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Bafana too strong for Kenya

2012-10-16 20:02

Nairobi - South Africa recorded their first away win under Gordon Igesund on Tuesday night, beating Kenya 2-1 in an international friendly at the Nyayo National Stadium.

A first half goal from Tokelo Rantie had put Bafana Bafana ahead, before they were pegged back with just under 20 minutes to play by a penalty from Harambee Stars skipper Dennis Oliech.
 
However, an own goal from Kenya defender Christopher Wekesa soon after was enough for the visitors to claim a morale-boosting victory that goes someway to atoning for a disappointing performance in the 1-0 loss to Poland on the weekend.
 
Coach Gordon Igesund made three changes to the starting XI that he fielded against Poland on Friday night, with Wayne Sandilands, Thabo Nthethe and Tokelo Rantie coming into the side in place of Itumeleng Khune, Luvhengo Mungomeni and Sifiso Myeni.
 
Bafana created early chances for Siphiwe Tshabalala and Rantie in the 10th and 13th minutes respectively, though neither player was able to hit the target and trouble Kenyan goalkeeper Arnold Origi.
 
On 20 minutes South Africa surged ahead through Rantie, who finished crisply from the edge of the box after a great through ball from Lerato Chabangu had put the former Orlando Pirates striker in behind the home side’s defence.
 
Kenya created a good chance to equalise just a couple of minutes before half-time, but strikers Dennis Oliech and Wesley Kemboi seemed to get in each other’s way and goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands was able to smother the ball in the penalty area.
 
Origi made a good save five minutes into the second half, preventing Ricardo Nunes from doubling the visitors’ advantage with a low shot from the left of the box that looked destined to ripple the back of the net.
 
Ten minutes later substitute Dino Ndlovu almost scored with his first touch, firing a low shot off the outside of the post from close range after Kenya had failed to clear a corner kick.
 
In the 71st minute Tanzanian referee Charles Mbaga awarded Kenya a penalty, adjudging Bongani Khumalo to have handled a header from Kemboi in the 18-yard area. Captain Oliech took the spot kick and sent Sandilands the wrong way, making it 1-1.
 
Parity lasted just a few minutes before Bafana Bafana reclaimed the lead. Bernard Parker caught the Kenya defence napping and directed an effort across goal from a tight angle that was headed into his own net by defender Christopher Wekesa on 76 minutes.

Scorers:

Kenya (0) 1 (Oliech 73’ pen)

South Africa (1) 2 (Rantie 20’, Wekesa 76’ og)

Teams:

Kenya: Origi, Asike, Kokoyo, Mandela, Wekesa, Wanyama, Osiako, Opiyo, Kahata, Oliech, Kemboi
Substitutes used: Wafula, Timbe, Monday, Arita, Situma
 
South Africa: Sandilands, Nthethe, Sangweni, Khumalo, Nunes, Chabangu, Furman, Dikgacoi, Tshabalala, Parker, Rantie
Substitutes used: Myeni, Ndlovu, Manyisa, Fransman

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Comments
  • abzisto - 2012-10-16 20:26

    But the second goal was not impressing

  • thabani.dube.988 - 2012-10-16 20:29

    No pattern or direction, but a win is a win anyway.

  • zahierm - 2012-10-16 20:32

    I'm not impressed by this display. If you can't hold on to the ball against Kenya...the Ivorians and other decent teams will rip us apart. We are simply not a world class football team...

      mandell.reitz1 - 2012-10-16 20:52

      Don't be so BLOODY NEGATIVE!!! Come the nations cup bafana will b much more improved..no one is forcing u to watch Bafana play..so rather watch something else...let us true Bafana supporters enjoy the beautiful game that our boys are playing!!!

      zukisani.mkunqwana - 2012-10-17 22:33

      @ mandell say that again chyna . @zahierm almost every household has a Dstv nowadays even if u don't have one ,then there are other public channels available to watch, no one is forced to watch bafana games . us bafana fans see an away win as a step forward . we wanna win first then look good after, not the other way around

  • carla.croft.77 - 2012-10-16 20:54

    A win is a win, great stuff!

  • motsepe.rolly - 2012-10-16 20:57

    well done bafanas keep on

  • mjwild - 2012-10-16 21:02

    See what happens when all the people in South Africa work together as one. We start to win. Well done good news

      mandell.reitz1 - 2012-10-16 21:07

      Well said lad!!!!

