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Preview: Senegal vs South Africa – Football Predictions

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In a battle of two continental heavyweights, Senegal Y South Africa block the horns on Sunday to determine the winner of this year’s COSAFA Cup.

Senegal survived a first-half scare to beat Eswatini in the semi-finals, in stark contrast to South Africa’s resounding victory over Mozambique.


Match preview

Senegal got off to a rocky start to their COSAFA Cup campaign as they suffered a 2-1 loss to Namibia in their opening match.

Aliou CisseThe men responded with three consecutive victories over Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi to finish top of Group B, setting up a semi-final match with Eswatini.

The Lions of Teranga ran for their money, having to come from two goals to force a penalty shoot-out that ended 3-0 in their favor.

Senegal now aspires to become the first invited nation to be crowned champions of the competition and is only one victory away.

Hosting the tournament for the fourth time in a row, South Africa had failed to reach the final on any of the previous three occasions.

Hugo broosThe men fell in the hurdles quarter-finals three times in a row, but were determined to turn their fortunes this time.

They wasted no time in declaring their intention to go all the way, sweeping Botswana, Eswatini and Lesotho by a combined score of 6-0.

Having secured progress heading into their final Group A match against Zambia, the Bafana Bafana were able to afford to take their foot off the gas and played a goalless draw.

However, normal service resumed in their last four match against Mozambique, where goals from Sepana Letsoalo, Njabulo Ngcobo Y Yusuf maart put South Africa on the brink of its fifth COSAFA Cup title.

Senegal COSAFA Cup Form Status:
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Senegal form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
South Africa COSAFA Cup Form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

South Africa form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

Team news

Both sides have the full complement of their squads to choose from for this one with no player missing through injury or suspension.

South Africa have yet to let a goal in in any of their five games to date, so Hugo Broos is expected to stick with his proven and reliable defensive unit.

Sepana Letsoalo leads the way in terms of goals scored with four and the Bloemfontein Celtic striker has almost secured the Golden Boot Award.

Pepe Massar Dijitte Y Abu Bakry Diop They are Letsoala’s closest rivals who are still active in the tournament, as the Senegalese duo have scored two goals each.

Possible starting lineup of Senegal:
N’Diaye; Gomis, Gningue, Fall, Ndiaye; Kane, Mendy, Diallo; Dieno, Diop, Djitte

Possible starting lineup for South Africa:
Mothwa; Magqwaka, Mphahlele, De Reuck, Ngcobo; Sibanyoni, Maart, Phohlongo; Letsoalo, Malinga, Ngobeni


Correct Score: Senegal 1-2 South Africa

This is a clash between two very capable teams and it could go either way. However, South Africa is the most experienced team and coupled with the fact that they are playing at home, we support them to emerge victorious when the end of the match comes.




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