Angola fight off the challenge 10-man Sudan to claim a 1-0 victory on day two of the 2016 COSAFA Under-20 Championships, sponsored by PPC, at the Mogwase Stadium in South Africa’s North West province.
Angola scored their goal through Fransisco Sacalumbo near the end of the first half, after which Sudan spurned a chance to equalize when Walaa Mohamed saw his penalty saved by goalkeeper Joao Eduardo.
Sudan had numerous other chances to score, and then had Khaled Osman sent off for a second bookable offence late in the game.
In the other match in Group C, Mauritius came out on top on the battle of the island nations as they defeated Seychelles 2-0.
It was a tight affair for much of the match but the quality of the Mauritius players shone through as they scored goals in either half via Alex Ferre and Marcus Dimanche.
Both sides finished the game with 10 men after Jean Sarah (Mauritius) and Daryl Louise (Seychelles) received their marching orders.
In the early kick-off in Group D, DR Congo were held to a 0-0 draw by Mozambique.
The Congolese missed a host of chances but also came up against an impenetrable wall in the form of Mozambique goalkeeper Leandro Caiado.
Friday’s fixtures see host South Africa back in action following their 8-0 mauling of Lesotho on Wednesday.
Next in the firing line is Swaziland, who won their opener 2-0 over Botswana. It means the winner in this clash, if there is to be one, can take a giant step towards the semifinals. The match kick-off at 14h00 (12h00 GMT).
Zimbabwe will hope to get their campaign back on track when they take on Malawi (17h00, 15h00 GMT).
The Young Warriors lost 5-1 to Zambia in their opener, while Malawi are playing a first game of the tournament in the three-team pool. It means defeat for Zimbabwe and they will be eliminated.
The opening game of the day is in Group C where Mozambique take on Comoros Islands (11h00, 09h00 GMT). The Comoros are playing their first game of the competition.
Only the winners of each pool advance to the semifinals. The final will be played on December 16 at the Moruleng Stadium.
DR Congo 0 Mozambique 0
Seychelles 0 Mauritius 2 (Alex Ferre 19’, Marcus Dimanche 47’)
Sudan 0 Angola 1 (Sacalumbo 37’)
11h00 (09h00 GMT): Malawi vs Zimbabwe – Mogwase Stadium
14h00 (12h00 GMT): South Africa vs Swaziland – Moruleng Stadium
17h00 (15h00 GMT): Mozambique vs Comoros – Moruleng Stadium
Group A P W D L GF GA Pts
South Africa 1 1 0 0 8 0 3
Swaziland 1 1 0 0 2 0 3
Botswana 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
Lesotho 1 0 0 1 0 8 0
Group B P W D L GF GA Pts
Zambia 1 1 0 0 5 1 3
Malawi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zimbabwe 1 0 0 1 1 5 0
Group C P W D L GF GA Pts
Mauritius 1 1 0 0 2 0 3
Angola 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Sudan 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
Seychelles 1 0 0 1 0 2 0
Group D P W D L GF GA Pts
DR Congo 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Mozambique 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
Comoros 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matches Played: 6
Goals scored: 19
Biggest victory: South Africa 8 Lesotho 0 (Group A, December 7)
Most goals in a game: 8 – South Africa 8 Lesotho 0 (Group A, December 7)
1 goal – Achmat Ceres (South Africa), Edward Chilufya (Zambia), Patson Daka (Zambia), Marcus Dimanche (Mauritius), Alex Ferre (Mauritius), Ali Matse (Swaziland), Sibongakonke Mbatha (South Africa), Wisemen Meyiwa (South Africa), Bhekani Mthembu (Swaziland), Menzi Ndwandwe (South Africa), Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (South Africa), Moses Nyondo (Zambia), Fransisco Sacalumbo (Angola), Fashion Sakala (Zambia), Chrispen Sakulanda (Zambia), Itumeleng Shopane (South Africa), Bukhosi Sibanda (Zimbabwe), Sifundo Sibiya (South Africa), Luther Singh (South Africa)