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.