Bafana Bafana

Igesund pleased with Bafana

2013-07-13 22:02
Gordon Igesund (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund is happy with his side's performance after they advanced to the semi-finals of the Cosafa Cup after defeating Namibia 2-1 at the Nkoloma Stadium in Zambia on Saturday.

Two second half goals from Jabulani Shongwe and Hlompho Kekana were enough to see South Africa go through and will face either Zambia or Mozambique in the last four.

This was as good start for Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund after a disastrous preparation which saw several players pull out of the squad which travelled to Zambia.

"This game was very important to us because our preparation was not very ideal," said Igesund.

"We only had two training sessions here in Zambia but the boys did very well.

"It was tough out there and you could see that we needed to work together more because at times our game was disjointed -- reason being it was the first time this team played together.

"We are happy to be in the next round of this tournament, and with more hard work I believe we will get better as a team."

The experience of goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands, who was the captain, as well Hlompho Kekana, Lerato Chabangu and Mzikayise Mashaba helped the team on the day, while the duo of debutants Buhle Mkhwanazi and Tshepo Gumede were solid and played like seasoned campaigners.

Sibusiso Khumalo was substituted in the first half in a tactical move by Igesund, bringing on Ruzaigh Gamildien to add more numbers forward.

Not only did South Africa take control, Gamildien was also chosen Man of the Match.

Shongwe came on at the start of the second half for SA and made his mark just four minutes later, his powerful shot not stopped by the Namibia goalkeeper -- giving Bafana Bafana a one-nil lead.

Kekana's experience showed when he collected a ball at the edge of the opposition box to fire home a cracker of a two nil lead in the 71st minute.

Namibia was fortunate to be awarded a penalty after Shongwe was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area.

Second-half substitute Willy Stephanus converted after a retake --Sandilands had saved the initial shot which was judged to have moved before the kick was taken.

But it was not enough to derail South Africa's mission to get into the next round.

In an effort to get more goals, Igesund brought on striker Katlego Mashego for the exhausted Chabangu, but the score line remained the same.

SA play their next match on Wednesday, July 17 at the Levy.

Read more on:    bafana bafana  |  cosafa cup  |  gordon igesund  |  soccer

Hull City held by West Ham

2014-09-15 23:16


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Printable solar panels will bring exciting new opportunities!

Printed sheets of flexible solar cells can mean your electronic devices can soon be charged with the use of renewable energy.


For chic geeks...

Now there’s a special lane for texting while walking
LOL! 7 brutally honest texts from parents
This lock means keys are something of the past!
7 things you didn't know about Apple

Will Shakes Mashaba ensure Bafana Bafana qualify for AFCON 2015?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.