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Tiny Lesotho pulled off a controversial 2-1 upset win over Angola on Sunday, scoring in the 89th minute to end the Angolans' reign as Cosafa Castle Cup champions.
Striker Teele Ntsonyana took a quick free kick with Angola's players still waiting for the referee's whistle, sending the ball sailing into an empty net for a dramatic semifinal winner.

Referee Aloisious Sesikwe of Botswana let the goal stand in spite of vehement protests from the Angolans and then played an astonishing 13 minutes of stoppage time before blowing the final whistle.

The referee had to be escorted by police from the pitch at the end of game, besieged by angry Angolan players and officials.

Angola, who started as overwhelming favourites to reach the final for a second successive year, went ahead on the half-hour when striker Akwa bent a free kick around the wall.

But the defending champions played a conservative game after that with just a lone striker against a Lesotho team 99 places below them on the latest FIFA rankings.

Lesotho's pressure eventually paid off in the 84th minute when substitute Motlatsi Shale chested a ball off for Motlatsi Maseela to score from close range.

Ntsonyana then caught the Angolans napping with the winner five minutes later, ending their unbeaten record in the regional southern African championship.

The upset win for Lesotho followed a dramatic victory in a penalty shoot-out over Zambia in the quarter-final last month.

Lesotho, ranked 144th in the world, now play either South Africa or Zimbabwe in the two-leg final next month. The second semifinal is played next Saturday in Port Elizabeth.

Cosafa Castle Cup semifinal result: Lesotho 2 Angola 1

Scorers: Lesotho - Motlatsi Maseela 84, Teele Ntsonyana 89

Angola - Akwa 30

Halftime: 0-1; Attendance: 20,000

Teams: Lesotho: 1-Tseliso Thite; 2-Eric Makara (4-Seth Lephoto 89), 3-Thabang Mahlakajoe, 6-Motlatsi Maseela, 9-Mpitsa Marai, 14-Tsepo Hlojeng; 8-Motheo Mohapi (10-Motlatsi Shale 80), 11-Malefetsane Pheko (15-Seth Lephoto 63), 17-Lehlohonolo Seema; 18-Teele Ntsonyana, 5-Lebajoa Mphongoa

Angola: 1-Ndulo; 13-Renato (16-Djana 70), 4-Helder Vicente, 5-Antonio Neto, 11-Yamba Asha; 7-Paulao (6-Taty 79), 8-Carlos Pedro, 9-Joni, 18-Edson Kata; 10-Akwa, 14-Silas

Referee: Alousious Sesikwe (Botswana)
 
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