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Bafana Bafana to face Senegal in Cosafa final

Bafana Bafana have reached the Cosafa Cup final for the first time since 2016.

This comes after beating Mozambique 3-0 in the semi final at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Njabulo Ngcobo, Yusuf Maart and Victor Letsoalo (penalty) were all on the scoresheet to set a date with guest nation Senegal.

For Letsoalo, it was his fourth goal in the competition, meaning he’s top scorer in this competition in just three appearances having arrived late.

The Lions of Teranga reached the final after they edged eSwatini 2-0 on penalty shoot outs after the game ended 2-2 in the regulation time in the earlier semis.

The game saw caretaker coach Morena Ramoreboli continuing in charge for Bafana, despite Helman Mkhalele having recovered from Covid-19.

What might be amusing stats for Bafana technical team is that they are yet to concede a goal in this tournament on their way to reach the final on Sunday.

They first beat Botswana 1-0 in what was the first game of the tournament in the group stages, then followed that up with another 1-0 win over eSwatini.

Soon goals flowed for Bafana as they thumped Lesotho 4-0 with Letsoalo historically grabbing a hat-trick.

Knowing that the job was done, Bafana completed the group stages with a goalless draw against Zambia.

Interestingly, every time Bafana have reached the Cosafa final they win it, as they did in 2002, 2007, 2008 and 2016.

But they will be tested against the Senegalese side, who have physically big boys, unlike Mozambique who gave a little trouble to the South Africans. To some up how poor they were, the Mambas didn’t have a shot at goal in the first half.

This semi final between the two was the repeat of the 2008 Cosafa Cup final in which Bafana claimed a 2-1 success to lift the trophy.

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