  • simon.mwando - 2012-10-16 21:17

    The headline contradicts with what actually happened in the ground! That was a luck win! Poor journalism @ its best!

  • vincent.tiso - 2012-10-16 21:31

    i really do not know which match the author was watching. bafana were under a lot of pressure kenya knocking the ball around diski style. i wish sa played like kenya not this tennis they demonstrate every game. i agree with the comments saying bafana are going to choke against cote voire, ghana and other powerful africa countries

      thabani.dube.988 - 2012-10-16 21:41

      @Vincent Patriotism, yes blind patriotism.

  • Junaid Jacobs - 2012-10-16 22:14

    Its amazing how all the armchair critics are lambasting Bafana even after they have won a game and mind you it was a positive result away from home.A win is a win but more importantly it gets the players believing in themselves that they can go out and get these results.These games are designed for players to gain confidence and for the coach to look at combinations and players to take into tournaments.So before you start typing just for the sake of putting Bafana down go learn a thing or two about sport and how to coach a team.

      zahierm - 2012-10-16 22:38

      Watch world class football and tell me where this display puts us? The honeymoon for BB is long gone. We are judged by world standards. And this win might delude some of us. We demand better...they're representing our country for crying out loud!

      thabo.malose.31 - 2012-10-17 06:44

      Junaid, u are correct the they have won and we bafana bafana supporters believe we will improve by the time we play in afcon. That ground was bumpy, which force gordon tactics to be more direct and not play the beautiful football that this critics are busy making noise about.

  • sabelo.mashego.90 - 2012-10-16 23:45

    The headline flatters to deceive.

  • lanre.beckley.9 - 2012-10-17 00:29

    When will South Africans accept that Banana Banana isn't a world class team? Yes a win is a win but honestly can u call that a win? I will put my head on the block and dare banana banana if they can win any west african team on home soil, let them compete with the giants of african football than playin kenyans that isn't even strong enough to play bloem celtic! Next thing we will hear is banana banana vs Mauritania!

  • lanre.beckley.9 - 2012-10-17 00:29

    When will South Africans accept that Banana Banana isn't a world class team? Yes a win is a win but honestly can u call that a win? I will put my head on the block and dare banana banana if they can win any west african team on home soil, let them compete with the giants of african football than playin kenyans that isn't even strong enough to play bloem celtic! Next thing we will hear is banana banana vs Mauritania!

  • lanre.beckley.9 - 2012-10-17 00:29

    When will South Africans accept that Banana Banana isn't a world class team? Yes a win is a win but honestly can u call that a win? I will put my head on the block and dare banana banana if they can win any west african team on home soil, let them compete with the giants of african football than playin kenyans that isn't even strong enough to play bloem celtic! Next thing we will hear is banana banana vs Mauritania!

  • kingsley.mokomane - 2012-10-17 02:28

    We are going nowhere

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-17 03:57

    Who were the 3 white quotas in the team? I don't think I have ever seen a bafana side with 3 white players on the feld at a time.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-17 04:10

    First goal was excellent.

  • andree2 - 2012-10-17 06:35

    Weldne Bafana.. U deserved to win.

  • deeps1910 - 2012-10-17 07:26

    Too strong... Now that's a joke. After that headline I expected 3-0 or something but it's just 2-1. More like edging past Kenya.

  • tendani.jefrey - 2012-10-17 07:29

    job welldone;congra

  • jento.dayisi - 2012-10-17 08:16

    Oh what a good coach Gordon , he was able to change his tactics based on type of opponents we were playing against, based on type of pitch we played in , that pitch was rubbish , in my opinion it was not a type of pitch to play world class football as some of us are saying Bafana are not world class material , to he'll with that I say , Go Bafana go , behind you no matter what

  • MrDinwiddie - 2012-10-17 09:36

    Spain, Italy, Germany and England are all available for friendly's before Afcon. Our chances at Afcon should greatly improve should we finish \strong\ against these 4.

  • Mfundo Ndlovu - 2012-10-17 10:23

    i think the team has not reached any level of impression. the players aint linking well, there is no flow in the way they play. i still believe steve khomphela was the right candidate fo the job. his squad that beated Gabon was far too good compared to this one.

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