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Bafana Bafana and Mozambique play to a draw in COSAFA Cup

Bafana and Moza

In their debut match of the COSAFA Cup at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Gqeberha, South Africa faced off against Mozambique and settled for a 1-1 draw. Led by assistant coach Helman Mkhalele, the senior national men’s team, commonly known as Bafana Bafana, took the lead in the first half courtesy of a goal from their captain Rushwin Dortley. However, Mozambique responded in the second half with a skillfully executed goal by Chamito Alfandega, leveling the score.

The match began with both teams displaying determination and tactical acumen. South Africa asserted early dominance, aiming to capitalize on their home advantage and enthusiastic support from the crowd. Their efforts bore fruit when Dortley found the back of the net, sending the stadium into jubilation. The goal injected confidence into the Bafana Bafana squad, who continued to press forward, creating several promising opportunities to extend their lead before halftime.

In contrast, Mozambique remained resilient, gradually finding their rhythm as the game progressed. They showcased their resilience and composure, patiently waiting for their moment to strike back. That moment arrived in the second half when Alfandega unleashed a precise shot that eluded the South African defense and goalkeeper, restoring parity to the scoreline. The goal injected new life into Mozambique’s game, prompting them to push for a winning goal while South Africa intensified their efforts to regain the lead.

As the match drew to a close, both teams battled fiercely, determined to secure a victory in their opening fixture of the tournament. The final whistle blew with the score unchanged at 1-1, leaving both sides with a point each in Group A of the COSAFA Cup.

Looking ahead, South Africa’s focus now shifts to their upcoming match against Botswana, scheduled for Saturday. The draw against Mozambique serves as both a motivation and a learning experience for Mkhalele’s squad, highlighting areas for improvement while affirming their strengths. With their sights set on advancing in the tournament, Bafana Bafana will aim to build on their performance and secure a decisive victory in their next outing.

Overall, the match between South Africa and Mozambique showcased the competitive spirit and talent within the COSAFA region, setting the stage for an exciting tournament ahead.

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