Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Cosafa Cup

Diogo Alberto © Backpagepix

Angola, Mozambique geared for Plate final



Angola take on Mozambique in the Plate final of the Cosafa Cup Zambia 2013 at the Nkana Stadium, Kitwe on Thursday kick-off 3pm (CAT, SA, GMT+2), with both sides hoping to leave the tournament with some silverware.

The pair came through tough Plate semifinals wins on Tuesday, with Angola twice coming from behind to defeat Malawi 3-2, while Mozambique edged Namibia 1-0.

The Plate competition is a new innovation in the Cosafa Cup Zambia 2013 and ensure that even those sides who exit in the quarterfinal of the competition have a prize to play for.

Mozambique coach Joao Chissano was delighted with his side’s semifinal victory over Namibia and says he is building something special with the Mambas.

“We have a very good team and I think we are building a strong team here,” he said.

They have more experience in their group than the Angolans and may be considered slight favourites.

Angola coach Gustavo Ferrin not only had praise for his young side, but the role that the COSAFA Cup can play in growing the standard of football in the region.

“I brought a relatively young squad to this Cosafa Cup tournament because our national league is still in progress and I must confess I got more than I bargained for,” Ferrin said.

“Beating a full strength Malawian squad boasting their top players was something that I never envisaged before the start of this tournament.

“This team comprises mostly of Under 23 players and the future of this side looks very bright. We need to compete more in such regional tournaments because if Cosafa sides are to reach the standards of those of West and North African countries, such tournaments are a good starting point.”

Angola have the edge on the Mambas with six wins to three in their 14 matches to date, though this will be the first meeting between the two nations since 2004.

Having said that, the last time they played was in the Cosafa Cup when a Flavio goal gave Angola a 1-0 success.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Chima Emmanuel Aguma
The diamond is United's best friend
United’s recent spending raised questions on how the players would fit in to an XI. They were...

Neil Tovey
A striking concern
After Bafana Bafana drew a blank against Nigeria in Cape Town last week, our national striking woes...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Ref’s decisions to be challenged?
I read recently that Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, the current Fifa president, is considering a move which...

Segun Odegbami
Worried, frustrated, angry and excited
Let me state it up front - I am worried, frustrated, angry and exited, all at once!

Carol Radull
Was Arsenal playing football?
What on earth was that? What was that game Arsenal were playing in Germany on Tuesday night?

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
The pressure is on at Man United
By the time the summer transfer window closed in Europe, Manchester United had spent heavily. Times...