08 Jul 2017 12:20pm
BBy Maqonda Ndlovu
MORULENG, 08 JUL (NAMPA) A deflected solitary strike by South Africas Mohau Mokate condemned the Brave Warriors to a one-nil defeat in the 2017 Council of Southern Africa Football Confederations (Cosafa) at Moruleng Stadium on Friday evening.
Playing in the plate final for the second year running, Namibia wasted several chances that could have changed the final score.
In as early as the twelfth minute, Namibia was awarded a penalty after Tercious Malepe fouled Roger Katjiteo in the box.
Up stepped Captain Ronald Ketjijere, who sent his effort wide off the goal.
Katjiteo then missed a sitter following a great cross by Riaan Hanamub from the left, before Itamunua Keimuine failed to connect.
South Africa struck in the 35th minute when Mokate found himself with acres of space in the Namibian half.
He unleashed a thunderous shot that deflected on Denzil Haoseb, leaving goalkeeper Maximillian Mbaeva flat-footed.
Halftime score was one-nil in favour of Bafana Bafana.
Second half saw Namibia attack their opponents but poor ball control, decision making and lack of creativity in their opponents half of the field saw them fail to mount a serious challenge.
A flurry of chances then came Namibias way in the last 10 minutes of the game, including Katjiteo shooting wide instead of passing to his better-positioned substitute striker Peter Shalulile, but the ball did not make it to the back of the net.
Benyamen Nenkavu then had his efforts cleared off the line, before Shalulile had his shot parried over the bar for a corner keeper by Boalefa Pule in goal for Bafana.
One-nil it ended, with South Africa winning the Plate Final while Namibia finished as Plate runners up.
Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti paid tribute to his boys, saying had they taken their chances, the result could have been better.
The boys gave it all, we were not as clinical as we can be, but we can leave this tournament with our heads held high as we performed well. We had come to win this cup, but unfortunately we could not achieve that, he said.
The coach added that the tournament gave him the opportunity to use a number of players who will participate in the African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifiers against Zimbabwe next week.