South Africa clinch COSAFA Plate Final with win over Botswana
Siphesihle Ndlovu of South Africa challenged by Lesenya Ramoraka of Botswana during the 2018 COSAFA Cup match between South Africa and Botswana at Peter Mokaba Stadiuml, Polokwane on 08 June 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Friday Jun 08, 2018. 19:27
South Africa beat Botswana 3-0 to lift the 2018 COSAFA Cup Plate trophy at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Friday.
The hosts came from a 4-1 win over Namibia in the semi-finals whilst their neighbours defeated Swaziland 2-0.
Despite a slow start to the match, Bafana Bafana had the upper hand when it comes to ball possession, but they could not find their way through.
They came close to breaking the deadlock in the 18th minute when Siphesihle Ndlovu’s half volley sailed inches wide.
The deadlock was finally broken when Motjeka Madisha scored with a well taken header in the 38th minute, beating the Botswana keeper on his near post.
It was 1-0 at half time.
Three minutes into the second stanza, Botswana came close to finding an equaliser through Onkabetse Makgantai whose effort hit the crossbar.
Against the run of play, Bafana doubled their lead through Aubrey Modiba in the 79th minute after catching the visitors on a counter attack.
Maboe made it three after selling the keeper a dummy in a one-on-one scenario in the 88th minute, 3-0
Bafana held on to their lead as they comfortably defeated their neighbours and clinched the Plate final.
South Africa: (1) 3 (Madisha 38’, Modiba 79’, Maboe 88’)
South Africa: Pieterse, Madisha, Mako, Links (Webber 71’), Xulu, Meyiwa, Maboe (Singh 89’), Ndlovu, Moon (Foster 80’), Ngezana, Modiba
Botswana: Masule, Kebue, Maikano, Phiri (Molefi 80’), Keredilwe, Seakanyeng, Makgantai, Baruti (Orebonye 55’), Sosome, Modingwane (Mohutsiwa 66’), Ramoraka
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