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Bafana proud of Brazil result

2012-09-08 07:30

Sao Paulo - A late strike spoiled the party for Bafana Bafana as they went down 1-0 against five-time World Champions Brazil in an international friendly in Sao Paulo on Friday night.

Speaking after the match Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said he was pleased with the result.

"I'm very satisfied with the result. We created quite a few good chances and this was a good start for us."

Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune pulled off a number of stunning saves to keep his side in the game, and said Bafana came close to pulling off a surprise.

"We gave them no respect. We came here and we meant business," said Khune.

"The result was just unfortunate. The nation should be proud."

Igesund, in his first match in charge of the national team, said beforehand they wanted to take the game to the hosts and put pressure on the Brazilian defence.

The plan worked early on and the South Africans found a couple of gaps, with Siphiwe Tshabalala blasting an effort across the goalmouth from the edge of the area in the eighth minute.

Soon after, Siboniso Gaxa had a close-range shot saved by Brazil goalkeeper Diego Alves. Then the hosts took control.

Khune was repeatedly called to action, with Dede taking perhaps the best chance of the opening period when he connected with a free kick from Neymar that was tipped over the crossbar in the 16th minute.

Khune was again on form when he saved a low shot from Daniel Alves. He held onto another in a one-on-one with Neymar in the dying stages of the first half.

Bafana came out with determination in the second stanza. Lerato Chabangu and Gaxa both had well-taken long-range efforts that sailed centimetres over the bar within 15 minutes of the break.

Brazil nonetheless retained control of the match, with the South Africans fighting desperately for an upset victory, and Khune was again forced to react as the last line of defence.

Leandro Domiao hit the side netting before Khune saved two strikes from Neymar, a low shot from the edge of the box and a thunderous effort that the keeper tipped over, stretching full length to get a hand to it.

Brazil eventually made the breakthrough when Givanildo Vieira de Souza, commonly known as Hulk, latched onto a rebound and fired home the only goal of the match with 15 minutes left.

Tshabalala came close to equalising with time running out, but sent his shot wide.

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Comments
  • marius.potgieter.39 - 2012-09-08 07:46

    90 minutes and no goals,and then you're proud of the result ???

      edmund.deane.37 - 2012-09-08 07:51

      Did you even watch the game? Bafana had the crowd booing off their own team at half time! Shut your pie hole you negitive nelly ...

      vusie.maduma - 2012-09-08 08:20

      i realy dnt understand how cn u be proud of loosin, mxm ths bafana bafana

      marius.potgieter.39 - 2012-09-08 08:39

      Win some games,better your rank of 74 and score some goals then we can be proud

      mafika.gama - 2012-09-08 10:19

      Marius you idiot!! U got no clue on the Game and who Brazil is obviously...Just last month they humiliated a world class Sweden 3-0 in their own home soil.

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-09-08 11:26

      Marius, Brazil is ranked 12th in the world, we are ranked 74th. Losing 1 - 0 (a goal that only came late in the second half) against them is not our ideal result (obviously we would have liked to win), but it's a bloody good one! Would you please change your perception of "they, them, you" to "we, us, my", after all, it's OUR national football team! I think WE should show the boys WE are behind them, that gives a team confidence, the same confidence needed to excel. The mountain is just a little bit smaller when you have the support of your nation.

  • anton.coetzee.5 - 2012-09-08 07:48

    Well done!!! Build a team with players that want to play and not be there for the "SHOW"

  • shaun.mchardy.3 - 2012-09-08 07:49

    Proud of losing , we really are a mediocre nation with our Soccer and at times other sports , The Paralympic athletes well they really are brilliant

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 08:27

      Context and some perspective please!

  • dean.ramjoomia - 2012-09-08 07:51

    If this is how we going to play Soccer then I'm bleddi excited. And yes its about winning not playing good and loose however the writing of GI look good.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-08 07:52

    A black dude said to me that banana are fat cat rock stars and will only be something if they are only paid for winning, and if they lose they get nothing. Makes sense to me. Then again I am surprised they didn't go down 10 - 0. This is a real team they were playing against.

      dag.spota - 2012-09-08 18:10

      Douglas we are not fools. No black guy told you that, just come out and own up to it. Don't worry I won't accuse you of being racist, but I would wonder how you were raised.

