SOUTH AFRICA TO FACE BOTSWANA IN SATURDAY’S COSAFA CUP FINAL

South Africa will face Botswana in the final of this year’s Cosafa Cup competition at the Sam Nujoma Stadium here Saturday after coming back from a goal down to beat Swaziland 5-1 in the semi-final.

In the other semi-final on Wednesday, Botswana edged the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 5-4 in a penalty shootout after full time ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

South Africa had a golden opportunity to score on nine minutes when some neat interplay resulted in Judas Moseamedi receiving the ball 14-yards out from goal, but his curling effort was brilliantly saved by Sandile Ginindiza.

Swaziland though had started the game well and had a decent chance themselves on 18 minutes when Tony Tzabedze left Abbubaker Mobara for dead before rifling in a swerving shot from range, but South African keeper Reyaad Pieterse showed fantastic reflexes to keep out the shot.

Tzabedze showed a cool head by slotting the ball between Pieterse’s legs after a wonderful bit of vision by Felix Badenhorst had seen him clean through on goal seven minutes before half-time.

Swaziland, however, found themselves on the back foot five minutes after the restart when a second yellow card for centre-back Siyabonga Mdluli saw their numbers reduced to 10, the resultant free kick slammed home into the bottom corner by Kutumela.

It took only another five minutes for Shakes Mashaba’s side to take the lead, Phiri seeing his powerful volley deflecting off a defender and into the net after Swaziland had failed to properly clear a cross into the box.

South Africa were now running rampant, and it was 3-1 on the hour mark when Menzi Masuku struck with a low drive from 15 yards out after Ginindiza had spilt a cross. Moseamedi added the fourth goal in the 75th minute, beating a couple of defenders in the box before squeezing the ball in at the near post.

Masuku wrapped up proceedings with a simple tap in at the far post to complete his brace and a comfortable win for Bafana.

Source: Nam News Network