South Africa's Under-17 team lose COSAFA Champs final to gutsy Namibia


Godwin Awaseb opened the scoring for Namibia in the second half but Thabiso Monyane cancelled out his goal a matter of minutes later as regulation time ended with the sides deadlocked at 1-1.

With penalties required to settle the tie it was Namibia who held their nerve to win the shootout and claim the trophy.

South Africa went into the final having conceded no goals all tournament, and having secured a 4-0 victory over Namibia in the group stages they were considered favourites.

In the opening stages South Africa's Mswati Mavuso tried a chip shot that didn't really trouble Josef Phillipus in goal as Namibia went on to take the game by the scruff of its neck.

Namibia's Alex Kaongelwa went the closest in the first half with his 15th minute strike going just wide, and a later effort also missing the target.

Namibia deservedly opened the scoring as the game went past the hour mark with Awaseb smashing the ball past the keeper.

The lead did not last very long as Monyane's powerful shot leveled proceedings in the 70th minute.

Monyane then had the chance to become the hero with five minutes remaining but he shot wide as the game ended level.

With nothing to separate the sides after 90 minutes they went to a penalty shootout which Namibia won 3-1.