  • hc12345 - 2012-09-08 07:59

    South African soccer players are the only team in the world who are proud when they lose. I will never understand why. Maybe this is why we keep voting for a government who are failing big time!!

      marius.potgieter.39 - 2012-09-08 08:23

      Well said

      pule.lepitla - 2012-09-08 09:59

      Go f**k yourself! As if your bokke is any better!!

      Xolani Magwaza - 2012-09-08 09:59

      The problem about us people is that we focus more on the end result and we skip the process. We achieved alot as a team yesterday. We saw new good talent like Dean Furman. We fustrated Brazil...all of that was in the process, \the game\. For all those who have such negative coments about the national team, maybe u dont know soccer, you have never played soccer. The only thing that fustrate you all is that you mad lozing tousands in lotto, that you trying to make money via soccer, you dönt watch d game coz u scared on luzing, u wake up in the morning your ticket is written looze. Soccer is a gentlemens game...be humble...

      pule.lepitla - 2012-09-08 10:00

      Go f**k yourself! As if your bokke is any better!!

      millionwatts1 - 2012-09-08 10:06

      The football context is obviously lost for you here. Losing 1-0 away from home even if you are playing Wanuatu Island is not a bad score let alone Brazil. (5 time World Champs)

      morne.linden - 2012-09-08 12:01

      Don't be stupid! Nobodys proud of losing. You obviously don't watch football to understand the dynamics. Comment again when you have a brain.

      dag.spota - 2012-09-08 18:17

      You obviously need to carefully analyse people's statements before you comment, otherwise you end up making a fool of yourself. If you can take a second of your precious time to think you mind remember that there's a difference between results and performance. Obvious we hate loosing, but we are also human enough to commend good perfomance despite the loss. That's what makes us different.

      Xolani Magwaza - 2012-09-09 12:52

      There is alot that you can learn in failure...

  • iceman196 - 2012-09-08 08:01

    Careful George, we can see you doing some stirling work, but you win South Afriva the WC, SAFA will demand your resignation, ask Jake White what happens when you win world cups, hope like CSA told the fat johnny blue dronkgatte, you can tell them to get stuffed as well

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-09-08 08:06

    Bafana now must carry this into serious games. Friendly games are neither here nor there. I am glad though that we are beginning to understand this. Let's hope we don't draw Brazil in the World cup in their back yard.

  • sima.makhubele - 2012-09-08 08:14

    We the only Country in the world whr we r proud 2 lose a game.

      edmund.deane.37 - 2012-09-08 08:32

      It was more about the way we played not about the score line, its BRAZIL dumb a$$ not some palooka team from nowhere. They have players in that team that are worth 30mil pounds plus playing in Europe etc etc and we held our own and with a bit of extra luck could have score at least 2 or more goals. Go support chess... loser

      morne.linden - 2012-09-08 11:54

      If you watched the game you would have seen that it was THE WAY WE PLAYED against the best footballers in the world and nogal on their home ground.

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-09-08 12:08

      We are proud of how we played, not that we lost!

  • franklin.vandermerwe - 2012-09-08 08:15

    Bafana ek trots op jule khune gaxa,shaba, en al di mane smart ons 1ste game met ons nuwe coach ht dinsdag di 1ste keer saam getrain what a game en ve di kermderums kry n lewe weet jule teen wie ht ons geseel of wag ek se jule teen Brazil wat 1 van die beste spane in soccer is hul le nou no12 in di wereld en ons 74ste kry jul di boodskap dankie

      clement.mokone - 2012-09-08 09:06

      U are not building the nation or at least speaking to the majority of south africans by using that language. U have a right to use it but if(most or all) people can't understand u what purpose is it serving. Be a wise man. \r\n\r\nWe need to develop and learn that language barriers are doing mankind a disservice.\r\n\r\n We here need another liberation work as a world(not only South africa).

