The African National Congress (ANC) has joined South Africans in congratulating Bafana Bafana on their victory against Senegal in the Cosafa Cup 2021.

The game took place today, Sunday, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape.

Describing the team as the nation’s pride, the governing party says: “Their victory is a great tribute to the former statesman of the Republic of South Africa, president Nelson Mandela, who was born today in 1918. The team participating in community charity work ahead of today’s match showed great collective efforts in bettering society in honour of Madiba,” says the governing party in a statement.

The party says Bafana Bafana continue to fly the South African flag high and have become a team to be reckoned with both on the SADC and African continent.

South Africa beat guest side Senegal 5-4 after sudden death to lift their fifth COSAFA title.

The game had to be decided in penalties after it failed to produce any goals after 120 minutes of play.

Both sides created very few scoring opportunities in the first half that failed to produce any goals.

Senegal coach Joseph Koto got a red card on the stroke of half-time for arguing with match officials.

There was no goal after ninety minutes and the game went into extra-time, which also failed to produce any goals. Bafana Bafana scored their first two spot kicks, before Pape Ndiaye denied Ethen Brooks. Captain Veli Mothwa also saved a penalty and it went to sudden death.

Nyiko Mobbie scored South Africa’s first spot-kick in sudden death.

Then Ndiaye balloned his kick over the bar to hand Bafana Bafana the 2021 COSAFA title.

#BafanaBafana is trending on social media as South Africa celebrate the milestone.