Bafana Bafana Win Consolation Prize

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Bafana Bafana Win Consolation Prize

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By Satish Sekar in Polokwane © Satish Sekar (June 8th 2018)

Stuart Baxter’s young Bafana Bafana delivered on his promise to take the COSAFA Plate seriously with a 3-0 win over the Zebras. His opposite number Major David Bright highlighted the lack of recovery time that his team had to face – a match every other day.

While Baxter kept his word, the South African public were not interested. A sparse crowd witnessed another good performance. Not even the prospect of retaining the Plate could woo them.

Baxter stressed that bar one match where they were beaten by a narrow margin – penalties the Bafana Bafana had performed well, delivering convincing wins. He saw huge positives that he would take into AFCON qualifiers. Ryan Moon headed Siphesihle Ndlovu’s cross wide after 15 minutes and the roles were reversed three minutes later when Moon set up Ndlovu, by heading on Gift Links’ cross, but Ndlovu who had squandered a chance ten minutes earlier, made a hash of the opportunity when, to the disbelief of Baxter, he pulled his shot wide.

Lebohang Maboe won a corner as his effort was tipped over. A short corner routine proved crucial as Mwampole Masube made a hash of Maphosa Modibo’s cross which gave Motjeka Modisha the simple task of heading it in 5 minutes before half time.

Botswana defended resolutely in the second half, but the gruelling schedule caught up with the Zebras. As they tired and sought an equaliser South Africa sought comfort, which came through Modiba after 78 minutes – Ndlovu provided the assist. With a minute remaining Maboe rounded Masube to claim his third of the COSAFA Cup and South Africa’s third of the match.

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