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July 17, 2021

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Bafana thrash Mozambique to secure final spot

Bafana thrash Mozambique to secure final spot

Bafana players celebrate victory over the Mambas of Mozambique

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SOUTH Africa claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory over Mozambique in the 2021 Cosafa Cup semifinal match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Gqeberha on Friday evening.

Therefore, Bafana Bafana eased into the final where they will take on Senegal on Sunday, while the Mambas are set to face Eswatini in the third-place playoff match on Saturday.

Although it was the Mambas who threatened first through Nilton's shot-cum-cross, which was saved by goalkeeper Veli Mothwa, Bafana were the better side in the first half.

South Africa were looking dangerous from set-pieces with new Orlando Pirates signing Monnapule Saleng delivering two good balls which were punched away by keeper Ernan.

However, Ernan was beaten in the 24th minute when Njabulo Ngcobo rose highest and headed home Siyethembe Sithebe's well-taken set-piece to hand South Africa a 1-0 lead.

Bafana did not take their foot off the pedal after taking the lead as Ernan was forced to produce a decent save - blocking Rushine De Reuck's headed effort a few minutes before half time. 

South Africa were leading 1-0 at the interval courtesy of Kaizer Chiefs' new acquisition, Ngcobo's headed goal. 

The Mambas were under pressure after the restart with Bafana looking to double their lead and Ernan produced a fine save to block a shot from left-back Sifiso Ngobeni, who had made an overlapping run. 

However, Mozambique were unable to clear their lines following Ernan's save and Yusuf Maart pounced and scored with a curling shot to make it 2-0 to South Africa a minute before the hour mark. 

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The 1996 African champions continued to dominate and they were awarded a penalty in the 72nd minute after Victor Letsoalo was fouled by Mapangane inside the box.

Letsoalo dusted himself down and converted the spot-kick himself to make it 3-0 to the tournament hosts and he became South Africa's all-time leading top scorer in the Cosafa Cup with four goals.

Mozambique surged forward in numbers as looked to grab a late consolation goal, but Bafana stood firm at the back and ultimately the match ended in a 3-0 win in favour of South Africa. Cosafa Cup News

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