Rampant Bafana Progress To COSAFA Cup Final
COSAFA Cup - Semi-Final
Score: South Africa 5-1 Swaziland
Date: 22 June 2016
Venue: Sam Nujoma Stadium
Bafana Bafana progressed to the COSAFA Cup final, after securing a 5-1 win over Swaziland on Wednesday evening.
Shakes Mashaba's side carved out the first opening after nine minutes. Aubrey Modiba was afforded time and space, and unleashed a stinging effort, which was palmed away by Mabila.
Reyaad Pieterse was then called into action in the 18th minute, as the Bafana shot-stopper produced a fine save to keep out Tony Tsabedze's venomous strike from 20-yards out.
Swaziland started to dictate the game after the 20-minute mark with Felix Badenhorst stamping his authority on the game, along with Tsabedze.
Swaziland's pressure eventually paid off in the 37th minute, as Tsabedze was slipped through on goal by Badenhorst and calmly slotted under Pieterse to take the lead.
Bafana struggled to get their passing game going, with Deolin Mekoa and Lebogang Phiri being overrun in the middle of the park, as they went into the break trailing.
Bafana made a double change at the start of the second half, introducing Jody February for Pieterse and Menzi Masuku for Themba Sikhakhane.
Swaziland were reduced to 10 men in the 49th minute when Siyabonga Mdluli picked up his second yellow card of the game for a foul on Judas Moseamedi.
Bafana leveled matters from the resulting free-kick, as Thabiso Kutumela drilled home a low free-kick from the edge of the box.
Mashaba's charges doubled the lead in the 56th minute, as Lebogang Phiri's close range volley took a deflection and sailed into the back of the net.
Bafana made it 3-1 a few minutes later when Masuku pounced on a loose ball in the box and volleyed home from 12-yards out.
Mashaba's side were not done there, as Judas Moseamedi did well to evade his marker, before calmly slotting past Mabila from 12-yards out in the 75th minute, 4-1.
South Africa rounded off the scoring in the 83rd minute as Kutumela turned provider to tee up Masuku for his second and Bafana's fifth of the night, as they progressed to the final., where they will take on Botswana on Saturday.
Here's how they lined up:
Bafana: Reyaad Pieterse; Tebogo Moerane, Themba Sikhakhane, Rivaldo Coetzee(c), Repo Malepe, Abbubaker Mobara, Lebo Phiri, Deolin Mekoa, Aubrey Modiba; Thabiso Kutumela, Judas Moseamedi.
Swaziland: Mabila, Mdluli, Gamedze, Ndzinsa, Lukhele, Badenhorst, Dlamini, Ndlovu, Ginindza ,Tsabedze, Nhleko.