Namibia have claimed the 2016 COSAFA Under-17 Championship title after a 3-1 penalty shoot-out victory over South Africa following a 1-1 draw in regulation time in Mauritius on Sunday.
Malawi grabbed the bronze medal with a deserved 2-0 victory over Kenya in the third-place play-off. The junior flames had beaten the East African guest nation 5-0 in the group stages but found them a much tougher nut to crack during their third place play-off match.
They opened the deadlock in the 58th minute through Peter Banda who netted his fifth of the competition, making him the leading scorer for the COSAFA Under-17 Championships this year. They doubled their lead with three minutes to go when Francisco Madinga sealed the victory.
Malawi under 17 coach, DerKlerk Msakakuona said he is pleased with his side’s performance after claiming a bronze medal at the Championships.
“It was a tough game. It was not the same team we scored five against in the group stages. I am glad that my boys defended well and scored goals which gave us a bronze medal”, said DerKlerk.
Msakakuona also praised the quality of the football seen at the competition.
“The level is high and it’s a good tournament. Such tournaments benefits Africa and its players a lot, especially the youth. Good players have been bred from these tournaments and now they are enjoying professional football around the globe”, he concluded.
Malawi managed to claim three man of the match awards in five games as well as the top goal scorer accolade scooped by Peter Banda who scored five goals at the tournament.