Victor Letsoalo got his Bafana Bafana debut up and running with a hat-trick as they thrashed Lesotho 4-0 in their Cosafa Cup clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
South Africa have grown more accomplished with every outing, offered the latest evidence of the resolve and discipline that the new technical team has brought to the national team.
The first-half had been claustrophobic, shaped by Lesotho’s reluctance to take risks in the first three minutes of the game and the impression that they would be happy going into the half-time break all level.
However, South Africa looked increasingly comfortable and there was a sense, though, that Bafana Bafana would eventually summon a moment of clarity.
In the fifth minute, Bafana broke the deadlock with a beautiful header from Victor Letsoalo.
The hosts were confident in their technical ability, playing out from the back even when they were under pressure – offering their opponents little room to create.
There was no way through for ‘Likuena’ (Crocodiles), who were wasteful when a chance to level matters finally arrived.
As the first half wore on, Mkhulise added to the scoreline in the 20th minute of the encounter.
At the end of the first 45, Letsoalo scored his second goal of the day.
Morena Ramoreboli’s troops continued to probe and put pressure on Lesotho in the second half.
It had been easy to worry about the awkward nature of the Crocodiles’ threat given the manner in which Bafana contained Lesie Makhetha Notsi’s side in the second period.
It was not over for Letsoalo, who netted his third goal in the 57th minute of the mouthwatering showpiece to put the last nail in the coffin.
With all being said, Bafana are through to the semi-finals of this tournament, with only one game left to play in Group A against Zambia tomorrow.
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By Mauwane Raophala