Bafana off to flying start
Bernard Parker (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Bernard Parker has netted twice, and a spectacular goal from Hlompho
Kekana saw Bafana Bafana come back from a goal down to get their African
Nations Championship (Chan) group A opener off to a winning start with a
3-1 victory over Mozambique in Cape Town on Saturday evening.
GALLERY: Bafana vs Mozambique
home side went behind early, as Mozambique's Diogo Alberto silenced the
Cape Town Stadium with a soft strike which goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune
failed to keep out.
Shortly before the interval, Parker put the
teams level from the penalty spot, before Kekana scored a long-range
stinger, to help South Africa toward all three points.
sealed his brace seven minutes from the end, as the Mambas were brushed
aside, sending South Africa on their way to the perfect start to their
"We scored three goals and that's what we needed to do today," Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said after the game.
"We created chances. We always looked like we were going to score a goal after they (Mozambique) scored. I was very confident.
"I told my players at half-time, 'we're going to go and score two or three more goals in this game'.
"I think it's very exciting that we're creating so many chances."
carved out an early opportunity for the hosts when Lerato Chabangu
stole possession in a dangerous position, but goalkeeper Soares Soares
made a simple stop to deny the home side.
were in the mood to spoil South Africa's party, as Diogo's tame effort
caught skipper Khune off guard. The Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper slipped on
the wet turf as the ball took a deflection, handing the visitors the
early advantage as the ball bobbled over the goal-line.
came back strongly and Sibusiso Vilakazi forced a superb stop from
Soares after the powerful midfielder rose well and guided his headed
effort toward goal.
"They gave us a battle today, they gave us a good fight," Igesund said.
my humble opinion, I think we were far the better team on the day. We
scored some lovely goals and we had full control of the match for 90
Katlego Mashego grazed the crossbar from a free-kick on
25 minutes, before Lerato Chabangu sent his effort high of the mark, as
South Africa continued to push for the equaliser.
eventually told and a minute later Vilakazi was brought down inside the
area and was awarded a penalty for his efforts. Parker dispatched the
ball into the right of goal, sending Soares the wrong way.
all going South Africa's way, save for the finishing touch, as Mashego
struck the upright and was denied a superb finish, following some
eye-catching interplay in the middle of the park.
Mashego was in
with a good chance seconds after the break, but Soares got in the way,
as the home side looked to pick up where they had left off in the
Bafana would have to wait a quarter-of-an-hour
for their next attempt, but it was worth the wait as Kekana's
wonder-goal from 30 yards away stunned the Mambas and handed South
Africa the vital advantage.
Kekana picked up a pass from debutant
Lindokuhle Mbatha, trotted ahead and unleashed a contender for
goal-of-the-tournament as the ball sailed into the back of the net.
wrapped-up it up 10 minutes from the end when he finished off a solid
build-up in midfield, scoring his second of the night and fourth against
the Mozambicans in his last two outings.