CAF – October 2008
Marcelino Fransch scored both goals as South Africa retained their Cosafa Senior Challenge Cup in August, defeating Mozambique 2-1 in the
final inThulamahashe. Fransch had South Africa 1-0 up at half-time, snapping up a rebound off the upright after a speculative cross-cum-shot from Lefa Tsutsulupa had caught Mozambique goalkeeper Marcelino out of position. The rebound sat up perfectly for Cape Town-based Fransch, who needed no second invitation. From close range, Fransch added a second goal on the hour mark after poor defending from the Mozambicans, who had dominated play but failed to set up any real scoring opportunities. The striker hammered home a left-footed shot to effectively hand South Africa their third Cosafa Senior Challenge title. They now join Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe as triple winners of the annual southern African championship. Mozambique got a consolation goal three minutes into stoppage time at the end of the game when captain Tico-Tico’s trickery in the penalty area set up an easy tap-in for substitute Txuma. Tsutsulupa was named the best player of the tournament. Zambia, who were edged out by South Africa in last year’s final, beat Madagascar 2-0 to take third place.
Ocean Boys will represent Nigeria
in next year’s CAF Confederation Cup after they defeated Gombe United 7-6 on penalties in the Nigerian FA Cup in July. Spot kicks were required after the sides were inseparable at 2-2 at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, north-central Nigeria, with goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa the Cup hero when he tucked home the winning kick for Ocean Boys. In the third-place match of the Cup competition, Nasarawa United beat Enyimba 1-0.