      robert.m.sylvester - 2012-09-08 09:27

      WTF are you saying? Is this a secret language?

      mark.d.barnard - 2012-09-08 09:30

      There's a thing called Google translate, you know...

      franklin.vandermerwe - 2012-09-08 10:04

      Leer afrikaans asb as jule ni afrikaans vestani dans dit jule probleem want ek vestaan engel en xhosa so hou op stupit wees

      maserame.kale - 2012-09-08 13:54

      Ek is ook trots op Bafana!! En GI! Clement

      zukisani.mkunqwana - 2012-09-09 08:26

      @clement really? o.m.g!!! *hides due to embarrassment*

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 08:31

      Afrikaans is a beautiful language!

  • henrico.banies - 2012-09-08 08:15

    I'm proud of bafana's result they played a very good game :-)

  • severiano.vorster - 2012-09-08 08:28

    Well at least it was a good effort

      morne.linden - 2012-09-08 11:50

      Yes it was but there are some players that need to step it up like Shabalala.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 08:33

      Tshabalala lacks a footballing brain, runs around like a headless chicken. He needs to slow down the game in his head. He wouldn't play in our local pub team!

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-09-08 08:42

    So you are proud when you loose?? No wander Banana Banana can not win games!

      severiano.vorster - 2012-09-08 09:13

      No it's the fact that they could have won but failed to score .... Better performance in a long time from the South African soccer team

      morne.linden - 2012-09-08 11:48

      Not proud of losing proud of playing at least decent soccer. Go watch rugby.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-08 08:43

    and they want us to really believe that Brazil used their best players in this game?

      robert.m.sylvester - 2012-09-08 09:25

      They did

      mlungisi.fynn - 2012-09-08 10:07

      hlathi

      mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-09-08 11:38

      Zwide im sure u must hv been aslp when u wrote ur comment. That is brazil at full strength, the brazilians gave it their all. HULK alone was transferd for more than the bafana players who played. Think before commenting.

      sdkilani - 2012-09-08 11:45

      I don't want to call you stupid coz that is wrong but aaaaarg you are stupid when you can see the Brazil team at full streangth

      russellblack.cowan - 2012-09-08 12:47

      Neymar, Lucas, Oscar, Ramires, Hulk(on the bench) ,Marcelo, Luiz. nuff said.

  • robert.m.sylvester - 2012-09-08 09:24

    I think that Bafana have turned a corner. OK we lost, and I HATE losing, but the signs are there. GI has made a big difference, and (lets face it) WE can only get better - BRAZIL are as good as they are. Well done GI and the boys, I look forward to an eventful future.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 08:37

      A good start indeed for GI, hopefully we build from this and he continues to select players based on perfomance, and not reputation. McCarthy was however an embarrassment to the team, weighing what, 150KG, and those tight fitting jerseys made sure that he couldn't hide how out of shape he is.

  • jimmy.matshekga - 2012-09-08 09:34

    Although I agree that Bafana did not necessarily disgrace themselves last night, as a nation we have absolutely nothing to be proud of as suggested by Khune. There is no pride in losing. In sport it is the results that matter not how pretty you loose or how close the game was. Khune and Gordon's views reflect the crisis of leadership that we have in this country. As a nation we have become so used to mediocrity that we are even expected to become proud of losses. We urgently need to confront the leadership vacuum that is besetting us as a nation. We cannot continue on this downward spiral. We have many capable men and women who can set this country free from this mental bondage. The change begins with you. Let us all take the lead and make this country one that our children and great grandchildren will be proud of. As Prince Mashele said in his speech delivered at the Cape Penisula University of Technology on 30 August 2012 our children will one day ask us "where were you and what did you do when SA began to degenerate". We have done enough talking. Its time to act and recapture the soul of the country. Malibuye ilizwe lethu!!!

