South Africa were crowned champions of the 2018 MOPANI Copper Mines Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) after beating nine-time champions Zimbabwe through post-match penalties, to win a gold medal at the tournament.
The Amajita won the cup yesterday at Nkana Stadium in Zambia by defeating Zimbabwe by 4-3 after the game ended 1-1 in regulation time to defend the title they won last year.
Zimbabwe were the first team to get on the score sheet through joint top goal scorer Delic Murimba in the second half through a well calculated chip to beat South African goalkeeper and captain Khulekani Kubheka after a poor back-pass from Nkosingiphile Ngcobo.
Zimbabwe’s 64th minute goal was the first to be conceded by the Amajita since the start of the competition.
The South African youngsters came from behind to level the score in the 84th minute of the final game when Murimba’s fellow top goal scorer, Lyle Foster, who is wanted by French side Monaco, finished from close range after being fed by Player of the Tournament Promise Mkhuma.
The game then progressed to post-match penalties where skipper Kubheka saved two penalties for Amajita from luckless Zimbabweans; Leonard Jani and Clive Rupiya.
Zimbabwe took home silver medal, while Angola who defeated home team Zambia by two goals to one in the third place play-off settled for less by winning the bronze medal.
The following is the list of scorers at the competition: 5 goals – Lyle Foster (South Africa), Delic Murimba (Zimbabwe), 4 goals – Prince Mumba (Zambia), 3 goals–Daniel Liberal (Angola), 2 goals – James Monyane (South Africa), Junior Nyamuziwa (Zimbabwe),1 goal –Adamo Alifa (Mozambique), Jean Aristide (Mauritius), Peter Banda (Malawi), Chikaiko Batison (Malawi), Tseliso Botsane (Lesotho), Geny Catamo (Mozambique), Edward Chilufya (Zambia), Kamo-Kamo Cumbane (Mozambique), Adalmiro Da Silva (Angola), Fernando Duarte (Angola), Adrien Francois (Mauritius), Fasika Idumba (DR Congo), Benson Kolala (Zambia), Luke le Roux (South Africa), Zito Luvumbo (Angola), Andrew Mbeba (Zimbabwe), Promise Mkhuma (South Africa), Ludovic Milazar (Mauritius), Jelson Mivo (Angola), Jackson Muleka (DR Congo), Emmanuel Mwiinde (Zambia), Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (South Africa), Mbala Nsingi (DR Congo), Jean Roussety (Mauritius), Blessing Sarupinda (Zimbabwe), Resaobaka Thatanyane