Bafana Claim Fourth COSAFA Cup Title
COSAFA Cup Final
Result: South Africa 3-2 Botswana
Date: 25 June 2016
Venue: Sam Nujoma Stadium
South Africa claimed their fourth COSAFA Cup title after edging past Botswana 3-2 in an action-packed final on Saturday.
Bafana Bafana put their neighbours under early pressure as they flooded forward in the third minute to give Judas Moseamedi a chance from close range, but the defenders smothered the shot.
The opening strike arrived out of the blue when Onkabetse Makgantai lifted an audacious shot over Reyaad Pieterse, who was caught off his line, to find the back of the net.
However, Shakes Mashaba's charges were back level in the 32nd minute as Gift Motupa slotted a penalty after Judas Moseamedi was fouled in the box by captain Boitumelo Mafoko.
The assistant referee at the far side of the pitch made two shocking decisions just short of the break when he flagged Moseamedi offside twice even though the last touch were backpasses from Botswana players.
South Africa had a big chance shortly after the break when Moseamedi was put through on goal, but he lost control of the ball and saw the opportunity slip away.
At the other end Botswana came agonisingly close as Galenamotlhale rattled the woodwork with a venomous half-volley from range.
Menzi Masuku should have given Bafana the lead just before the hour mark, but he lost his composure and sent a close-range shot well over the bar.
The next goal arrived in the 66th minute as South Africa took the lead for the first time. A quickly taken free kick resulted in a one-two between Motupa and Thabiso Kutumela, who netted for a 2-1 scoreline.
However, the celebrations were short-lived as Pieterse made a terrible mistake between the sticks, letting a free kick go straight through his hands to gift Kabelo Seakanyeng with the equaliser.
The game looked set to go into extra-time, but in the 88th minute Motupa converted another penalty to provide his side with the winning goal, following a handball in the box.
Here's how they lined up:
South Africa: Pieterse, Moerane, Mobara, Coetzee, Malepe, Masuku, Phiri, Mekoa, Modiba, Motupa, Moseamedi
Botswana: Masule, Mafoko, Gaolaolwe, Kebue, Ramoraka, Galenamotlhale, Tshireletso, Ditsele, Gadibolae, Makgantai, Sesinyi