An unfamiliar COSAFA final
The South African team, which was not allowed to use the Bafana Bafana name, had to contend with being called a development side while other fans called it Amabinneplaas.
Even national team coach Carlos Santana or his lieutenants did not give attention to the team in Mpumalanga as Under 17 coach Serame Leksoaka took charge while Santana flew to Brazil for a holiday.
But a solitary strike from Moroka Swallows’ Lefa Tsutsulupa against a much stronger Zambian side made the difference.
The players who have been informed they pick up international caps for their appearances, are made up of mostly First Division players, bar some experience in the form of Tsutsulupa, Jomo Cosmos’ Bamuza Sono and Petrus Mahlatse.
This afternoon, they play the Mambas of Mozambique who have reached the finals of the regional event for the first time in 12 years of participation.
Mozambique is led by discarded Orlando Pirates forward Tico Tico who scored in the team’s 2-1 semi-final victory over Madagascar.
Madagascar had beaten an Angolan Under-20 side 1-0 in the quarterfinals.
South Africa’s development side already dispatched Namibia 1-0 in the quarter-finals, a side which had more than six players from the 2008 African Nations Cup, before embarrassing Zambia who had seven Nations Cup stars in the starting eleven.<BR>
It leaves to be seen whether the third string side will manage to retain the title that was won against Zambia last year.