Mozambique edge out Seychelles
Posted: 28 June 2017 Time: 19:50
Mozambique kept themselves in the running for a place in the COSAFA Castle Cup quarter-finals following Tuesday's 2-1 win over Seychelles, who are now out of contention.
With Group B joint-leaders Zimbabwe and Madagascar playing to a draw in the night’s other game, the door was left open for one of Seychelles and Mozambique to take their chance, which is just what the Pirates did.
The result gives Mozambique their first points of the tournament, leaving them just one adrift of the top two heading into the final round of group matches, while Seychelles are mathematically out of the running with zero points from two games.
Seychelles thought they had taken the lead with 13 minutes gone after putting the ball in the back of the net, although the celebrations were cut short as the referee had blown for a foul in the build-up.
It was then Mozambique who came close but Muze saw his shot cleared off the line by Eric, before the Pirates went up the other end and brought a save from the goalkeeper through Hall’s effort.
The Mambas then looked for all the world as though they would take a 1-0 lead into the break as Nelson went clean through one-on-one with the goalkeeper, only to somehow place his effort wide of the target.
Mozambique seemed to take control after the interval as Nelson forced the keeper into another save with 47 minutes gone, although the gloveman was beaten just one minute later as Stelio put the ball into the back of the net.
However, Seychelles weren’t out of it yet and found a reply with 63 minutes gone through Melanie to leave the game finely poised entering the final half an hour of play.
Hall then came close to turning the game on its head but saw his shot turned away by the keeper, and it would prove a vital save as it was the Mozambicans who would score next, Simango firing home to restore the away team’s lead with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Seychelles: Dingwall, Esther, Marie, Melanie, Waye-Hive, Tamboo, Hall, Mellie, Onezia, Hopprich, Padayachy
Mozambique: Victor, Simbine, Stelio, Danilo, Abilio, Nuno, Simango, Nelson, Milton, Mario