with ease

Angola have won their first Cosafa Cup crown in 20 years following a 5-0 thrashing of Namibia on Sunday.

The Palancas Negras were in a class of their own as they easily dispatched their opponents in a one-sided final at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Angola did not take long to make their presence felt as Pedro Bondo broke the deadlock after 12 minutes with the second one arriving via the penalty spot through Depu, one minute before the break.

Vidinho then made it 3-0 in the 58th minute, slotting home from a Berna pass, before Angola’s work was made easier after Ivan Kamberipa was shown a straight red card nine minutes later.

Angola ended as top scorers with 13 goals 

Pedro Goncalves’ men took full advantage instantly with Vidinho hammering home his second and Angola’s third through a freekick and Manuel Keliano completed the rout in the 70th minute after scoring from Antonio Hossi’s pass.

It was a dominant show for Angola, who have been the best team in the tournament, having scored 13 goals in five matches, with Debu finishing as the top scorer with five.

Namibia, who last won the tournament in 2015, had no response to the aggressive and dominant Angola who benefited from their quick start.

Mozambique, meanwhile, clinched the bronze medal after ending Comoros 3-1 on post-match penalties in the third-place playoff played earlier on Sunday.

Comoros took the lead twice but lost the playoff

The match had ended in a 2-2 draw, forcing the shootouts, where the Island nation could only convert their first penalty before missing the other three, while Mozambique scored their first two, missed the following, before winning it with their fourth kick.

Comoros had started well when Kassim Hadji gave them a 32nd minute lead but Chamito Alfandega equalised for Mozambique shortly after halftime.

The islanders went ahead again through Ibroihim Youssouf 20 minutes from time but the lead lasted eight minutes when Alfandega completed his brace.

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