Banyana applied World Cup lessons to retain Cosafa Women's Cup - Refiloe Jane

South Africa defended their regional crown after a triumph over Zambia in Port Elizabeth on Sunday

South Africa put to use the lessons from the 2019 Women's World Cup to retain the Cosafa Women's Cup title in Port Elizabeth, according to forward Refiloe Jane.

Banyana Banyana had a forgettable outing on their maiden appearance on the global stage this summer, losing all three games, conceding eight times and scoring just once.

On the back of an awful campaign and a winless run in 11 ties, Desiree Ellis' side fired a combined 26 goals past four teams before Tiisetso Makhubela's lone strike sealed their regional glory.

Jane, the team's stand-in captain who scored five goals during the competition, reflected on her side's incredible route to a Cosafa Cup success.

"We came here with a mission to defend the title and ensure the Cosafa Women's Cup stays in South Africa," Jane told the media.

"It was difficult to play Zambia in the final, and we had to change our strategy because they came hard at us.

"It was good for us that we got the goal in the first half, which helped us keep the upper hand.

"Banyana were under a lot of pressure since we haven’t won a game in a long time. We applied the lessons we learnt at the Women's World Cup."

Having secured a record sixth Cosafa Cup title, South Africa will hope to take the form into their African 2020 Olympic Games qualifier against Botswana later this month.