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Bafana Thrash Namibia To Blow Group E Wide Open

Bafana Bafana secured a convincing 4-0 win over Namibia to blow Group E wide open in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations encounter at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium on Sunday evening.

South Africa arrived under pressure after their opening 2-0 defeat to Mali while the Brave Warriors secured a historic 1-0 win over third-ranked African side Tunisia.

But what head coach Hugo Broos hinted at in the pre-match press conference was indeed the story; ‘look to be more direct and avoid playing in areas where mistakes can be costly’.

Bafana were ruthless starting from the 14th minute when Percy Tau converted a spot-kick, five days since he missed the chance to open the scoring against Mali before their eventual second-half capitulation.

But the goal was the start of the Themba Zwane show in midfield as he orchestrated an unassailable lead with a brace before the break, two clinical finishes after some direct attacking football.

Second-half substitute Thapelo Maseko made it 4-0 with 15 minutes to go to wrap up a memorable win for Broos’ boys that moves them into second place ahead of the Brave Warriors, ahead of their final group E game against Tunisia.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.