COSAFA : Bafana Bafana on route to their fourth cosafa title
Bafana Bafana beat Lesotho on penalties in the 2016 edition COSAFA Castle Cup quarterfinal between South Africa and Lesotho at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia on Saturday.
Bafana Bafana beat Lesotho in penalties 4-2 after both teams ended the game 1-1.
Former Chiefs Goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse saved two penalties in the shoot-out.
Bafana Bafana are still waiting to see who they will play between Zambia and Swaziland who are set to lock horns tomorrow.
Bafana Bafana should have won the game comfortably as they controlled the majority of the ball possession but they struggled to take the lead as most their shots were dealt with easily
Lesotho Jane Thabo-Ntso has been superb in this COSAFA Castle Cup tournament and he grabbed his third goal with a superb lob over Pieterse on 19 minutes. after Bafana Bafana defence switched off
South Africa kept on probing Lesotho for an equalizer and the game went into Half Time with Lesotho leading 1-0
South Africa came back into the second half and picked up where they left off and saw the introduction of NFD Top goal score Thabiso Kutumela in the place of Lorch.
Gift Motupa grabbed the equalizer by a header on the 66th Minute after a great cross from Tebogo Moerane
Bafana Bafana were reduced to 10 man after Gift Motupa was red carded for a second bookable offence in the 86th minute.
Bafana Bafana held on to force the game into a penalty shot out
The penalty shot out didn’t start well for South Africa as Coetzee missed the first spot kick.
Pieterse saved Masia and Khutlang spot kicks to hand South Africa the advantage
All was left for Mekoa to score the winning penalty and make sure South Africa is still on track for the forth COSAFA title
Both Lesotho and Namibia now drop into the Plate competition.
The semi Final will be played on Wednesday
Bafana Bafana are still on course to winning their forth COSAFA Title. South Africa will be looking to the likes of Zambia and Zimbabwe as the only teams to have won the title on four occasions. Bafana won it in 2002, 2007 and 2008, and here’s a brief look at how those three titles came about.
Shakes Mashaba is looking for his second COSAFA title after winning it in 2002, where they beat Malawi 4-1 in a two legged final with goals from Patrick Mayo, Jimmy Kauleza and Tso Vilakazi
South Africa XI: Reyaad Pieterse, Rivaldo Coetzee, Tshepo Rikhotso, Lebogang Phiri, Abbubaker Mobara, Gift Motupa, Thembela Sikhakhane, Tebogo Moerane, Thembinkosi Lorch, Judas Moseamedi, Maphosa Modiba.
Subs: Nkosingiphile Gumede, Siphesishle Stuurman, Rebo Malepe, Thabiso Kutumela, Menzi Masuku, Phumlani Ntshangase, Deolin Mekoa, Jody February.
Lesotho XI: Daniel Jousse, Basia Makepe, Mafa Moremoholo, Kopano Tseka, Hlompo Kalake, Mabuti Potloane, Kefuoe Mahula, Jane Thaba-Ntso, Tsepo Seturumane, Jeremea Kamela, Tumelo Khutlang.
Subs: Liteboho Mokhehle, Sepiriti Malefane, Phafa Tsosane, Sera Motebang, Motlomelo Mkwanazi, Montoeli Sonopo, Thabo Seakhoa.