The final of this year’s COSAFA Cup will be contested between Senegal and hosts South Africa after both sides booked their places in the tournament’s showpiece on Friday.
Senegal, a guest nation at the event, defeated Eswatini 3-0 on penalties at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth having come from two goals down earlier in the match to draw 2-2 after 90 minutes.
The West Africans were stunned 20 minutes into the match as they fell behind to goals from Sifiso Matse and Sabelo Ndzinisa which saw Eswatini lead 2-0 at the break.
Senegal got themselves back into the game just three minutes into the second half as Pape Djitte pulled one back for his team.
The game then swung in favour of Senegal as Eswatini were reduced to 10 men when Fganelo Mamba was sent off midway through the second half for two bookable offences in the space of four minutes.
Senegal eventually capitalized on their man advantage as El Hadji Kane leveled the tie with 10 minutes of normal time left as the game ended in a draw.
In the penalty shootout, Eswatini missed their first three spot-kicks while Senegal converted their first three efforts to send the West Africans into the final.
Meanwhile, South Africa outclassed Mozambique 3-0 in the second semifinal at the same venue.
Goals from Njabulo Ngcobo, Yusuf Maart and Victor Letsoalo earned the hosts a comfortable win and a place in Sunday’s final. Eswatini and Mozambique will contest the third/fourth place playoff.