15 July 2013

Southern Africa: Cosafa Cup 2013 - Day 10 Preview

press release

The semifinals of the Plate competition at the COSAFA Cup Zambia 2013 will be held in Kitwe on Tuesday, offering some comfort to those teams knocked out in the quarterfinal stage at the weekend.

The Plate competition is a new innovation at this year's tournament, allowing those unlucky losers in the Last 8 the chance to play more matches and not leave Zambia empty-handed.

Both matches will be played at the Arthur Davies Stadium, and each should provide rich entertainment for the supporters who have flocked to watch the regional showpiece so far.

Malawi will tackle Angola in the first Plate semifinal (kick-off 15h00), while Mozambique are up against Namibia (kick-off 17h00).

The Malawians lost to Zimbabwe via a penalty shoot-out in a close quarterfinal on Saturday, while Angola were ousted by Lesotho a day later.

Matches between the Flames and Palancas Negras have been tight affairs down the years, with Angola edging the head-to-head three to two from the six matches played.

Their last meeting was in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations that Angola hosted, when they beat Malawi 2-0 in the first round group stage.

Malawi coach Tom Saintfiet, who was only recently appointed on a short-term contract to get the side to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, said he was proud of the performance against Zimbabwe and believed his team deserved more.

He will be hoping now for a morale-boosting display against a young but talented Angola side who showed glimpses of their potential in the penalties defeat to Lesotho.

Namibia boss Ricardo Mannetti felt a lack of experience hurt his side in their 2-1 quarterfinal loss to South Africa, but again was pleased with the battling qualities shown by the team.

Mozambique were on the wrong side of a 3-1 loss to hosts Zambia in their quarterfinal, and also now face a difficult task against a Namibian side they have beaten just once in the eight previous meetings between the sides.

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