Madagascar attacking midfielder Andriamirado Andrianarimanana, better known as Dax, was named COSAFA Player of the Tournament, while Zimbabwe stopper Chigova won Goalkeeper of the Tournament.
Madagascar might have failed to reach the finals but the islanders won some consolation by edging out Zimbabwean and Zambian players to the gong.
Dax was no doubt Brilliant in the tournament helping his side top their group with seven points before knocking out highly fancied hosts South Africa at the quarter-final stage. Madagascar went on to secure 4th place of the tournament after losing to Lesotho in the 3rd place play off.
Meanwhile George Chigova contribution in helping Zimbabwe into the final was widely recognised and on Saturday he won the award for the best goalkeeper of the tournament.
Chigova did well at the quarter-finals to save 3 penalty kicks against Botswana which knocked off the Zebras before saving two again in a penalty shootout against Lesotho in the semi final propelling the team to the finals. And again Chigova proved a mountain too high for the Zambians as he kept the Warriors in the game with crucial saves as the Warriors clinched the title.
The top goalscorer prize was claimed by Botswana forward Onkabetse Makgantai, who netted five times in his side’s six games.
Zimbabwe took home R500,000 for their tournament win, while Zambia will have to settle for R250,000. Lesotho claim R150,000 for finishing third and Madagascar R125,000 for fourth.
South Africa picked up R100,000 after they won the Plate final, beating Botswana 3-0 on Friday.