July 24, 2024

South Africa defeated Namibia 4 to resume their AFCON campaign.

Formerly thought to be too old for international football, Themba Zwane, 34, scored twice as South Africa defeated Namibia 4-0 on Sunday to resume their Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

Bafana Bafana, also known as “the Boys,” had to win this game after losing to Mali five days prior. They dominated the first half, leading three goals to none at the interval thanks to two goals by Zwane.

Hugo Broos, a Belgian, claimed the South African team was “too old” when he took over as coach following the country’s failure to advance to the most recent Cup of Nations, using Zwane as an example.

However, Zwane’s Mamelodi Sundowns team’s continuous success compelled the coach to reconsider.

Zwane scored his brace and Thapelo Maseko added a goal in the second half as South Africa won by their largest margin in the competition following a penalty converted by Percy Tau.

Prior to the final group game on Wednesday, Mali leads the table with four points, followed by South Africa, Namibia, and Tunisia, who each have three.

With his sprints down the right, Thapelo Morena, who was elevated to the starting lineup for South Africa following his bench appearance in the defeat to Mali, caused problems for Namibia immediately away.

The referee indicated to the location after watching the incident on the pitchside VAR monitor. From one, Namibian Riaan Hanamub handled inside the area.

After receiving harsh criticism for missing a spot kick against Mali, Tau made amends on minute 14 by skillfully striking a low penalty past Lloyd Kazapua and into the corner of the net.

Tau, who plays for the African and Egyptian powerhouse Al Ahly, looked relieved as he rushed back to the South African half, and Namibia were disheartened at having fallen behind so quickly.

The Zwane spectacle then kicked off at the 20,000-seat stadium located in the northernmost of the five Ivory Coast cities that are home to Cup of Nations matches.

With twenty-five minutes remaining, Bafana had a two-goal lead thanks to a brilliant cross from Morena that was wonderfully met by Zwane.

Portugal-based Sphephelo Sithole missed a fantastic opportunity to score as his header struck the ground and went over. He and Tau were the only starting who do not play for South African teams.

However, Zwane’s second goal put them ahead 3-0, so his miss was quickly forgotten. He shot past Kazapua and into the far corner of the net as he rushed from the left towards the goal.

As halftime approached, Kazapua did a good job of tipping a Morena shot just over the bar because South Africa was clearly in the lead.

Midway through the second half, Broos—who won the Cup of Nations title with Cameroon in 2017—took Zwane off the field because he was feeling sufficiently confident about winning.

Maseko, his replacement, made an immediate impression by sprinting to control a long pass. Kazapua got a hand to his shot, but it still went into the net.

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