Harare - Despite losing 0-1 to Mozambique in the finals of the COSAFA Under-20 Championships, Namibia booked a place at next year’s TOTAL U-20 Africa Cup of Nations soccer extravaganza that will to be hosted by Mauritania.
Namibia qualified for the 2021 Total Under-20 AFCON tournament by virtue of reaching the finals of this year’s COSAFA U-20 Championships. The regional tournament acted as a qualifier for the 2021 Under-20, with the two finalists automatically going through.
Namibia would have been maiden winners too, but instead Mozambique become just the fifth nation after Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Madagascar to take home the COSAFA Under-20 trophy.
The only goal of the game was scored Dercio Augusto as his free kick was put into the box, and somehow went through everybody and into the back of the net. Namibia had their chances in the game but could not find a cutting edge in the box and had to settle for the silver medal, the second time they have been runners-up after also losing to Zambia in the 2010 decider.
Angola picked up the bronze medal for the third year in a row as they defeated defending champions Zambia 2-1.
South Africa won the COSAFA Women’s Championship, while East African Guest nation Tanzania claimed the COSAFA Women’s Under-17 Championship.
South Africa were also victorious in the COSAFA Qualifiers for TOTAL U-17 AFCON, Morocco 2021, before Mozambique rounded out a most extraordinary year with their triumph on Sunday.