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COSAFA U-20 Championship: South Africa sneak into semifinals, Angola thrashes Seychelles to advance

The final day of the group stage at the 2022 COSAFA Men’s U-20 Championship on Wednesday saw all the teams of Groups B and C display the urgency needed to clinch a semifinal spot. The real drama was to be had in Group C where Comoros were the leaders heading into the final day until they ran into a determined South Africa side. Amajita not only took first place but denied their opponents a historic achievement by eliminating them with a 4-0 victory. Malawi defeated Namibia 5-2 so that they were even with South Africa and Comoros on six points but South Africa took the top spot by virtue of a +5 goal difference to Malawi’s +3 and Comoros’ -1.

Malawi finished in second but it was not enough to advance as the best second placed side as Angola snatched that position on the final day in Group B play. The Angolan team came out looking to score as many goals as possible against minnows Seychelles to boost their goal difference and an 8-1 thrashing was more than enough, leaving them on six points but with a +11 difference to surpass Malawi and hosts Eswatini who also had six points. Angola joins Group B winners Mozambique, who defeated Lesotho 2-1, as well as South Africa and Group A winners Zambia in the semifinals.

Highlights from three of Wednesday’s games are below.

Scores

Angola 8-1 Seychelles

Mozambique 2-1 Lesotho

South Africa 4-0 Comoros

Malawi 5-2 Namibia

Highlights

South Africa 4-0 Comoros

Angola 8-1 Seychelles

Mozambique 2-1 Lesotho

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