Cape Town - An impressive
Bafana Bafana comfortably beat Mauritius 3-0 in a match of missed chances that
opened Shakes Mashaba’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) campaign at
Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday.
Mashaba’s charges took the game to the visiting Island country from the start
with Siphelele Ntshangase heading wide after a good ball from Thamsanqa Gabuza.
had a chance of their own, but Itumeleng Khune was up the task to deny the
Van Herdeen also tested the Mauritius goalkeeper,
Jean-Louis, from a free kick, but the goalie was able to pair the ball
over the bar.
that moment, it was Bafana Bafana all the way with Musa Nyatamana and Gift
Mutapa enjoying a lot of possession in the midfield.
South Africa threatening and looking for a goal, it finally came on the 25th
minute as Gabuza easily tapped in a ball into the back of the net from a sweet
ball provided by Van Heerden for the opening goal of the match.
goal was the second for Gabuza in only his fourth cap for his country having scored
the opener in a 2-1 win over Angola on Wednesday.
Bafana doubled the score shortly afterwards as Gabuza, and Mandla Masango
combined to set up set-up Ntshangase, who bravely put the ball into the back of
the net for the second goal of the match in the 27th minute.
should have put his name in the score sheet on the 33rd minute for a
third goal, but his well taken short was parried away by the Mauritius
goalkeeper who managed to put his hand on the ball before the ball hit the
it was just a matter of time before South Africa found the third goal as the
impressive trio of Masango, Gabuza once again combined for the third goal in
the 44th minute with Ntshangase getting his second of the day and
sending the home side to the half time break with 3-0 lead.
Second half began with Bafana Bafana still in charge of possession, but the
Islanders looked a bit organised.
had a chance to get a hat-trick shortly after the re-start but headed his
effort straight into the hands of the goalkeeper.
Mauritius goalkeeper, Jean-Louis, denied Van Herdeen’s another chance to get into the score
sheet from a fantastic free kick in the 58th minute.
chances were created and numerous opportunities squandered by Mashaba’s charges
who continued to dominate the match in the second half.
was reduced to ten men after defender, David Lengclume, was handed a red card
for dirty play in the 80th minute.
was denied a hat trick first with the ball cleared from the goal line and
minutes later he hit the crossbar in the 87th minute as the match
ended at 3-0 in favour of Mashaba’s side.