  • jimmy.matshekga - 2012-09-08 09:34

    Although I agree that Bafana did not necessarily disgrace themselves last night, as a nation we have absolutely nothing to be proud of as suggested by Khune. There is no pride in losing. In sport it is the results that matter not how pretty you loose or how close the game was. Khune and Gordon's views reflect the crisis of leadership that we have in this country. As a nation we have become so used to mediocrity that we are even expected to become proud of losses. We urgently need to confront the leadership vacuum that is besetting us as a nation. We cannot continue on this downward spiral. We have many capable men and women who can set this country free from this mental bondage. The change begins with you. Let us all take the lead and make this country one that our children and great grandchildren will be proud of. As Prince Mashele said in his speech delivered at the Cape Penisula University of Technology on 30 August 2012 our children will one day ask us "where were you and what did you do when SA began to degenerate". We have done enough talking. Its time to act and recapture the soul of the country. Malibuye ilizwe lethu!!!

  • zaakiro - 2012-09-08 09:36

    Reading some the comments, it's obvious the negative sentiments are coming from all those who didn't watch the match. In my opinion this was our best displays, playing in Brazil, who are five times World Champions, with a crowd who know football better than any. At some stage in the match, South Africa were passing the ball so well we had the Brazilian fans cheering every move. For people who think we should be proud for 'not' scoring, you wrong. Going up against some of the most talented footballers in the World and coming away with your pride intact, having given everything and having played positive football going forward at every given opportunity should be applauded. In any sport, the objective should be to win, but when a team looses having given their all, some appreciation should be shown. To put it into perspective for those who surely don't understand, playing in Brazil as the 74th ranked team in the World is like United States versing the Proteas in South Africa in a cricket match an going away with a decent result probably taking the match into the last over. Try to understand this as a 'performance' against one of the very best. Everyone is allowed to be critical, but do not be critical in sport for political or racial reasons. Personally i think, it was a spirited performance from all, I think Gordon Igesund got the guys confidence up an had an excellent plan. Chabangu & Dean Furman where outstanding with the ball... Good luck for Tuesday

      jimmy.matshekga - 2012-09-08 10:10

      I completely agree with you that some appreciation is in order for last night's "spirited" performance. What I disagree with is that we should be "proud". My simple point is that requesting us to be "proud" is pushing it too far, hence I question the type of leadership that we have. Its a mental thing unfortunately. Leadership also permeates all areas of our lives and is not by any means restricted to politics or a particular race. We must stop racialising everything and debate. The labelling also does not help. We must learn and begin to deal with issues.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 08:40

      Winning is the reward for playing beautiful football, so I've heard the Dutch say! Football is about entertainment. If we had a choice of watching a team that parks the bus and tries to score on set pieces, against a team that dictates play and game tempo by attacking, I know which team many of us will prefer.

  • Jacques - 2012-09-08 10:33

    We are rated, what? 70th or thereabouts? Brazil are 11th and it's their lowest ranking in decades. 5 times word champs. We haven't even played in 5. That's like the Norweigian rugby side keeping us to a 15-9 win. The team has rounded a corner- GI is not your average Joe...

  • Dipzen - 2012-09-08 11:03

    I'm not proud of the result but I'm happy with the football I saw our team display, the touches and confidence from certain players. Yes we still have a goal scoring problem especially in the final decision making but knowing what Gordon is capable of doing I think its a problem we are going to fix soon. Not too sure if brazil had a bad game or was it that our style of player didn't allow them to play their usual style of football. After watching that match all I can say is that my HOPE in our squad has been renewed!

  • Dipzen - 2012-09-08 11:04

    I'm not proud of the result but I'm happy with the football I saw our team display, the touches and confidence from certain players. Yes we still have a goal scoring problem especially in the final decision making but knowing what Gordon is capable of doing I think its a problem we are going to fix soon. Not too sure if brazil had a bad game or was it that our style of player didn't allow them to play their usual style of football. After watching that match all I can say is that my HOPE in our squad has been renewed!

