As it happened: NZ v Bafana

2014-05-30 07:30

LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's soccer friendly between New Zealand and Bafana Bafana.


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Commentary by Sport24's Herman Mostert and Wade Pretorius


Bafana captain Anele Ngcongca clears the line for the visitors... (Getty Images)

Full time: All Whites 0 - 0 Bafana Bafana

Plenty of chances for SA to win this game but didn't take any. Gordon's last game in charge?

90' - Two minutes of stoppage time will be played...

89' - Free kick

Free kick to Bafana and it leads another missed attempt by Bafana.

Back to the practise fields for the lads.

88' - New Zealand Sub

Incredible scenes in Auckland as the All Whites sub their goalkeeper. I know its a friendly but that's just crazy.

87' -  Bafana Sub

Bafana make a late change now, with Tokelo Rantie given a breather, having seemingly picked up a knock to his leg, with Siphelele Mthembu coming on in his place.


A slice of cheese handed out to Boxall for a foul on Serero.

And Hlompho_Kekana's effort to repeat his heroics against Mozambique and Orlando_Piratesfails. Dismally. respect - Neal Collins
80' - New Zealand substitution

Change number five for the hosts, with Marco Rojas' day coming to an end as he makes way for 18-year-old Matt Ridenton.
80' - Missed effort on goal

Kekana shoots from a million miles away and it blazes over the bar.
77' - Missed chance for Bafana

Replacement Zwane misses a great chance for Bafana. His shot was well defended by the NZ defence.
75' - Match analysis

In the final 15 minutes, South Africa have had all the chances and still the match remains goalless.

Tokelo Rantie on the charge. (Getty Images)

- Substitution

Patosi has come off and is replaced by Zwane.
66' - Corner to Bafana

Short corner again but this time more promising. Serero's ball is cleared by the All White defence.
65' Substitutions galore

Bafana - Zungu on for Phala. 

Three changes made for New Zealand. Are they panicking or taking it easy?

Still goalless

The match is still goalless. People are continuing to talk more about our coach possibly getting the axe than the match in progess.


So it looks like we could see Carlos Queiroz back in the Bafanamix from August. I always rated him and though we let him go to easily. - Keegan Kruger
57' - Second half possession stats

New Zealand have had only 35% of the ball this half. 

Parking the bus?

56' - Missed chance

Phala glances his a header wide. Another chance goes begging.

- Offside stats

New Zealand - 0 
Bafana Bafana - 3

55' - Another missed attempt.

Rantie shoots well wide.

The team wont want to look at the shooting stats after this game.

50' - Free Kick to Bafana just outside the box.

Kekana's vicious free kick is saved by Moss.

At least he has his radar set up correctly.

49' - Missed attempt!

New Zealand's chance to miss in front of goal.

Tyler Boyd hits the side netting.

48' - Missed attempt

Phala fails to take another chance. A meek shot goes well wide.

47' - Corner

Another corner to Bafana Bafana.

They change tactics and don't take it short. Headed clear.

Follow up shot goes wide by Phala.

When will Bafana take their chances?

45' - The second half has kicked off.


Marco Rojas of New Zealand trips over Thato Mokeke (Getty Images)


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New Zealand 0-0 South Africa

No shortage of action, despite the lack of goals!

Both teams had their chances, but lets hope for even more action in the second period!

Join us in about 15 minutes...

45' - One minute of added time will be played...


The hosts break down the right wing with real purpose before sliding the ball across goal, where Mkhwanazi completely misses his attempted clearance, allowing the ball to roll across goal, but Boxall is taken by surprise and hits fresh air!


#igesund has opted for the short corners today. Missing Mathoho's height - Neal Collins

39' - Third corner of the game for Bafana and YET AGAIN they opt for a short corner. It leads to nothing... This is ridiculous. Rather opt for the long ball into the box!!!

38' - Bafana have enjoyed 80% of the possession in the last five minutes...

37' - Another chance for Bafana but Rantie's shot goes over the cross-bar. He received a sound cross from Mokeke...

35' - Bafana definitely appear to be in the driver's seat at present, launching wave after wave of attack just outside the Kiwi box...


All Whites 49%
Bafana 51%

31' - TWEET

Some anxuious moments for NZ as Bafana lay siege. Yeye’s shot hits the cross bar. Deflection from Bafana player & ref blows for offside - Bafana Bafana

30' - Massive chance for Bafana but Reneilwe Letsholonyane's thunderous strike hits the crossbar.

28' - Rantie wins Bafana's second corner of the game.

But, for the second time, Bafana opt for a short corner, and the intended move ends in despair...


