COSAFA: Swaziland advances to quarterfinals

13 Jun 2016 22:30pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JUN (NAMPA) – Swaziland beat Seychelles 4-0 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Monday evening and have advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Castle Cup.
At the end of the Group A match on Monday, Swaziland had four points after a 2-2 draw against Zimbabwe in their first match of the competition on Saturday.
Swaziland's Sihlangu Semnikati (King's Shield) opened their account in the 14th minute of the game from a header by Felix Badenshorst after a successful corner kick from Tony Tsabedze.
Badenshorst scored again in the 33rd minute, giving the ‘Mountain Kingdom’ squad the lead at the half-time break.
Swazi midfielder Njabulo Mfanzile Ndlovu advanced the score in the 67th minute, before a wonderful spot-kick by Wonder Nhleko added a fourth goal to their tally.
Seychelles restored their confidence going into the second half of the match, creating numerous chances at goal but these did not yield any goal.
Speaking during a post-match media conference, Swaziland head coach Harries Sobazile Bulunga said his players played well.
Echoing a similar view, Cosafa leading scorer Badenshorst said they have been working hard to prepare for this tournament and the result they got was just a reflection of their sacrifices over the last few months.
Badenshorst replaced Angolan striking force Gabadinho Hellings Mhango as the top goal scorer of the tournament, having scored four goals in the competition so far. Badenhorst was also selected as ‘Man of the Match’ Monday. He scored two goals against Zimbabwe on Saturday.
Swaziland have now beaten Seychelles four times in Cosafa history. The two teams drew once.
Sihlangu Semnikati have reached the semi-finals on three occasions in 1999, 2002 and 2003.
Seychelles are bottom of Group A with zero points as it also lost the opening match against Madagascar last Saturday.
Seychelles head coach Ralph Jean Louis said they aimed to go to the quarterfinals but “unfortunately this is football and we have to accept the result”.
They have been eliminated from the competition even if they win against Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
Swaziland face Madagascar in the last group game on the same day.
The 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup commenced here on Saturday and ends 25 June. Namibia are defending champions.