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It was the Day of the Substitutes in Gqeberha as two players rose from their respective benches to make telling impacts on the scorelines.

First up was Lesotho’s Motebang Sera, who scored a brace in the second half to stun tournament favourites, Zambia in a 2-1 victory for the mountain kingdom. The victory was that much sweeter because Zambia had their big guns on the field of play. South Africa based Augustine Mulenga and Justin Shonga had threatened to overrun Lesotho, with the latter grabbing an easy goal after a parried save from the keeper. The five-time COSAFA Cup winners relaxed after the Shonga goal and Lesotho, Sera, in particular, made them pay dearly.

Coach Morena Ramoreboli showered praises on his South Africa team after yet another 1-0 victory, this time over Eswatini, who had to play the whole of the second half with ten men. Talisman, Felix Badenhorst received his marching orders after collecting a second yellow card late in the first half. Eswatini held on until super-sub, Thabang Sibanyoni did what Kagiso Malinga did against Botswana a couple of days ago. The hosts now sit on six points after two games with Coach Morena refusing to start celebrating.

“Its too early to celebrate, we still need to go I would say four more games before the games. Thereafter we can celebrate,” the motivational Ramoreboli told embedded journalist, Romy Titus.

South Africa are expecting to welcome back into camp all the players that had to go into isolation because of COVID-19 in the next game against Lesotho.

Group B comes back into action tomorrow with The Flames of Malawi looking to burn the hopes of Zimbabwe’s Warriors in the first game at 12noon. Senegal will look to get back on the horse in their game against Mozambique at 3 pm.