Hlompho Kekana scored the decisive goal and Wayne Sandilands saved a penalty as South Africa finished in third place in the Cosafa Cup with a win over neighbours Lesotho.
The match was played yesterday afternoon in Ndola, Zambia.
A 20th-minute penalty by Maile Tlali put Lesotho ahead, but Bafana Bafana responded with goals on either side of the break to claim a 2-1 victory.
South Africa and Lesotho came into the match ready to put it all on the line one last time as they contested for the bronze medal.
Both teams narrowly missed out on a spot in the final when Bafana lost 5-3 on penalties to hosts Zambia on Wednesday evening, while Lesotho were defeated 2-1 by defending champions Zimbabwe.
The Crocodiles of Lesotho got the match off to a cautious start as Bafana coach Gordon Igesund’s men dictated the tempo with their possession of the ball in the opening 15 minutes. However, it was Lesotho who managed to grab the lead five minutes later when they were awarded a penalty for a tug in the box.
Tlali converted with ease by sending Sandilands the wrong direction.
Bafana marksman Mandla Masango equalised in the 43rd minute when he received the ball off a set-piece. Then in the 53rd minute, it was 2-1 in favour of Bafana when Kekana left everyone stunned with a bit of luck.
Despite the lead, the match was still delicately poised and Bafana learnt just how delicate it was when they suffered a scare after a second penalty was awarded to Lesotho.
Sandilands, however, made amends for failing to get a hand on the first penalty when he pushed Tlali’s second spot kick outside the post.
Lesotho came out itching for another late equaliser, but there was little they could do as Bafana managed to contain their adversaries’ attack to clinch the wooden spoon contest.
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