South Africa 0-0 Senegal (5-4 pens): Bafana Bafana crowned 2021 Cosafa Cup champions
Woula Macire Sane of Senegal challenged by Sifiso Stanley Ngobeni of Bafana Bafana, July 2021
Sifiso Ngobeni was among those who converted their penalties as the Southern African giants edged out the Lions of Teranga

South Africa were crowned 2021 Cosafa Cup champions after they claimed a 5-4 win on penalties following a 0-0 draw at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday.

Veli Mothwa led by example during the penalty shootout as the Bafana Bafana captain and goalkeeper denied Dominique Mendy, before converting his spot-kick.

Bafana came into the final undefeated in the tournament and they were yet to concede with the team determined to win the Cosafa Cup for the fifth time. 

While Senegal's Lions of Teranga had won four matches in a row since the tournament guests suffered a defeat to Namibia in their opening match of the competition. 

South Africa saw most of the ball in the opening exchanges, but they were struggling to penetrate the Senegal defence with Bafana being limited to shots from distance.

Yusuf Maart, who had been named Man of the Match in his last two Bafana games, unleashed a thunderous shot from range which was well-saved by goalkeeper Pape Seydou N'Diaye. 

The hosts kept probing and they managed to cut open the Lions of Teranga for the first time following a quick one-two between Monnapule Saleng and Siphelele Mkhulise on the edge of the box.

Mkhulise's scooped pass sent Victor Letsoalo through on goal, but the tournament top scorer with four goals hit the side-netting from a one-on-one situation with the on-rushing N'Diaye.

Senegal were looking to use their aerial presence as long balls got floated in South Africa's area towards half-time and Mohamed Ba's header was cleared off the goal-line by Nyiko Mobbie, so the score was 0-0 at half-time.

Bafana continued to dominate the match after the restart and they probably should have been awarded a penalty when Woula Sane appeared to deliberately handle the ball in the box, but the match referee ignored the incident.

N'Diaye was a busy man between the sticks for the Lions of Teranga as he denied new Orlando Pirates signing Saleng with a diving save, before gathering a snap shot from Njabulo Ngcobo.

South Africa's interim coach Morena Ramoreboli decided to refresh his attack by pulling out Letsoalo and he introduced Thabang Sibanyoni, who forced N'Diaye into a superb save with his first touch.

Bafana had a chance to snatch a late winning goal from a free-kick on the edge of the box after second-half substitute Lebohang Maboe was fouled by El Hadji Kane. 

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The Mamelodi Sundowns playmaker then dusted himself down and he unleashed a curling shot which was deflected straight into N'Diaye's hands and the match ended in a 0-0 draw in regulation time.

A relatively quiet extra-time which had no clear-cut chances followed and ultimately, the match went into a penalty shootout after it ended in a 0-0 draw.

South Africa went on to win 5-4 on penalties after N'Diaye placed his effort from 12 yards over the crossbar in sudden death.