- Victor Letsoalo pulled out his best performance against Lesotho and scored a hat trick for Bafana Bafana in the COSAFA Cup
- The Bloemfontein Celtic forward was selected to play for the squad and did not hold back, leading the squad to a 4-0 win
- Bafana Bafana is set to play against Zambia next Wednesday and will be hoping to keep up the good performances
Bafana Bafana advanced to the COSAFA Cup semi-finals with a 4-0 win over Lesotho at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, with debutant Victor Letsoalo scoring a hat-trick.
Letsoalo and Njabulo Ngcobo made their national team debuts, while Yusuf Maart started for the first time after coming off the bench in the previous two games.
Sphelele Mkhulise scored the other goal for South Africa in a commanding performance. Letsoalo also made history by being the first player in South African national team history to score a hat-trick on his debut according to Sport24.
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South Africa qualified for the semi-finals with a game to spare, which they will play on Wednesday against Zambia.
According to BusinessDay, Morena Ramoreboli, the South African coach, welcomed back some of the country's biggest Premier League names, including Bloemfontein Celtic's Letsoalo and left wingback Sifiso Ngobeni.
It was Lesotho's second 4-0 loss in a row, following a 4-0 loss against Botswana in their previous match. On Wednesday, South Africa plays Zambia at the same site.
SA U/23 squad dealt with a huge blow as players withdraw from the Olympics
In other soccer news, Briefly News reported that the South African U/23 Olympic team has been dealt a major blow when five players were forced to withdraw due to medical reasons.
The adjustments came just a week after SASCOC named the final U/23 Men's Olympic squad for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games, which will take place from 22 July to 8 August 2021.
According to SAFA, South Africa is in Group A with hosts Japan, who they will face on 22 July at Tokyo Stadium, and France, who they will face on 25 July at Saitama Stadium.
On 28 July, the U/23s will play Mexico in their final group stage encounter at the Sapporo Dome. Lyle Foster, Fagrie Lakay, Abbubaker Mobara, Sipho Mbule, and Keletso Makgalwa will not travel to Japan according to Sport24.
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Source: Briefly News