      HandsOfDj5 - 2012-09-08 13:27

      We need to make strikers to do what they gotta do, the way boys play. Hopes are looming meaning Gordon(new coach for Bafana Bafana) is the man you can trust

  • godfrey.ngonyama - 2012-09-08 11:11

    How can u be proud of a loss?arg South African soccer is pap,u can't celebrate a loss unless u r Bafana Bafana.pissed

  • ljmostert - 2012-09-08 12:26

    Bigger and stronger players must be selected - size matters!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 08:45

      We always had our hopes that Afrikaners will embrace football in their droves but that wasn't to be. The size problem seems to have been solved however by the Northern and West African brothers mating with the local ladies, which will hopefully result in much taller and stronger boys. But then again Spain showed that size is not really important in football!

  • jeancollinsmulivha - 2012-09-08 12:36

    WOW! What a game,proud to be bafana Supporter,Brazilian were lucky to get that

      snare.v.makgoka - 2012-09-09 15:53

      Thy r nt lucky at al we wr beatn nd out plyd

  • maama.bujju - 2012-09-08 13:12

    a loss is a loss no matter how many goals but u have lost the three points so stop making noise that ur proud of ur losses better change and start winning but thnks to coach there is some little life

      snare.v.makgoka - 2012-09-09 15:51

      Ja we mst nw luk 4ward its nt lyk we went der 2 lose

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-09-08 13:27

    Khune did well at times, as usual. But to say, Bafana did well, is an insult and fooling. You are beaten and tell the nation to be proud? Proud of what? Brazil has a very young and coming up players. Bafana failed the nation, again. Now, look at the next game against Mozambique, Bafana will win and everybody will say, " thumbs up". Bafana always wins against weaker team and the coach smiles all the way to the next game. I am fed up with people acknowledging a sub-standard.

      olwethu.o.jama - 2012-09-08 14:23

      bububhanxa bobuvuvu obu ubuthethayo, clearly you werent watching you just saw the results dumb ass

  • simon.mwando - 2012-09-08 17:03

    Y always celebrate defeats?

  • jan.slim.98 - 2012-09-08 22:01

    proud of losing to Brazils 4th team ja right!

      snare.v.makgoka - 2012-09-09 15:55

      Hw cn u b proud we dnt ply 2 lose

  • dumisani.thamaga - 2012-09-09 05:45

    Guys.U shud b proud of ur country's perfrmance and they way they hold brazil in the match.they ddnt hv enough time 2 get 2gether and 2 knw each other well.Igusond had 3 days 2 prepare the players unlike brazil who name their squad 2 weeks ago and had enough time to knw each othr.If I ws a citizen of brazil I would hv gave south africa a credit.Dnt forget that this ws the 1st match of the new bafana bafana squad.

      snare.v.makgoka - 2012-09-09 15:58

      Am nt I thought we went dar 2 compete

      dumisani.thamaga - 2012-09-09 20:12

      Mchana,u ar ryt bt dnt 4gt that Brazil players they'v in the onlympic games and they knw each other.so,with us it ws a challenge coz we wr hardly communicatng.

  • SLVimbani - 2012-09-09 11:32

    Stop with the Cynical comments!We knew Brazil would beat us!The fact that they beat us by one goal is somewhat a privilege.You people never complain when New Zealand beats the Bok so STFU!

  • enerst.sithole.5 - 2012-09-09 11:41

    To all of you bafana bafana what did was very good boys couch as wel as you Itumeleng you are a hero in south africa

      snare.v.makgoka - 2012-09-09 16:00

      Fool urslf

  • dumisani.thamaga - 2012-09-09 14:23

    Mr.IG.Bafana need 2 build confidence by playing the ball 2 each othr as Pairrer dd last time,I think u nid that tactic coz u evn use it 2 half.plz do that thn u cn spice it the way u like.

  • nare.ledwaba - 2012-09-09 14:52

    if bafana bafana played as good as people are saying here, then Mozambique will be beaten by a huge margin. 6 or 7 nil. will wait n c

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