Bafana claim well-earned draw

2011-06-05 23:04

Johannesburg - Siphiwe Tshabalala captained Bafana Bafana to a well-earned 0-0 draw in their 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Egypt at the Military Academy Stadium in Egypt on Sunday .

The draw places Bafana on top of the group with eight points after four matches, requiring one win in the remaining two fixtures to ensure qualification into the Africa Cup of Nations.

They will play Niger away in September and host Sierra Leone in October.

Captaining the team in injured Steven Pienaar's absence, Tshabalala led his side from the front against an unpredictable Egyptian side.

The encounter was marred by the home crowd shining green lazers in the South African players' faces each time they were awarded a set-piece.

Authorities were unable to find the perpetrators and the lazer-pointing continued until the final whistle. The Egyptians applied early pressure as Bafana struggled to hang onto the ball. Bafana defended much of the early encounters and in the 28th minute managed their first notable attempt from a set-piece.

In the visitors' first corner of the match, Siyabonga Sangweni found space on the far post but his close range header was well saved by Egyptian keeper Essam El Hadary.

On the half hour mark, Bafana clicked into gear and launched menacing attacks. Tshabalala's long range effort had El Hadary diving full stretch to keep the scores level in the 33rd minute.

Katlego Mphela spurned the opportunity of the half when he was left one on one with the keeper in the 36th minute. 'Killer' Mphela left the Egyptian defence trailing but his shot was straight at El Hadary who pulled off an easy save.

On the hour mark, Bafana keeper Itumeleng Khune pulled off a spectacular diving save to deny Pharaohs midfielder Ahmed Fathy's powerful shot from inside the box.

The home side regained their grip on the clash heading into the final half hour with waves of attack.

Khune was the standout player of the match for Bafana as he reeled off a number of fine saves and was instrumental in keeping his team level in a difficult fixture.

Despite the fourth official awarding seven minutes of injury time, the home side was unable to score.


  • Andy - 2011-06-05 23:12

    Good result. Those laser looked more like green spotlights they were so big. Going away and drawing in Cairo - well done boys, finish the job now!

      AloninSA - 2011-06-05 23:34

      the beam of a laser pointer widens the further it travels, hence it's large size! Makes me so angry that people do that! So pathetic!

  • Hayden - 2011-06-05 23:29

    Simply pathetic for the laser pointing & gewizzz seven min added time says alot but the guys came out tops for a draw. Could of been so different taking into consideration we played in Egypt. Well done for knocking the defending champions out of the Afcon Cup.

  • Leviathan - 2011-06-05 23:38

    great result guys!! Egypt those lasers r pointing 2 ur exit fr the AFCON.

  • Richard - 2011-06-06 05:14

    Those two chances man-on-keeper should have been EASY goals. They both shot it straight into keeper hands.... That is what distinguishes a good team from an excellent team. Well done nevertheless!

  • HagenDan - 2011-06-06 06:00

    Egypt can go play with their lasers somewhere else! Ha ha. Played a lot better in the second half, although wasting one-on-one chances really is unacceptable when we get into playing the real thing. Also there needs to be a bit more composure around the goal area...if the shot is deflected by the keeper, don't just blast it at the side netting from an impossible angle like it's a free strike! Gather it, control it, and send the ball back into the middle to set up another attack. I feel like Pitso is focusing purely upon our defence and leaving the striking much to be desired. I guess it's a work in progress and he's shoring up the defence first, but we have to stop being so wasteful in front of goal. In any case, well done boys, went to Cairo and knocked Egypt out of AFCON qualification, no mean feat! Itumeleng Khune was THE BOSS in goal as always!

      lenand40 - 2011-06-06 07:46

      I think this is unfair. In SA, the leading striker scored 15 goals. Thhis implies that we do not have players who are calm under pressure. Pitso is only exposed to these players for short times, hence he can only select the best available. Egypt were there for the taking, but fact is, a 0-0 draw in Cairo is credible.

