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Igesund was happy with the performance of his young team after they defeated Namibia to earn a berth in the semi-finals of the Cosafa Cup

South Africa edged past Namibia to book a spot in the semi-finals of the Cosafa Cup, leaving Gordon Igesund plased with his young side which did not have much time to prepare for the contest in Zambia.

“This game was very important to us because our preparation was not very ideal. Before the start of the match I said to the boys ‘let’s win this match, we will take it from there’,” Igesund said after the match.

“We only had two training sessions here in Zambia but the boys did very well. It was tough out there and you could see that we needed to work together more because at times our game was disjointed – reason being it was the first time this team played together.

“We are happy to be in the next round of this tournament, and with more hard work I believe we will get better as a team.”

Igesund claimed that pitch was not up to standard at the Nkoloma Stadium, but enthused that his young team did well to deal with conditions.

“The pitch did not make things any easier for the two teams, which made things more tough out there and led to a scrappy match, but I am happy with the result and proud of the boys.

“They were a bit nervous but their attitude and passion and commitment was perfect, and they worked hard together. Several players put their hands up, which is what I was looking for.”

South Africa will play in the semi-finals of the tournament against Mozambique or Zambia, who play on Sunday evening.