Mauritius, Seychelles bow out in style

Mauritius bowed out of the 2013 Cosafa Senior Challenge in style after putting up a four star performance beating fellow Islanders Seychelles 4-0 in a game played at Nkana Stadium in Kitwe.

With both sides already eliminated it was Mauritius who looked more purposeful and had Winny Calambe getting the ahead in the game after a quarter of an hour’s play.

The Seychelles could have replied instantly but their tournament top scorer Yves Zialor was wasteful and it the Mauritius who doubled the lead in the 33rd minute two goal hero Jean Stephane Pierre who took his tournament tally to three as the two teams sized each other.

However Akbar Patel’s men were not done as their pressure paid off in the 37th minute when Louis Fabian Pithia converted from the spot after Mauritius had a player sent off for an infringement in the box.

It was not all smooth for Pithia as he his penalty was scored on the rebound.

As the two teams got underway for the second half Seychelles opened up their play with Patrick Bonne and Yves making inroads in the Mauritius half but failed to find the back of the net.

However it was Mauritius who got yet another goal when a rampaging Pierre buried the ball beyond the Seychelles goalkeeper who would want to easily forget the Cosafa tournament.

Zilaor who was proving quite a handful upfront headed wide on 77 minutes trying to pull a consolation back on track for his side.

Christopher L’enclume who was man of the match could have been on the score sheet but his effort went over the bar.

In a post match interview Mauritius coach Patel said his side had paid for their loss in their opening game against Namibia.

“We did well today and i am happy we ended on a high note but things could have been different had we not lost in our first match,” Patel said.

“But overall we are happy with the way our tournament has gone and we have picked up vital lessons.”

And his opposite Mark said his side played badly but were happy to have been part of the Cosafa.