COSAFA Cosafa Cup: Mozambique Hold Hosts, South Africa To Stalemate

South Africa’s Cosafa Cup campaign began with a 1-1 draw against Mozambique at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday.

Bafana Bafana led 1-0 at halftime, but the Mambas equalised 20 minutes later through Chamito Alfandega.

The result puts SA and Mozambique level with Botswana and Eswatini in Group A, all on one point.

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South Africa nearly took the lead in the third minute when Devin Titus whipped in a cross for Asenele Velebayi, but his header rebounded off the woodwork. Despite dominating possession, the hosts struggled to create similar chances against Mozambique’s deep defence.

On 25 minutes, Dario Melo nearly scored against the run of play, but Mondli Mpoto saved his long-range effort. Later, Bafana broke the deadlock on 39 minutes with a cushioned header from Ethan Brooks, who passed to captain Dortley for an easy finish.

They were considerably more advanced in their play, and Alfandega scored a well-deserved equaliser in the 65th minute, blasting a long-range shot past Mpoto’s right hand.

South Africa attempted to regain control by bringing on Jaedin Rhodes and Ashley Cupido in the final quarter hour to enhance their assault, but no clear chances were generated, resulting in a one-goal draw.

The teams will resume Group A action on Saturday, June 29, with South Africa facing Botswana and Mozambique facing Eswatini, both at the Wolfson Stadium.

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