Contrasting wins for Angola, Mozambique

Angola and Mozambique reached the COSAFA Cup plate competition final with contrasting victories in Zambia.

Youthful Angola twice came from behind to edge experienced Malawi 3-2 with defender Abdul snatching the winner five minutes from time.

While plate competitions are common in rugby union, this is the first time it has featured in the 16-year southern Africa national team championship.

Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Namibia were the losing quarter-finals at the weekend in the championship.

And there were times at sparsely populated Arthur Davies Stadium when it seemed the four sides had not recovered from the blows of elimination.

Spectators had to endure endless scrappy midfield exchanges, wild shooting and some rough play, including a red card for Namibia's Pinehas Jakob.

But there were also moments to savour, including the looping header from Abdul, which atoned for his early second-half own goal.

Mabululu bagged a brace for Angola to lift his tournament tally to three and cancel out a goal from Malawian Gaston Simkonda and the own goal.

Malawi almost forced a penalty shootout as a stoppage-time Chiukepo Msowoya header came back off the post with goalkeeper Nelson stranded.

Star striker Apson Manjate struck two minutes before half-time to earn Mozambique a 1-0 victory over 10-man Namibia in the second semi-final.

Portuguese-speaking nations Angola and Mozambique meet at another stadium in mining city Kitwe to decide the winner of the maiden event.

Namibia's Willy Stephanus and Manjate were foiled by the woodwork before Manjate dived to head a far-post cross past Ephraim Tjihonge.

Jakob was sent off two minutes into the second half after a late tackle from behind on Francisco Miocha resulted in a second caution.

The action moves to nearby Ndola next with giant-killer Lesotho facing holder Zimbabwe and Zambia playing South Africa in the Cup semi-finals.

Source AFP