Bafana Bafana Wins 2021 COSAFA Championship
South Africa beat Senegal on penalties to win the COSAFA cup on Sunday in Gqeberha. This becomes the fifth COSAFA championship won by Bafana Bafana. Read further for more.
After a tough clash between Bafana Bafana and Senegal on Sunday, penalties had to be the decider of the winner.
The Bafana team hadn’t conceded a goal throughout the tournament which has become the boost of confidence building to their victory.
Bafana’s best chance fell on Njabulo Ngcobo in the 71st minute of the game. Ngcobo could only produce a tame effort directing his kick into the hands of Senegalese Goalkeeper, Pape Ndiaye.
South Africa was also in danger of losing the game after its midfielder, Ethan Brooks’, penalty kick was saved by Senegalese Keeper, Ndiaye.
The Bafana shot-stopper and captain, Veli Mothwa, also made a brilliant save denying the Senegalese Dominique Mendy a victorious opportunity. This effort directed the pressure back to Senegal and it proved too much for Ndiaye to handle as he kicked his only resulting attempt over the crossbar to hand the victory to South Africa.
Scoring chances were few during the extra-time from both sides with best efforts from both sides of the game had to come down to penalties.
Bafana Bafana controlled possession in extra-time with Senegal seemingly happy to have the game decided on penalties following their shootout success over Eswatini in the semi-finals, but it would be South Africa that became victorious in the end.
Chippa United skipper and goalkeeper Mothwa has been a shining light between the posts despite the club being caught in a battle to save their status in the premier league. His performance gave him a Bafana Bafana call up and Captaincy responsibility.
This victory will be a positive start for Bafana Bafana as they will be attempting to qualify in big stages like Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup.
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