Johannesburg - A Tlou Segolela brace lifted Bafana Bafana to a 2-0 victory
over Lesotho in an international friendly match at the National Stadium, in
Maseru, Lesotho on Sunday.
Bafana had the better chances throughout, and the home side battled to
threaten the South African defence.
Composed finishes from Segolela in either half helped Gordon Igesund's men
to a valuable win.
Pics: Bafana v Lesotho
Bafana next play World Cup qualifiers against Central African Republic in
Yaounde, Cameroon on June 8 and then Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on June 16.
The match began with a solid Ricardo Nunes run along the left flank which allowed
Bafana to launch their first attack, but Bernard Parker was unable to connect
his head to Nunes’ accurate delivery.
Shortly after, Katlego Mashego was put through on goal by Siphiwe Tshabalala,
but Mashego's left-footed effort slid across the face of goal and narrowly wide
of the mark.
The visitors enjoyed the majority of possession early on, but couldn’t turn
their dominance into goals, as further chances fell to Oupa Manyisa, Segolela
But it was Parker who came closest in the 32nd minute when his excellent
free-kick from just outside the area rattled the crossbar.
Mashego was on hand to direct the rebound goalwards, but Lesotho goalkeeper
Kholuoe Phasumane made a simple stop deny Bafana the opener.
Lesotho soon found their rhythm and Thulo Ranchobe was close to scoring
before the interval, when his volley forced a strong stop from Bafana
shot-stopper Wayne Sandilands.
Sandilands was called into action a minute later, this time Litsepe Marabe
found space in the area, allowing a free header, but Sandilands got his hands
to the ball to snuff out Lesotho's promising attack.
Igesund's men soaked up the pressure late in the opening half and snatched
the lead on the stroke of half-time.
A quick counter attacking movement allowed Tshabalala to get into an
advanced position deep in the Lesotho half, before delivering a dangerous ball
across the goalmouth.
Phasumane was left stranded behind a wall of bodies as the ball crept past,
straight to Segolela who tapped home for the opener.
On the hour mark Segolela grabbed his second after Phasumane spilt a ball in
the box from Daine Klate. Segolela, though, still had to make a good turn away
from a defender and found the back of the net to make it 2-0 to Bafana.
Bafana starting XI:
Wayne Sandilands, Anele Ngcongca, Ricardo Nunes, Eric Mathoho, Thabo
Nthethe, Tlou Segolela, Dean Furman, Oupa Manyisa, Siphiwe Tshabalala,
Bernard Parker, Katlego Mashego