A new winner will be crowned when curtains come down in this year’s Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup.
This is after Zambia and South Africa, the only two remaining sides to have lifted the title, were stunned in the quarterfinals by Namibia and Botswana respectively.
Holders Zambia had been given bye to the quarters and were drawn to face Namibia who started their campaign in the group stages. Having topped Group A with two wins, one draw and no defeat, the Namibians still looked rusty against the Chipolopolo who had the edge in the entire match.
However, with no goals at the end of 90 minutes and no provision of extra time, the duo faced off in penalty shootouts. After all the first four takers converted, Emmanuel Mbola sent his shot over the bar, presenting Namibia’s Deon Hotto with a chance to send them to the semifinals, a call he duly answered.
The second semifinal pitting hosts South Africa and two-time second runners up Botswana assumed the same trajectory. After a goalless 90 minutes, the duo clashed in an intense marathon shootout which ended with the Zebras winning 7-6 to knockout the hosts.
Invitees Ghana are now favorites to land the title. The face Madagascar who in the third quarterfinal of the competition at the Moruleng Stadium before 2008 finalists Mozambique clash with two-time runners up Malawi.
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