After going through challenges that included having only 13 players to play a match with, COSAFA Cup-winning coach, Morena Ramoreboli has credited divine intervention for the successful journey. South Africa won their 5th COSAFA Cup after beating guest nation Senegal in a penalty shootout on Sunday evening.
“We wouldn’t do all that we have done if God was not on our side. God was on our side. We managed to perform miracles. You remember there was a stage when we only had 13 players,” reflected Ramoreboli.
The 29-year old coach had to strap up his coaching shoes at the start of the tournament after head coach, Helman Mkhalele and his assistant Lucky Shiburi, tested positive for COVID-19. Ramoreboli used his strong motivational skills to get the Bafana Bafana team through these trying times and emerge as winners of the 2021 COSAFA Cup.
“This is a good victory for us because we fought for it,” noted the mentor.
AmaZulu FC goalkeeper, Veli Mothwa, who was a late call-up to the squad, was the hero of the final shootout against the young guns from Senegal. Ramoreboli believes the whole team showed great character.
“This tournament alone was a test of character for many of them, they had to make sure they are mentally strong and fit to survive all the challenges that they went through,” Ramoreboli explained.
Veli Mothwa won Goalkeeper of the Tournament on the back Bafana Bafana not having conceded a goal. Siyethemba Sithebe deservedly received the Player of the Tournament award, while record-breaking Victor Letsaolo collected the Golden Boot as South Africa made a clean sweep in Gqeberha.