South Africa secured a spot in the Plate final of the 2018 COSAFA Cup with a 4-1 win over Namibia on Tuesday afternoon at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Resulting from this victory, Stuart Baxter’s men will face either Botswana or Swaziland who will meet in the second Plate semi-final on Tuesday evening.
Fresh from a disappointing loss to Madagascar in the quarter-finals last weekend, South Africa started the match on a high.
Lebohang Maboe had a great an chance to score in the second minute, but he was denied by Maxmillian Mbaeva with a fine save.
In the 25th minute, Bafana Bafana were awarded a penalty after the ball was handled inside the box by a Namibian defender and Aubrey Modiba converted, 1-0.
Two minutes later, Maboe doubled the hosts lead with an excellent finish to match a great run, 2-0.
As they intensified their probe for goals, Baeva was equal to the task after 30 minutes to deny Ryan Moon who had a good opportunity to extend their lead.
However, Bafana took their feet off the pedal towards the 40th minute and Deon Hotto pulled one back for the Brave Warriors, 2-1.
With four minutes to the interval, Maboe completed his brace to ensure they remained in the driving seat.
It was 3-1 at half time.
Upon their return from the tunnel, skipper Siyanda Xulu made it 4-1 beating Mbaeva on the far post in the 55th minute.
There were few chances created by both sides towards the end of the match and Bafana held onto their lead.
South Africa: (3) 4 (Modiba 26’, Maboe 28’, 41’, Xulu 55’)
Namibia: (1) 1 (Hotto 39’)
South Africa: Pieterse, Madisha, Links (Webber 71’) Xulu, Meyiwa, Maboe, Ndlovu, Moon (Foster 84’) Makaringe, Ngezana, Modiba (Mako 79’)
Namibia: Mbaeva, Haoseb, Gerhadt (Pinehas 83’) Hanamub, Hambira, Hotto, Gome, Ketijere, Papama, Ngaruka (Iimbondi 38’) Lombard