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South Africa vs Senegal Preview & Tips - Bafana to claim COSAFA Cup title
- South Africa vs Senegal Predictions for Sunday’s COSAFA Cup final
- Match is being played at 14:30 BST at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
- South Africa have kept 5 clean sheets in a row
- A win for South Africa is tipped in Gqeberha
- Preview, tips, stats & team news
South Africa backed to become COSAFA Cup champs (Getty Images)
South Africa vs Senegal Preview & Tips
South Africa have kept five clean sheets in a row. With good home form behind them we are tipping the hosts to win the title against Senegal.
- South Africa have won 8 of their last 12 home matches (all competitions).
- South Africa have kept 5 clean sheets in their last 5 matches (COSAFA Cup).
- Senegal have won 5 of their last 6 matches (all competitions).
- Senegal have conceded in their last 3 matches (all competitions).
Head to Head
Senegal hold a 3-1 advantage against South Africa across seven previous meetings with three draws.
The sides last met in World Cup qualifying in 2017 as Senegal won 2-1 at home.
South Africa Form
Bafana Bafana are in superb form with four wins and a draw in their five COSAFA Cup matches. They are yet to concede a goal in the tournament.
They began their COSAFA Cup campaign with 1-0 wins against Botswana and Eswatini before thrashing Lesotho 4-0. Debutant Victor Letsoalo scored a hattrick. With a semi-final place secured, South Africa rested players and drew 0-0 against Zambia in their final group match.
Bafana Bafana beat Mozambique 3-0 in a dominant performance in the semi-final. Njabulo Ngcobo, Yusuf Maart and Victor Letsoalo scored the goals.
South Africa Team News
Goalkeepers: Veli Mothwa, Lincoln Vyver
Defenders: Rushine De Reuck, Nyiko Mobbie, Njabulo Ngcobo, Sifiso Ngobeni, Basil Mphahlele, Austin Dube, Vusi Sibiya, Ayabulela Konqobe
Midfielders: Masilake Pholongo, Ethan Brooks, Siyethemba Sithebe, Yusuf Maart, Lebohang Maboe
Strikers: Thabang Sibanyoni, Monnapule Saleng, Kagiso Malinga, Victor Letsoalo
Caretaker coach Morena Ramoreboli has a settled side playing a 3-5-2 formation.
He is only expected to make one change with Mamelodi Sundowns’ Lebohang Maboe starting in support of striker Victor Letsoalo due to his big-game experience.
Senegal have won five of their last six matches, including two friendly wins against Zambia and Cape Verde in June. They made a slow start to their COSAFA Cup campaign, losing 2-1 to Namibia in their opening fixture.
Since then, Joseph Kotu’s side have been excellent with three victories. Pape Djitte secured a 1-0 win for Senegal against Mozambique before the Lions of Teranga came from a goal down to beat Zimbabwe 2-1.
In a must-win final group match, Senegal defeated Malawi 2-1. Abu Diop scored a brace which included a 92nd minute winner.
Senegal came through a dramatic semi-final against ten-man Eswatini on penalties after the match ended 2-2. Senegal were 2-0 down after 20 minutes but Pape Djitte pulled one back on 58 minutes and El Hadji Kane leveled matters 10 minutes from the end.
Senegal Team News
Goalkeepers: Khassim Diop, Pape Seydou N’diaye
Defenders: Falilou Fall, Alfred Gomis, Mouhamed Ndiaye, Pape Ndoye, Woula Sane
Midfielders: Alassane Kante, Dominique Mendy, Abdou Seydi, Makhmouth Diallo, El Hadji Kane
Attackers: Mohamed Ba, Albert Diene, Souabou Gningue, Seringue Gueye, Alioune Mbaye, Abdoul Ndoye, Baba Sow, Abou Diop, Pape Djitte
Coach Joseph Koto is expected to name the same starting XI from the semi-final.
The one possible change is a recall for Mouhamed Ndiaye in midfield is preference to Alassane Kante.
Odds for this match have yet to be released.
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