Mashaba: The Boys Showed Character
South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba praised the character his players showed after they beat Botswana to claim the COSAFA Cup on Saturday.
Bafana Bafana came back from a goal down to edge out their neighbours 3-2 in Namibia to clinch their fourth COSAFA Cup title.
Mashaba was delighted with the result and credited his side's attitude after going down 1-0 early in the game.
He said, "Well done to the Botswana team. They played very well. But we knew and expected this (result). Congratulations to my boys. They showed good character. Through the whole tournament we've always come from behind.
"It was a good game, and I think the spectators must have enjoyed this game. The only thing we didn't want to happen was a penalty shootout.
"I'd like to say to COSAFA as well, that we need to work hard to improve football in southern Africa. It is now our 20th year with COSAFA but the form keeps on going up and down. We need to do something, but I don't know what.
"To all teams that were here, congratulations. They showed their mettle. We are happy that this trophy remains in the southern region."