CAPE TOWN – Following the disastrous defeat to Madagascar in the Cosafa Cup quarter-finals, Bafana Bafana at least saved some face by beating Namibia 4-1 in the Plate semi-finals on Tuesday.
Maritzburg United star Lebohang Maboe was the Bafana hero at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, scoring a brace in the first half.
After an initial slow start, Stuart Baxter’s team – who lost in shocking fashion to Madagascar 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw on Sunday – eventually found their groove against the Namibians.
In the 26th minute, SuperSport United’s Aubrey Modiba converted a penalty following a hand-ball to put Bafana 1-0 up.
They didn’t need to wait too long for a second as Maboe showed good composure in the box to slot the ball into the net in the 29th minute.
Towards the end of the first half, another two goals came in quick succession. Bloemfontein Celtic’s Deon Hotto pulled one back for the Namibians with a cool finish, and within seconds, Maboe got his brace to make it 3-1 to the home side.
Bafana captain Siyanda Xulu made it 4-1 with a tap-in goal in the 53 rd minute to secure his team’s passage to the Plate final against either Swaziland or Botswana on Friday at 5pm at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium.