IN PICS | 2021 COSAFA Beach Soccer Championship

20 November 2021 - 14:18 By Sandile Ndlovu
General view of a makeshift soccer field where Mozambique and Tanzania were fighting for a spot in the next round during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban.
General view of a makeshift soccer field where Mozambique and Tanzania were fighting for a spot in the next round during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu

The 2021 COSAFA Beach Soccer Championship started on Wednesday with SA beating Seychelles 4-1.

Six countries — SA, Mozambique, Angola, Tanzania, Seychelles and Comoros — participated in the tournament.

Mozambique will face Tanzania in the final after both won through tough semifinal fixtures at Durban’s South Beach on Friday.

Xolani Hlela of South Africa challeges Angolan goalkeeper Joaquim Sardinha during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban.
Xolani Hlela of South Africa challeges Angolan goalkeeper Joaquim Sardinha during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban.
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Stephano Walles Mapunda of Tanzania beats Mozambican goalkeeper Manuel Domingos Tivane in their clash during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban.
Stephano Walles Mapunda of Tanzania beats Mozambican goalkeeper Manuel Domingos Tivane in their clash during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban.
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Euripedes Francisco of Angola falls as he is tackled by Nduduzo Phakathi during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban.
Euripedes Francisco of Angola falls as he is tackled by Nduduzo Phakathi during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban.
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Ammar Ali Said of Comoros and captain of Tanzania Ismail Gambo fight for a ball during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban.
Ammar Ali Said of Comoros and captain of Tanzania Ismail Gambo fight for a ball during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban.
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The match will be played on Sunday (kickoff 15h00 CAT) and is a repeat of their epic 4-4 draw in the group phase that was eventually won on penalties by the Mozambicans. Mozambique rallied from 3-1 down to defeat hosts SA 5-3 in the first semifinal, living up to their billing as pre-tournament favourites.

They were assisted by a red card shown to SA’s Minenhle Ndlovu, who had already netted twice for the home side before being given his marching orders. Nduduzo Phakathi scored the other goal for the South Africans as he took his tally in the tournament to five.

But a hat-trick from the excellent Nelson Manuel, and further goals from Rachide Smith and Ramosette Cumbe, gave the Mozambicans a comfortable win in the end.

Moeva Chakira of Comoros strike an overhead kick while Yahaya Said Tumbo of Tanzania tries to make a stop during COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban. Image: SANDILE NDLOVU
Moeva Chakira of Comoros strike an overhead kick while Yahaya Said Tumbo of Tanzania tries to make a stop during COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban. Image: SANDILE NDLOVU
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'Manuel's goals take him to the top of the scorers chart with six in the competition so far. Angola were perhaps the more fancied side going into their semifinal, but found themselves 4-0 down against Tanzania, who were much the brighter of the teams in the opening two periods.

The goals were largely self-inflicted for the Angolans, with defensive errors and goalkeeper howlers as Stephano Mapunda (two), Abdulkadir Tabib, Ibrahim Hassani and Jaruph Juma were on target for the Tanzanians.

The player known as End-Cole scored twice for Angola to keep their interest alive. Comoros won the Plate Final as they overcame an early surge from Seychelles to edge their rivals 5-4 in the battle of the islanders.

Nelson Manuels of Mozambique is blocked by Ismail Gambo of Tanzania during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban. Photo: SANDILE NDLOVU
Nelson Manuels of Mozambique is blocked by Ismail Gambo of Tanzania during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban. Photo: SANDILE NDLOVU
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Tanzanian Captain Ismail Gambo blocks a bicycle kick by Moeva Charika of Comoros during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban. Image: SANDILE NDLOVU
Tanzanian Captain Ismail Gambo blocks a bicycle kick by Moeva Charika of Comoros during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban. Image: SANDILE NDLOVU
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Abdulkadir Ali Tabib of Tanzania is challenged by Ammar Ali Said and Djafar Soilihi of Comoros during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban. Photo: SANDILE NDLOVU
Abdulkadir Ali Tabib of Tanzania is challenged by Ammar Ali Said and Djafar Soilihi of Comoros during the COSAFA Beach Soccer Tournament in Durban. Photo: SANDILE NDLOVU
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