Auckland - Bafana Bafana made it two from two as they were held to a goalless draw by New Zealand in a friendly in Auckland on Friday.
As it happened: NZ v Bafana
drawn 1-1 with Australia's Socceroos in Sydney on Monday, Bafana could
not shake the Kiwis, who played above their lowly 111th world ranking
and did just enough to keep out the visiting South Africans.
Igesund's young squad drew praise from numerous detractors following
the successful exercise in Australia, which painted a clearer picture of
what South Africa could expect from their young stars for the future.
in a game that looked set to be Igesund's last in charge, Bafana lacked
the cutting edge and had to make do with scraps in front of goal.
Rantie was gifted an early chance inside the opening 60 seconds when he
slipped through the Kiwis' defence and found himself alone against Glen
Moss, but he failed to beat the goalkeeper, who rushed out of his area
and met the striker making a good save.
Ayanda Patosi came close
soon afterwards but flashed wide before the teams seemed to settle into a
comfortable rhythm which rarely kicked into second gear.
hosts caused problems at the back and had Marco Rojas go close, flashing
across the face of goal after some good work in the final third.
South Africans were pegged back towards the end of the half and were
kept on their toes at the back as Tim Payne combined with Rojas and
company to trouble the visitors, but were unable to get their shots
The best chance of the half as far as the South Africans
were concerned fell to Reneilwe Letsholonyane midway through, albeit
from an offside position, striking the crossbar after the Kaizer Chiefs
midfielder's strike took a touch off Thuso Phala en route to goal.
at the break and looking in desperate need of some inspiration, Bafana
surged forward but were disappointing in front of goal, as Phala again
miscued his attempt five minutes into the second half.
broke free with a clinical counterattack second later, but a
misdirected effort from Tyler Boyd did little to trouble Ronwen
Hlompho Kekana replied with a free-kick, which he
struck well, but could not do enough to get past Moss, who made a
straightforward save in the 53rd.
Both teams made a host of
changes as the half played out but still neither side looked like
scoring. Efforts from Serero and Rantie, both well constructed in the
build-up, were disappointing in the finish.
Zwane forced the New Zealand defence into a last ditch clearance off the
line following a flowing move from the South Africans where Zwane cut
inside to get his shot away. It was deflected wide and out for a corner.
who was criticised for not wanting to have a go at goal against the
Socceroos, unleashed a powerful effort nine minutes from the end, which
Moss punched away.
In the end, a disappointing finish for the
South Africans, who head home in a reflective mood and face serious
questions before the start of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
in September - not least of which, who will replace Igesund in the
Bafana hot-seat in the coming weeks?