Malawi 2 (Kalua 11’, 20’) Angola 4 (Antonio 6’, Mkokissa 24’, Brito 38’, Pedro 67’
Malawi Under 17 National Football Team are through to the COSAFA Under 17 Semifinals despite losing 4-2 to Angola.
Angola sealed top spot in Group B and Malawi took second place.
Malawi finished ahead of Botswana on goals scored after both teams had a single point and -2 goal-difference. But the fact that Malawi had scored three goals in the pool stages and Botswana only one saw them advance.
Malawi will face Group A winners Zambia in the last four while Angola are awaiting one of Lesotho or Eswatini.
The frenetic first half saw Angola lead 3-2 at the break, after they were handed the lead thanks to a 35-yard free-kick from Ariclene Antonio, though Malawi goalkeeper Alex Dzimbiri will feel he should have done better.
A brace from Malawi’s Masambiro Kalua turned the game on its head though as the Young Flames took the lead, only for Denilson Mkokissa to equalise with a header to make the score 2-2 after 24 minutes.
Joao Brito, so excellent throughout for Angola, put his side ahead after latching onto a through-ball, and the points were sealed when Simao Pedro added a fourth for the Angolans.
BOYS U17 TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
BOYS U17 TOURNAMENT STATS
Matches Played: 5*
Goals scored: 14
Biggest victory: Lesotho 0 Zambia 2 (Group A, December 1), Angola 2 Botswana 0 (Group A, December 4); Malawi 2 Angola 4 (Group B, December 5)
Most goals in a game: 6 – Malawi 2 Angola 4 (Group B, December 5)
*Lesotho vs Eswatini to be completed
3 goals – Joseph Banda (Zambia)
2 – Ariclene Antonio (Angola), Masambiro Kalua (Malawi), Denilson Mkokissa (Angola)
1 – Joao Brito (Angola), Phillip Kaku (Botswana), Madalitso Mwachumu (Malawi), Simao Pedro (Angola)
Own goals – Mohale Majara (Lesotho)