Namibia crowned Cosafa Cup champions

Ricardo Manetti, coach of Namibia celebrates with his players during 2015 Cosafa Cup Final match between Namibia and Mozambique at Moruleng Stadium, Rustenburg on May 30, 2015. Photo: BackpagePix / Muzi Ntombela

RUSTENBURG - Namibia were crowned Cosafa Cup 2015 champions when they registered a deserved 2-0 win over Mozambique in the final of the regional championship at the Moruleng Stadium, Rustenburg.

Pacey winger Deon Hotto proved the hero with both goals as Namibia claimed a first ever Southern African title on Saturday.

Goals in either half from Hotto, the first a deft chip after a swift break and the second a deflected curler, handed the Brave Warriors the title in what will be one of the proudest moments in the country’s footballing history.

Mozambique’s young side had their chances in the game, but could not match the greater experience of the Namibians and in particular the pace of Hotto.

Madagascar finished third after they defeated Botswana 2-1 in the bronze-medal match at the same venue earlier in the afternoon.

Sarivahy Vombola netted two goals in as many minutes early in the first half to set the Malagasy on their way and in doing so finish as top scorer in the Cosafa Cup 2015 competition with five goals.

That is one ahead of the Namibian duo of Hotto and Benson Shilongo.

Segolame Boy pulled one back for Botswana with six minutes remaining, but they could not force an equaliser in the closing stages.

Both teams will be pleased with their tournaments, especially the Malagasy who also came through the group stages to play six matches.

African News Agency

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