Bafana, Morocco thrill in draw
Tokelo Rantie (Gallo Images)
Agadir - Tokelo Rantie from English second-tier club Bournemouth has scored as Bafana Bafana forced a 1-1 friendly international draw in Morocco on Friday.
striker struck on nine minutes in south-western city Agadir, holding
off a pack of defenders to fire past goalkeeper Mohamed Amsif.
defender Issam El Adoua levelled on 50 minutes with an unstoppable
close-range header off a Younes Belhanda free-kick.
half was less lively than the first in a match marking the opening of
the 45 000-seat Grand Stade Agadir in the Atlantic city.
FIFA Club World Cup fixtures will be staged this December at the ground,
one of four venues for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
sell-out crowd saw Morocco dominate first-half possession, but Bafana threatened to increase the lead several times with swift
The impressive play of the visitors earned
applause from the crowd on the half hour as the home team struggled to
And when they did, Bafana goalkeeper
Itumeleng Khune impressed with acrobatic saves from a header and a shot
by captain Mehdi Benatia.
Substitute Abdelhamid El Kaoutari had a late chance to win the game when unmarked inside the box, but fired hopelessly wide.
and Bafana are among former World Cup qualifiers who failed to
make the Africa zone play-offs for the 2014 tournament in Brazil.Morocco (0) 1 (El Adoua 50’)
South Africa (1) 1 (Rantie 9’)Morocco:
Amsif, Benatia (Oulhaj 80’), El Adoua, Feddal, Noussir (El Kaoutari. 46’), Bergdich, Obbadi (Taarabt 46’), Belhanda (Bemaamar 75’), Barrada, El Kaddouri O. (Saidi 46’), El Arabi
Khune, Ngcongca, Khumalo, Xulu, Masilela (Ntlhe 67’), Claasen, Furman, Vilakazi (Zungu 46’), Chabangu (Patosi 59’), Parker (Letsholonyane 83’), Rantie (Erasmus 70’)