'We met all targets' - Dludlu satisfied with Basetsana's Cosafa U20 Women's Cup bronze

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South Africa finished third in the inaugural championship after a win over Zimbabwe on Saturday

South Africa coach Simphiwe Dludlu insists her side met all their targets despite settling for bronze at the maiden Cosafa U20 Women's Cup in Port Elizabeth.

Following a 2-0 semi-final loss to eventual winners Tanzania, Basetsana claimed a 4-3 penalty shootout triumph over Zimbabwe in the third/fourth place match after a 1-1 draw in regulation time on Saturday.

Overall, the hosts won four games in five, including wins over Zimbabwe, Namibia and Mozambique.

The caretaker coach insists she was impressed by the performances of her players and improvements in all five matches.

“What a tough day we had especially having to go through the penalty shootout," Dludlu told the media.

"That is always a heart-stopping moment for me, even when I was a player. I believe Zimbabwe really came at us today. 

"They played with a lot of intensity and this was nothing like our opening match when we beat them 3-0. 

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"I am very proud of the girls – and this is not even about the medal, which is a plus for us, but because we managed to meet all the targets we set out for ourselves ahead of the tournament. 

"We managed to play as a unit, create and convert goals, play the five matches we wanted and more importantly improve as a team.”

Basetsana will now shift focus to success at the All African Games, which begins on August 17 in Morocco.

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