Louis Pavin and Jackson Macharia
Day two of the 2013 COSAFA Under-20 Youth Championships
in Lesotho saw 19 goals scored in just five matches as the various groups began to take shape on Wednesday.
Wins for South Africa, Kenya, Angola and Zimbabwe have given them the early advantage in their pools, while defending champions Zambia were held to a 1-1 draw by Namibia.
South Africa got their Group C campaign off to a winning start with a 4-0 victory over Seychelles in Mafeteng. as goals from Siyanda Ngubo (two), Ayabulela Magqwaka and Nhlakanipho Ntuli gave them a comfortable win.
Ngubo got the ball rolling with a lovely finish beyond Seychelles goalkeeper Dawind Rosette having been sent one-on-one with the glove man on 13 minutes.
Entle Bakwena and Chiniso Shabangu
Hosts Lesotho twice came from behind to force a 2-2 draw with Comoros, while Botswana defeated Swaziland 2-0 on a thrilling opening day of the 2013 COSAFA Youth Championships
in Maseru on Tuesday.
The third match scheduled for the opening day between Kenya and Mauritius was postponed due to travel issues suffered by the East African guests.
But the two games that were played offered excellent entertainment for the fans at the Setsoto Stadium.
Comoros looked as though they were headed for a famous victory, but the resilience of the hosts saw them claw their way back into the game and earn what could be a precious point in what is likely to be a hotly contested Group A.
conceded two goals early in the second half as Bafana Bafana
earned a 3-0 win in international friendly
match played at Somhlolo National Stadium in Lobamba.
Bafana dominated the early exchanges, and had the chance to go ahead in the first minute of the match, when Lerato Chabangu sent in a pinpoint pass to find Kermit Erasmus, but the Orlando Pirates man could not keep his header on target.
Happy Jele had a chance 10 minutes later, after a set-piece by Siphiwe Tshabalala, but his header also went just wide.
Swaziland came close on 15 minutes, when Nkosingiphile Tsabedze ran onto a long high ball from the left wing. He beat Rooi Mahamutsa with a dummy, but scuffed his shot just wide of the post, brushing the side netting.
national team coach Harris ‘Madze’ Bulunga has promised Bafana Bafana a "competitive" international friendly
at Somhlolo National Stadium on Friday.
Bafana arrived in Swaziland on Tuesday for the match against Sihlangu Semnikati, which will form part of their preparations for the 2014 African Nations Championship
in South Africa in January.
The Swazi team are yet to beat South Africa at football at senior level, including the women’s national team Banyana Banyana.
However, Bulunga says his charges are ready to write their own history in Lobamba on Friday.
The National Football Association of Swaziland
(NFAS) has parted ways with Belgian Valere Billen as the National team, Sihlangu coach.
NFAS President and Senator Adam ‘Bomber’ Mthethwa announced that they had withdrawn the one year contract renewal offer to the coach.
Mthethwa said NFAS Executive Committee reached the decision due to the coach’s commitments and challenges back home in Belgium.
Billen who was announced as the national team coach on August 29, 2012 took over from South African coach Ephraem ‘Shakes’ Mashaba.
coach Gordon Igesund has announced a strong 24-man squad to face Swaziland in an international friendly
match on November 15 at the National Stadium in the Swazi capital of Mbabane.
The match is scheduled to kick off at 8:30pm.
All the players selected for this encounter are local-based as this is part of the preparations for the upcoming CAF CHAN tournament
that begins in January next year.
"This is the first game that we will play in preparation for the CHAN tournament and its very important for us to get the rhythm going in the team, beause these are some of the players that will play in that event.” said Igesund.
Kamela, Mamba, Seturamane
registered their first win of the 2013 Cosafa Cup tournament
to set up a quarterfinal clash against Angola Swaziland
attacked Lesotho from the first whistle and although the Lesotho defence managed to contain them, they were clearly on top of their game.
The Swazi side nearly broke the deadlock in the 15th minute after some desperate defending from Lesotho, but it wasn’t meant to be.
However, Lesotho were in front after 23 minutes following a defensive blunder from the Swazi side, and Mojela Letsie made no mistake with only the keeper to beat.
Kenya are in pole position to finish top of Group B and advance to the Cosafa Cup
quarterfinals but fthe possibility of a spirited challenge from both Botswana and Lesotho.
The final placings will be decided in a dramatic finale on Thursday with a meeting against Angola in the last eight on Sunday as reward for the winner.
Kenya’s 2-0 win over Swaziland on Tuesday ensured for them top place after the first two rounds of matches.
The Harambee Stars, who are guest participants in the southern African championship, have four points to two each for Botswana and Lesotho, who played out a thrilling 3-3 draw on Tuesday.
2-0 in a 2013 COSAFA Cup
Group B encounter at the Arthur Davis Stadium in Kitwe, Zambia on Tuesday afternoon.
Edwin Lavasta scored on either side of the break to shoot the Harambee Stars to the top of Group B.
Lavasta opened the scoring on the day in the fifth minute of the match.
Omar Aboud played a delightful ball to the feet of Lavasta, and what looked like a bad touch by the striker somehow found the back of the net to give the Stars an early lead, 1-0.
Opportunities were limited from there on and as a result Kenya headed into the break with a one goal lead.
Sabelo Ndzinisa and Mompati Thuma
All four teams in Group B at the Cosafa Cup
will go into Tuesday’s programme with hopes of finally getting a win under their belt after draws in their opening round of matches.
Botswana and Kenya would have started out as favourites but both got a rude shock to the start of their respective campaigns at the 2013 Cosafa Cupin Zambia.
Botswana were held to a goalless draw by Swaziland in the first group game on Sunday while Kenya had to come from two goals down to share the spoils with Lesotho on Monday.
It means all four sides in the group are equal with one point apiece.