South Africa reignited their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a decisive 4-0 victory against regional rivals Namibia in a Group E match played at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Korhogo on Sunday night,
Bafana Bafana dominated the wasteful Brave Warriors, virtually wrapping up the match within the first forty minutes, with goals from Percy Tau and Themba Zwane.
In the second half, Thapelo Maseko scored a fourth goal to cap off an excellent performance by the 1996 continental winners.
Through a VAR review, South Africa was given a penalty kick for defender Riaan Hanamub of Namibia’s unintentional handball.
In the fourteenth minute, Bafana Bafana led 1-0 thanks to a merciless penalty strike from Percy Tau, who had missed a spot kick in the opening game against Mali.
Hanamub had two excellent crosses from the left side to give the Brave Warriors a wonderful opportunity to equalise, but they were punished by a second South African goal when they were unable to convert.
Twenty-five minutes in, Bafana created space on the right for Thapelo Morena. He then cut back low to find Themba Zwane, who made a late run into the box and finished brilliantly on his first attempt to make it 2-0.
Ten minutes later, Teboho Mokoena’s corner kick escaped the goalkeeper’s reach, giving Sphephelo Sithole a chance to put South Africa up three goals, but his downward header from close range bounced up and over the crossbar.
But Bafana Bafana didn’t need to wait long to increase their lead to 3-0; Zwane received a ball from Evidence Makgopa, sprinted down the left side of the penalty box, and finished elegantly to beat Lloyd Kazapua once more.
Ngero Katua and Bethuel Muzeu were brought on as substitutes at the beginning of the second half, but Namibia was unable to establish any sort of momentum, and South Africa eventually increased their lead in the 75th minute when Thapelo Maseko, a substitute, latched onto a long ball from Mokoena and fired a drive past the goalkeeper.
As a result, Namibia drops to third position with three points, South Africa moves up to second place on the log with three points, one behind leaders Mali, and Tunisia rounds out the quartet with one point.
On Wednesday, January 24, the teams will play their last games in Group E. South Africa will play Tunisia in Korhogo while Namibia will play Mali in San-Pedro.