South Africa defeats Senegal to win first COSAFA Cup in five years

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South Africa were crowned COSAFA Cup champions this year after beating Senegal’s invitational team 5-4 on penalties on Sunday at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

South Africa won the 20th edition of the COSAFA Cup by beating Senegal on penalties at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. / VCG

The game was a close affair and although both teams created chances, it ended scoreless in normal and overtime, forcing the champion to be decided by a penalty shootout.

Senegal missed two attempts as Dominique Mendy saved his shot on goal and goalkeeper Pape Ndiaye flared his effort, the decisive, over the bar. Ethan Brooks had previously missed one of South Africa’s penalties.

The victory saw South Africa win its first COSAFA Cup since 2016, the day the country celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day, an annual international day in honor of the former South African president and icon. anti-apartheid.

The South African players also claimed personal honors after the game. Victor Letsoalo won the Golden Boot Award, Siyethemba Sithebe took home the Man of the Match award in the final in addition to the Player of the Tournament award while captain Veli Mothwa was named the tournament goalkeeper.

Meanwhile, the third / fourth place playoffs earlier today at the same venue were also decided by penalties with Eswatini coming out victorious against Mozambique.

Khethokuhle Mkhontfo came off the bench to score an 89th-minute tying goal for Eswatini canceling Martinho Alberto Thauzene’s goal six minutes before halftime.

Eswatini won the shootout 4-2 after Mozambique missed their last two attempts.



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