Bafana Bafana stand-in coach Morena Ramoreboli was delighted with his side’s Cosafa Cup victory on Sunday after admitting the team fairly limped over the line after a tough schedule and injuries.
South Africa defeated west African guest nation Senegal 5-4 on penalties after a goalless draw in the decider to claim their fifth regional title and first since 2016.
“It was not easy, but even those boys who were struggling with injuries, they had to continue fighting, they had to continue playing,” Ramoreboli said.
“I think they understood that they are no longer playing for any other thing except the badge, except for the country and they did that very well. I’m so excited, I’m happy.
“Last year we managed to win it (Cosafa Under-17 Championship) with under-17s and here we are again with Bafana today. It’s a great achievement. It is through hard work and the support we got from the association, it made things very easy for us.
“In football we have what we called tactical endurance. We had to rely on them to execute whatever we drilled, even under pressure and there was a stage where I kept on saying to them, ‘let’s play with our hearts’ because I could see they were becoming tired.
“But they had to remember, they can’t give up and they had to go through extra-time with the same spirit.”
Bafana did not concede a goal in any of their six matches at the tournament.
Tinkler signs Mayo for Cape Town City
Meanwhile, Cape Town City have bolstered their striking options with the signing of Khanyisa Mayo from GladAfrica Championship side Richards Bay.
The 22-year-old, who is the son of former Bafana Bafana striker Patrick Mayo, enjoyed a strong season in the second-tier in 2020-21, in which he scored nine goals in 23 starts in all competitions.
He will vie with the likes of Tashreeq Morris, Fagrie Lakay and Justin Shonga for a starting berth this season.
His arrival is the sixth new addition at the club in what is an extensive squad overhaul under coach Eric Tinkler.
Other new arrivals are goalkeepers Darren Keet and Bongani Mpandle, centre-back Nathan Fasika, right-back Patrick Fisher and attacking midfielder Relebogile Mokhuoane.