Cosafa U-20 surprise

MOZAMBIQUE, last year's losing finalists, were held to a 1-1 draw by Madagascar in a tightly contested Group B Metropolitan-Cosafa Under-20 encounter at Rand Stadium yesterday.

MOZAMBIQUE, last year's losing finalists, were held to a 1-1 draw by Madagascar in a tightly contested Group B Metropolitan-Cosafa Under-20 encounter at Rand Stadium yesterday.

The Indian Ocean islanders scored first through Florent Namodely in the 29th minute before Mozambique levelled terms seven minutes before regulation time when Ferinandos Manuels capitalised on Madagascar's sloppy marking at the back.

In another main encounter played at the same venue, Zambia beat Angola 2-1 to go to the top of Group B.

Zambia, commonly known as Chipolopolo, grabbed their two goals from Stephen Babamba (25th) and Evans Musonda (60th) while Angola reduced the arrears through Nello in the 56th minute.

Angola and Zambia are regarded as a huge threat to defending champions Amajita.

South Africa, who started their defence of the 2009 tournament with a 9-0 massacre of Namibia at Dobsonville Stadium, look favourites to retain the championship.

They have won the trophy a record three times.

Other nations that won the Metropolitan-Cosafa Under-20 title include Zimbabwe and Madagascar, who clinched the championship once each.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's Young Warriors take on Lesotho today in a Group C tie at Eldorado Park while Amajita will entertain Seychelles tomorrow at the same venue.

Mozambique will take on Swaziland. - CAJ

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