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MBABANE – It was triple joy for the national team, Sihlangu, in the COSAFA Cup.

While they celebrated the bronze medal and the E150 000 cheque, the team was also awarded with the Fair Play Award by the Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) on Sunday during the prize presentation. South Africa dominated the tournament as they took home the trophy and the E500 000 first prize cheque also dominating the individual awards. According to cosafa.com, the player of the tournament was named as South Africa’s Siyethemba Sithebe, the experienced AmaZulu midfielder, while the Golden Boot went to South Africa’s Victor Letsoalo who scored four goals in total. Another Bafana Bafana player, Veli Mothwa, was named Goalkeeper of the Tournament after he went five games without conceding a goal. The individuals all won E20 000 with Eswatini winning the Fair Play award. Senegal earned E250 000 for being the runners up and Mozambique went home with E100 000. Meanwhile, the Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, Harries ‘Madze’ Bulunga, congratulated Sihlangu for finishing third in the tournament.


“The Ministry congratulates Sihlangu for achieving a bronze finish and the Fair Play Award in the 2021 COSAFA Cup. We congratulate head coach Dominic Kunene, his entire technical team and players for their commendable efforts. We hope that this will now serve as a springboard towards achieving bigger goals,” said Minister Bulunga. Bulunga was behind Sihlangu when they brought home the first bronze medal in 2016 having beaten DR Congo 1-0 in the third playoff.

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