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An Apson Manjate goal gave Mozambique a 1-0 victory over 10-man Angola Thursday in the Cosafa Cup plate competition final.
Tall, pencil-thin Manjate scored his third goal is as many southern Africa national team champioship games with one minute left of the opening half.
Vado failed to cut off a pass from Manuel Uetimane and Manjate took advantage to hammer the ball past goalkeeper Nelson from close range in mining city Kitwe.
Manjate plays for powerful Maputo outfit Liga Muculmana and also scored in the quarter-finals loss to hosts Zambia and plate semi-finals win over Namibia.
However, he fell one goal short of joining leading scorer Jerome Ramatlhakwane from Botswana at the top of the Golden Boot charts.
While livelier Mozambique deservedly won a clash of the two Portuguese-speaking countries in the region, they were helped by a strange dismissal.
Defender Abdul received a straight red card on 64 minutes for what the Malawian referee considered a dangerous tackle.
But Uruguay-born Angola coach Gustavo Ferrin reflected the view of most in the small Arthur Davies Stadium crowd by repeatedly shaking his head.
Angola were angry with the referee again during stoppage time as claims for hand ball by a Mozambican defender were ignored.
A common feature of rugby union tournaments, the plate event was introduced this year for the losing quarter-finalists with Malawi and Namibia eliminated Tuesday.
The Cosafa Cup concludes Saturday in nearby city Ndola with South Africa playing Lesotho for third place before the final between Zambia and holders Zimbabwe.