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Bafana Advance To COSAFA Cup Plate Final

COSAFA Cup Plate Semi-Final
 
Result: Namibia 1-4 Bafana Bafana
 
Date: 05 June 2018
 
Venue:  Old Peter Mokaba Stadium
 
Bafana Bafana advanced to the COSAFA Cup plate final after thumping Namibia 4-1 at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday evening.
 
Stuart Baxter's men started brightly, with Lebogang Maboe forcing Mbaeva into a fine save inside opening the five minutes,
 
Bafana eventually broke the deadlock on 25 minutes when Aubrey Modiba converted a penalty following hand-ball in the area.
 
Three minutes later, the lead was doubled as Maboe got beyond the Namibian defence before slotting past Mbaeva.
 
Namibia did pull a goal back in the 39th minute as Bloemfontein Celtic's Deon Hotto volleyed home into the bottom corner.
 
However, Maboe bagged his second and Bafana's third a minute later with a close-range finish that deflected home.
 
Siyanda Xulu got the fourth goal for Bafana eight minutes into the second stanza with a simple tap-in at the far post, 4-1.
 
The Brave Warriors could not combine going forward and were often let down by their decision-making in the final third.
 
Gift Links almost netted a cracker for Bafana with a left-footed strike from range 20 minutes before time but his effort sailed slightly wide of the upright.
 
Bafana had a couple half chances to get a fifth goal in the closing minutes but Mbaeva was alert and thwarted the chances as the encounter ended 4-1.
 
Here's how they lined up:
 
Bafana: 16. Pieterse, 5. Xulu, Madisha, 14. Ngezana, 18. Modiba, 11. Makaringe, 6. Meyiwa, 8. Ndlovu, 4. Links (Webber 71'), 7. Maboe, 9. Moon (Foster 81').
 
Subs: 1. Bvuma, 13. Khubeka, 15. Fielies, 3. Mako, 19. Webber, 17. Mosiatlhaga, 20. Foster, 12. Singh
 
Namibia:1. Mbaeva, 4. Hanamub, 3. Gebhardt, 2. Haoseb, 12. Ketjijere, 10. Gome, 7. Hotto, 6. Hambira, 18. Ngaruka, 14. Papanna, 20. Lombard.
 

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