COSAFA: Angola and Mauritius in ugly duel

16 Jun 2016 21:40pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JUN (NAMPA) – Mauritius beat Angola by two goals to nil in the last Group B game of the Council of South African Football Associations (Cosafa) Castle Cup at the Independence Stadium on Thursday.
In probably the worst attended match of the tournament so far, the Indian Islanders scored as early as the second minute through Luis Marco Dorza. The second goal came in the 36th minute from the boot of Jean-Pierre Sophie, who beat two young Angolan defenders to raffle home. The rest of the first half was nothing to write home about as both teams resorted to being physical against each other. Chances were few and far between as the first half ended two goals to nil in favour of the Islanders.
The second half was no different as the physicality continued with both sets of players displaying unsportsmanlike behaviour. As tempers continued to flare, Angolan captain Carlos Guimaraes Do Carmo was given a straight red card in the 78th minute for a tackle on Mauritius captain Jonathan Antonio Emmanuel Permal as the midfield battle continued. Within a minute of his dismissal, goal scorer Jean Pierre Sophie followed him to the shower as he too saw a straight red card for another blatant foul. In the end the Angolans had to settle for a third straight defeat without scoring a single goal and the worst disciplinary record in the group stages of this year’s tournament.
The coach of the Angolan side Jose Augusto Matias however defended his players’ indiscipline, saying most of the yellow cards given to his players were undeserved. He further went on to question the referee’s credibility, saying “The referees in this tournament have been generally weak as they made too many poor judgements, most of which went against my boys. But in general we did not take this tournament serious as we used it as a warm-up for the two games we have against Egypt.”
His Mauritian counterpart Joe Hubert Tshupula Kande was satisfied with the overall performance of his team, noting that his team is growing each day. “It was important that we finish well as we are building a team that we hope will challenge for Cosafa honours in future. I am not disappointed at all,” he said.