Tau, Mothiba Secure Four Nations Title For Bafana
Four Nations Final Report: Bafana Bafana v Zambia 24 March 2018
Four Nations Final
Result: South Africa 2-0 Zambia
Date: 24 March 2018
Venue: Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
Bafana Bafana won the Four Nations tournament after defeating Zambia 2-0 in the final with a Mamelodi Sundowns star getting on the scoresheet.
Click through the gallery above for some snaps from Bafana's celebrations
Justin Shonga almost opened the scoring for Chipolopolo in the ninth minute after going through one-on-one with Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune but the Kaizer Chiefs man made a crucial save.
Percy Tau gave Stuart Baxter’s charges the lead in the 15th minute with a close-range finish after the Zambia goalkeeper failed to collect a cross in the air.
Tau had the chance to double the lead for Bafana and register a brace for himself in the 22nd minute after going through on goal but the Mamelodi Sundowns forward fired wide.
Wedson Nyirenda’s troops enjoyed good combination play towards half-an-hour going forward but they lacked the final ball as they hardly troubled Khune.
The Zambians started to threaten after 35 minutes, bringing Bafana’s number one shot-stopper Khune to action but they could not find the equaliser.
Bafana kept their discipline at the back and went into the break with a 1-0 lead over Chipolopolo.
Ramahlwe Mphahlele made a terrible back-pass a minute into the second half that almost handed Chipolopolo the equaliser, but Khune made a crucial intervention to deny Fasjon Sakala a goal,
Khune kept Bafana in the match approaching the hour-mark as the Zambians were forcing the visitors into errors and getting into good positions to score.
The Kaizer Chiefs shot-stopper came to Bafana’s rescue again in the 65th minute to deny Festus Mbewe following a wonderful strike from the Zambian from outside the box.
The flow of the match was interrupted with 15 minutes to go as Khune was being attended to by the Bafana medical team after he landed awkwardly.
However, Lebogang Mothiba sealed the win for Bafana shortly after coming on as a substitute with his second goal of the tournament in the 89th minute.
Here's how they started:
Bafana: Itumeleng Khune, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Daniel Cardoso, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Innocent Maela, Teboho Mokoena, Siphesihle Ndlovu, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Keegan Dolly, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Percy Tau.
Subs: Brendan Peterson, Reeve Frosler, Sifiso Hlanti, Motjeka Madisha, Dean Furman, Aubrey Modiba, Themba Zwane, Phakamani Mahlambi, Lebogang Mothiba, Thembinkosi Lorch, Ryan Moon.