South Africa claimed the 2021 Cosafa Cup title after defeating Senegal 5-4 on penalties at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday evening.
It was an encouraging period for Bafana Bafana, but the game turned scrappy and congested as both sides looked to establish control in midfield.
However, few minutes later into the clash, the host nation saw plenty of the ball, but struggled to create anything by way of goalscoring opportunities.
Senegal, on the other hand, barely ventured into Bafana’s half.
Despite Morena Ramoreboli’s boys early dominance, it was then the west African guest nation’s turn to up things in the field of play.
The Lions of Teranga started to dictate the match, but were unable to breakthrough Bafana’s solid defence.
The stoppage time of the first half sparked an end-to-end few minutes.
Back out for the remaining half, both sides struggled to find any rhythm on the ball, but it continued to be South Africa who enjoyed the majority of the rare attacking pressure.
As Bafana continued to weather a spirited second period, it was unfortunate that they were unable to test Pape Ndiaye in the Senegalese goal.
Neither of the sides could manage to score a goal in the regulation time which led to the extra-time.
After 120 tiresome minutes, the game ended goalless and went straight to the penalty shootouts.
At the end of the day, it was Bafana who walked away victorious, with all the bragging rights.
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By Mauwane Raophala