After being hammered by their South African counterparts in their second match of the Under-17 Championships currently underway in Mauritius, the Baby Warriors staged a convincing win over Seychelles today to secure a place in the semi-final showdown.
Namibia hammered Seychelles by 4-1 to book Zambia in their semi-final match billed for Saturday. Neighboring South Africa sealed their victory with a 2-0 over host Mauritius, and will be locking horns against Malawi also on Friday.
Today’s Group A matches put South Africa on top of the summit on nine points while Namibia settled for second place on six points, respectively.
Cosafa.com website reported that Namibia’s Abram Tjahikika struck a hat-trick to take him to the top of the scorer’s charts at the 2016 COSAFA Under-17 Championships.
In Group B of the competition, Malawi is the runners up while Zambia top the group.
Both matches will be played at the Stade St Francois Xavier in Port Louis.
Tjahikika’s hat-trick takes him to four goals in the tournament, one ahead of Peter Banda from Malawi and Nicholas Mulilo of Zambia.
Eldery Morgan got the other goal for Namibia in a dominant performance, with the Seychelles scoring a consolation, and a first goal of the competition, through Mathiot Juninho.
South Africa finished their game with 10 men after a red card for Mswati Mavuso, who had earlier put them ahead in the match a minute before halftime.
But they continued to battle away and grabbed a second goal when S’miso Bophela was fouled in the box and Tyreese Pillay converted from the spot.
Like Zambia, South Africa have yet to concede a goal in the competition and those two will be favourites for Sunday’s final.
But Malawi and Namibia have both shown they can be a match for anybody and be eager to cause an upset on Friday.
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