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Bafana draw with Angola, extend unbeaten run

2017-03-28 21:17
Owen Da Gama (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana and Angola have played to a 0-0 draw in an international friendly at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London

As it happened: South Africa v Angola

Caretaker coach Owen de Gama gave debuts to Phakamani Mahlambi, Luther Singh and Diamond Thopola in a side that included nine changes from the one that defeated Guinea-Bissau 3-1 in Durban last Saturday.

South Africa created their first chance in the 7th minute with Tau and Mahlambi combining before the Angolan defence managed to clear. 

Chances after that were few and far between for both sides.

Bafana captain Andile Jali was booked for dissent in the 23rd minute while in the 39th minute, Darren Keet was finally called into action for South Africa, producing a fine save from a Herenilson effort from range. 

The only other action in the first half came in the 42nd minute with Rivaldo Coetzee receiving a yellow card for a foul on Yano.

The teams entered half-time at 0-0.

Keagan Dolly, Themba Zwane and Thulani Serero all entered the fray at the start of the second half. 

Keet was the first goalkeeper to be called into action after the break, saving a header from Papel. Angola came close to opening the scoring in the 55th minute when Quibeto's shot just sailed over the crossbar.

Dolly was next to have a go but saw his shot saved in the 58th minute.

In the 81st minute, Kermit Erasmus, on for Percy Tau almost broke the deadlock with a long range effort that flew wide with the score still at 0-0.

And that's the way it stayed, with Bafana Bafana extending their unbeaten run to a record 17 games. 

After the match, Da Gama explained the need to see all squad members, hence the wholesale changes to the team.

He also accused Angola of playing in a very defensive manner. 

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