COSAFA: South Africa wins 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup

25 Jun 2016 22:40pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JUN (NAMPA) - South Africa won the 2016 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Castle Cup after beating Botswana 3-2 here on Saturday.
This was the fourth time Bafana Bafana won the competition. The tournament was held in Windhoek from 11 to 25 June.
South Africa qualified for the final after beating Swaziland 5-1 in the semi-finals at the same stadium on Wednesday.
In the final, South Africa and Botswana played a 50-50 game but it was Onkabetse Makgantai of Botswana who opened the score line in the 17th minute. South Africa equalised in the 33rd minute of the game when Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe awarded them a penalty when Boitumelo Mafoko of Botswana brought striker Judas Moseamedi down in the box.
Gift Motupa did not make any mistakes as he converted from the spot for Bafana Bafana to make it a one-all half-time score.
In the second half, both teams came out like houses on fire with dominant play in the middle of the park, but it was South Africa who doubled their score after brilliant play from the midfield handed them their goal through super substitute Thabiso Kutumela in the 65th minute.
Botswana equalised in the 70th minute from a free kick after South African goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse failed to handle Botswana’s super substitute, Kabelo Seakanyeng’s free kick.
With only four minutes to go in the game South Africa were handed another penalty and Motupa made no mistake as he scored his team’s winning goal.
Speaking to the media after the game, South Africa’s coach Shakes Mashaba said he gave the tournament all the respect it deserved and he was proud to win the cup with the youthful team he selected.
“Countries are growing and they are all taking football seriously. South Africa winning this tournament for the fourth time shows that a lot still needs to be done in our football, because this is the 20th Cosafa Castle Cup and we are supposed to have more than four titles. We hope we can defend this title when they host the tournament again next year,” he said.