      Leviathan - 2011-06-06 09:07

      @HagenDan I agree wit u. i was watching highlights of the 2010 WC and the misses of mphela r unbelievable. SA always make things harder for themselves by not taking their chances, but im happy with the result

  • Bosj - 2011-06-06 06:53

    Good morning chaps. I thought the game was great. Shame on the Egyptian fans, this is the kind of behaviour that is keeping african soccer in backyards. To those that believe we should fans put away those man-to-keeper opportunities, I say hang on a sec. The egyptian keeper was also brilliant in stoping those chances. When our keeper stops goal-bound shots, we praise him , we don't say the striker missed an easy opportunity.

  • Claude - 2011-06-06 07:29

    Our defense was good but the attack was very poor - we don't really seem to be improving much on attack or when pressing forward - we loose the ball too easily or give aimless kicks forward where no Bafana players have a chance of getting to the ball.

  • Zondo - 2011-06-06 07:51

    Much improvement to the team. Where is our player of the year?? Thulani Serero! when is he gonna be given a chance? He is very aggressive upfront and im sure he could have made things happen for us

      Sithandiwe madikizela - 2011-06-06 08:50

      Zondo! clearly u not much of a football supporter, or else you would know that Serero was pulled out of the team due to injury he sustained in his last game of the PSL.

      Zondo - 2011-06-06 20:14

      Well Sithandiwe thank u 4 sharing ur superior knowledge of soccer! i seriously didn't know that he was injured & that doesn't make me less of a soccer fan. Thulani wasn't given much of chance against Kenya.

      zayzo10 - 2011-06-07 11:28

      hayi mani Zondo....there will always going to be first choice players everywhere even Jali got a chance because khuboni and pienaar were injuried...there will always gonna be a smooth transition when giving new players a chance...this boys are still young with no international experience thus why you will see one boy being introduced at times even a bulky striker like somma who plays in england is slowly being introduced into these international game bcs sometimes you can break a player buy putting him under pressure....the SA media also plays a huge part in doing so

      Zondo - 2011-06-07 15:14

      @Zayzo, I understand what you are saying. If we are building a team for Brazil 2014 they should be given game time on an international level. Pele played in the World cup when he was only 17yrs and Maradona was 16yrs when he made his international debut. How will these boys gain international experience if it is not given to them? I hope in the next 2 games these young boys will be given a chance and play at least for 45min

  • spiderkzn - 2011-06-06 08:07

    WEll done Bafana. I'm really pissed off with green laser!

  • Muffyforu - 2011-06-06 08:21

    Well Done BAFANA!!

  • Rover_ZA - 2011-06-06 08:30

    Good result all things considered, if we keep our heads we should have an easy job to qualify now. A FIFA ranking position or two wouldn't hurt either.

  • Sinqulile - 2011-06-06 08:37

    Well done Pitso and the boys you did every thing right you were so unlucky no to win the game. Oppotunites were created by your team which is a very positive signal. Go Bafana Bafana go.

  • theStained - 2011-06-06 08:52

    we got what we needed...well done!

  • Sithandiwe madikizela - 2011-06-06 08:55

    Good game by the boys, though i feel we should have done better in front of goals. I was however very annoyed by lasers, and where the hell this get 7 minutes additional time from??? the less said abt the ref the better, but i will applaud hime for not honouring that 7 minutes addition. all in all its looking good for bafana bafana

  • Nathi - 2011-06-06 09:55

    Well done boys, away wins are always a bit difficult even for the big teams, a draw is a very good result. the absnce of our captain was felt though. but we managed to get a point. have to say the one-on-one chances were not handled properly, they both had a lot of space at the back of the keeper they should have chiped the ball... nevertheless good perfomance. overall.

  • kahuru1 - 2011-06-07 17:28

    We should have won this game, and really we should not be celebrating a draw like it was a win when really both matches against Egypt could have, and let truth be told, gone South and where would we be? Yes, a draw was an okay result better than losing but we should NOT be celebrating it like it was a win - I believe we are better than that.

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