Baby Warriors in Cosafa champs final
Captain Dawid Morgan JR scored the all-important equalizer as the Baby Warriors went on to beat Malawi 6-5 on penalties in the semifinals to reach their first ever final, the Cosafa under-17 champions final where they will meet South Africa.
In the 2016 Cosafa Under-17 Championship seminal one played on Friday afternoon at Saint Francois Xavie, Port Louis, Mauritius. Malawi were on top for most of their semifinal and after missing a number of opportunities, took the lead after a fine goal from outside the box by Peter Banda. It looked as though they would hold on for the win as well until Namibia’s Dawid Morgan Jr popped up with an equalizer two minutes from time.
That took the game to a penalty shoot-out and when Innocent Shema missed his spot-kick, the Namibians triumphed 6-5.
The Baby Warriors now goes into Sunday final against South Africa who trounced Kenya 4-0 in the other seminal match.
Kenya received a re-entry into the competition after Group B winners Zambia were disqualified having been found to have fielded two over-age players in the competition – Nicholas Mulilo and Benjamin Phiri.
It meant Malawi finished as the top team in the pool and Kenya in second, earning the latter a semifinal with South Africa. But the young South Africans roared into the final with a comprehensive victory as they overwhelmed their East African opponents.
Mjabulise Mkhize, Luke le Roux , Lina Mchilizeli and Bonga Dladla, scored to lead South Africa to an impressive victory over Kenya.
Baby Warriors vs Malawi: Joseph Phillipus, Stanley Ndjavera, Giovani Kaninab, Dawid Eldery Morgan Jr, Mbakondja Tjahikika, Rivaldo Laksman, Johannes Hollombach, Lubeni Haukongo, Denzel Narib, Junior Petrus, Godwin Awaseb.
Subs: Stevano Dundee, Immanuel Isaya, Helmuth Namaseb, Vaino Uugwanga, Matias Shipanga, Alex Kaongelwa, Jovane Narib, Megameno Kapuku, Pitsi Ameb.