Here's the lineups from the last time NZ played a full South African team in Auckland, July 19, 1947, Eden Park - Cordwainer Bull

26' - A big chance in the box for New Zealand goes begging when Marco Rojas' left-footed shot is fired wide of the right hand upright.

Bafana off the hook there!


All Whites 53%
Bafana 47%

21' - Thomas has since been moved off and is being looked at by physio Roland Jeffery.

20' - Another Kiwi player is down, holding his face in agony. It looks like Ryan Thomas.

He took a knock to the shin-bone there, but my word, these Kiwis appear to be going down quite easily...


All White's with 60% possession after the opening 15 minutes #NZLvRSA - Wellington Phoenix

15' - A few minutes later Patosi gets another chance but his thunderous strike from just outside the box narrowly misses to the left. I figured he had the Kiwi 'keeper beaten there!

12' - However, Patosi's shot into the box is a weak one and the Kiwi 'keeper deals with it easily...

11' - Phala is brought down just outside the box which gives Bafana a perfect attacking opportunity.

8' - A bit of a scuffle in midfield after Serero brings down Payne. The latter is not happy and pushes a prone Seroro's head down.

Bafana's players rightfully complain to the referee who brushes off the incident...

5' - First free kick goes to New Zealand when Nhlapo brings down Boyd.

The free kick into the box is well dealt with by Bafana though...

2' - TWEET

Great ball from @ayandapatosi to @afcbournemouth's Tokelo Rantie for that opening chance, #newzealand defence caught square 0-0 #nzvsa - Neal Collins

0' - Bafana get an early chance when Tokelo Rantie darts free behind the Kiwi defence, but an on-rushing home goalkeeper (Moss) saves the day for New Zealand to make a good stop!

9:31 - The hosts get the game underway...

9:31 - Bafana are back in their gold kit today, with the hosts in All Whites.

9:29 - A moment of silence is taken for former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, Isaac 'Shakes' Kungwane, who passed away at the age of 43 earlier this week.

9:24 - The teams are out on the park, ready for the national anthems.


The players are out for the warm up! - José Figueira

Bafana coach coach Gordon Igesund had made three changes to his starting line-up from the team that drew 1-1 with Australia on Monday.

Ronwen Williams replaces goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, while Siyabonga Nhlapo and Buhle Mkhwanazi replace the injured Thabo Nthethe and Erick Mathoho, who pulled out after news reached Australia last weekend that his cousin had passed away.

Anele Ngcongca is the captain.


Warm-ups under way & improvement on the stands. #BafanaAllWhites - Velile Mbuli


Come on Bafana Bafana - let's do what the Springboks struggle with and beat the New Zealanders in New Zealand - Clint Roper


In case you don't know how the Kiwis look... -
NZ Football

8:12 -

Defender Anele Ngcongca will be Bafana's captain for today's game!

Midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane was the skipper in Monday's 1-1 draw with Australia.

Bafana beat the Kiwis last time these two sides met in the Confederations Cup in 2009. 

On that night, a brace from Bernard Parker secured a 2-0 win for South Africa.

Goalkeeper Glen Moss is New Zealand's sole survivor from that game.

South African-born defender Storm Roux will also get to play against his country of birth, after being named in the starting line-up. He was born in Somerset West!


Bafana Bafana are currently ranked 65th in the latest FIFA rankings, while New Zealand find themselves at 111th.


New Zealand:

1 Glen Moss (goalkeeper), 6 Bill Tuiloma, 7 Tyler Boyd, 8 Michael McGlinchey, 11 Marco Rojas, 13 Chris James, 14 Ryan Thomas, 15 Storm Roux, 18 Tim Payne, 19 Michael Boxall, 22 Andrew Durante

Substitutes: 12 Tamati Williams, 16 Jeremy Brockie, 21 Cameron Howieson, 23 Matt Ridenton, 24 Luke Adams, 25 Jason Hicks, 26 James Musa   

South Africa:

16 Ronwen Williams (goalkeeper), 15 Siyabonga Nhlapo, 5 Anele Ngcongca (captain), 19 Buhle Mkhwanazi, 3 Thato Mokeke, 12 Reneilwe Letsholonyane, 6 Hlompho Kekana, 10 Thulani Serero, 7 Ayanda Patosi, 18 Thuso Phala, 23 Tokelo Rantie

Substitutes: 1 Senzo Meyiwa, 4 Thabo Nthethe, 14 Eric Mathoho, 15 Sibusiso Khumalo, 11 Bongani Zungu, 8 Themba Zwane, 9 Siphelele Mthembu   

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