After the unfortunate events of four teams (Comoros, Botswana, Zimbabwe and eSwatini) disqualified at the ongoing COSAFA Under-17 tournament in Port Elizabeth, the organizers moved swiftly to set a new fixture schedule.
Today, the tournament will start with a blockbuster double-header, with Angola playing against the defending champions Zambia at 12:30, followed by an intriguing tie between South Africa versus Malawi at 15:30.
The FARPost Technical Study Group (TSG) will preview both round-robin matches, beginning with Angola v Zambia
1. Angola U17
1.1 What to expect from Angola U17?
The Angolan U17 team is a class act, crafted and bred to play a solid possession football. They are ready to play from the back and can rotate the ball through the centre.
Their real intention is to play through the wings where Andre Muhongo is a lethal wide midfielder capable of running at defenders.
1.2 System of play
The team relies on an effective 1-3-4-3 formation. Aggressive overlapping and overloading of the left side, with Muhongo and Jeremias Kossi important players in the attacking outlook.
In defense, the juniors from Angola prefer to apply frontal pressing and ball-orientated defense in a 1-4-5-1 defensive structure.
1.3 Player to watch
With a Man of the Match performance against Zimbabwe, the nippy Muhongo is certainly a player to keep under immense scrutiny. Muhongo has similar traits to Elias Pelembe.
2. Zambia U17
2.1 What to expect from Chipolopolo U17
A well-balanced team that mixes high technical ability with sheer athleticism. This group of players define what Zambian football is all about—creativity on the ball, imagination and physical calamity.
Having rolled over the Comoros U17 with great ease, the Zambian U17 remains the more lethal team of this tournament.
2.2 System of play
Overall the Zambian U17 utilizes a flexible 1-4-2-3-1 and 1-4-3-3 attack applications. Central to their tactical style is a decisive patient build-up controlled brilliantly by the midfield anchors (Dominic Kanda and Julius Kumwenda).
In the defensive strata, their pressing intention is more intense and relentless as compared to Angola U17. Expect a tactical-defensive unit of 1-4-4-2 when possession is lost.
3.3 Player to watch
Charles Majapa Mumba is extra special. Soft on the ball and technically quick. Plays between the lines and has an ability to enter the penalty box undetected.
Scored the opener against Comoros and duly picked up the Man of the Man accolade. FARPost TSG believe that Mumba will be voted the Best Player of the Tournament.
By FARPost Technical Study Group