Result: Bafana 2-1 Namibia
Date: 13 July 2013
Bafana Bafana moved into the semi-finals of the Cosafa Cup with a 2-1 win over Namibia on Saturday afternoon.
The opening 45 minutes were played at a frantic pace but neither side was really able to carve out decent chances to take the lead.
Jakob Pinehas blasted an early effort high and wide eight minutes into the game as the Zambian fans got behind the underdogs.
Petrus Shitembi then saw a shot blocked while Pinehas worked Wayne Sandilands into a save in the 16th minute of the match.
Edward Manqele was being smothered by the Namibian defence and he saw a shot miss the target at the other end while Shitembi looped a volley straight to Sandilands on the half-hour mark.
Coach Gordon Igesund made a change in the 32nd minute with Sibusiso Khumalo coming off for Ruzaigh Gamildien to give Bafana some more in attack.
The Brave Warriors goalkeeper seemed a little shaky despite the lack of work and he unconvincingly palmed a Lerato Chabangu shot off target.
Neither side was able to find a goal late in the half as the game went into the break locked at 0-0.
The game exploded into life moments into the second-half when substitute Jabulani Shongwe blasted a shot at goal which went in off the hands of the goalkeeper.
The Brave Warriors stormed forward to find a way back into the game and saw Shitembi have a shot hit his own player after dancing along the edge of the area.
Bafana made it 2-0 moments later though and Chabangu produced a stunning piece of skill to lift the crowd and ditch his defender. His ball in was poor though but they defender failed to clear properly and Kekana thumped his finish into the bottom corner.
The referee awarded a penalty to Namibia after the ball struck an arm in the area, though the decision seemed soft. Things got even more controversial when Sandilands saved the first spot kick but it was ordered to be taken again. Stephanus Willy then stopped completely on his run-up for the retaken penalty before finding the top corner and the goal was allowed to stand.
Sandilands would come up with some superb saves in the dying minutes of the match as Namibia looked for a late equaliser but in the end Bafana had done enough to secure the win.
Bafana: Wayne Sandilands, Tshepo Gumede, Sibusiso Khumalo, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Hlompho Kekana, Sibusiso Msomi, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Lerato Chabangu, Lebogang Manyama, Edward Manqele, Mzikayise Mashaba.
Namibia: Virgil Vries, Angula Da Costa, Willem Mwedihanga, Larry Horaeb, Denzil Hoaseb, Ananias Gebhardt, Freedom Puriza, Petrus Shitembi, Neville Tjiueza, Jakob Pinehas, Sydney Urikhob.