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Following Bafana Bafana's third place finish at the Cosafa Cup, Gordon Igesund stated that he wanted to win the tournament

Gordon Igesund has claimed that he wanted Bafana Bafana to leave Zambia as Cosafa Cup champions, after finishing in third place.

Igesund's reserve squad impressed during the tournament, losing against eventual winners Zambia in the semi-final stage after a penalty shootout.

South Africa claimed third place on Saturday, defeating surprise package Lesotho 2-1. Following the match Gordon Igesund lamented the loss of some key players prior to the tournament,

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“We would have obviously liked to win the tournament, we changed the team so many times prior to tournament. Today I had nine players on the field all under 23,” Igesund said.

Bafana Bafana were forced to make over fifteen changes to their initial squad, fielding a host of young and untested players. The benefits of the tournament included seeing the likes of Ruzaigh Gamildien and Hlompo Kekana in action, while a few defensive talents were also given the chance to shine.

With the tournament displaying some exciting matches in front of good crowd attendances, Igesund saluted Zambia for their organisation of the Cosafa Cup.

“It has been a nice tournament. First of all, I want to thank the Zambian people for the wonderful reception and kindness they showed to us,” he said.

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