Bafana, Senegal in stalemate

2012-02-29 22:43

Durban - South Africa played to a goalless draw with Senegal in an international friendly at a rainy Moses Mabhida Stadium here on Wednesday night.
Bafana Bafana created the better chances throughout the match, but a combination of good goalkeeping from Senegal’s Bouna Coundoul and some poor finishing left the hosts still searching for their first win against the Teranga Lions after this, the teams’ fifth meeting.
South Africa created the best chance of the first half in just the ninth minute when midfielder May Mahlangu burst forward to have a shooting chance from inside the penalty area, but under pressure from a Senegal defender he saw his left-footed effort well saved by Bouna Coundoul.
Bafana had to wait another 20 minutes before they again looked like scoring, as a promising build-up of quick passes handed Katlego Mphela a chance to get away a snap shot, but his effort was scuffed and easily saved by Coundoul.
With 10 minutes of the first half remaining the hosts created another opportunity inside the Teranga Lions’ 18-yard area, but youngster Thulani Serero lost his composure and sliced his right-footed shot well wide of the target.
Senegal threatened little in attack throughout the first half, as they mostly looked to hit South Africa on the counter. Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune had a relatively quiet first 45 minutes.
Early in the second half it seemed as if the visitors would be much more of a handful, but it only took a few minutes for Bafana to re-assert their moderate control of the game when half-time substitutes Punch Masenamela and Thanduyise Khuboni got up to speed after replacing Tsepo Masilela and Kagisho Dikgacoi respectively.
Coundoul made his best save of the night in the 59th minute, diving to his left to smother a Mphela header after the Bafana striker had played a well-weighted pass out to the overlapping Anele Ngcongca before sprinting into the danger zone to meet the right-back’s excellent cross.
Three minutes later the West Africans should have taken the lead when Pape Souare provided a peach of a cross from the left flank that took the Bafana centre-backs and goalkeeper out of the game, but Dame N’Doye somehow missed the target from just a couple of metres out.
Mphela had a chance to win the game in the 86th minute when he received a great cut-back from substitute George Maluleka, but he was unable to get away a first-time shot and his attempts to work space for an effort on the turn saw him quickly closed down.
Teko Modise almost stole a win for Bafana Bafana deep in injury time with a dipping long-range strike, but Coundoul once again was equal to the task, getting his fingertips to the ball to direct it over his crossbar. The final whistle blew immediately afterwards.
South Africa: Khune; Ngcongca, Khumalo, Gould, Masilela (Masenamela 46’), Pienaar (Maluleka 68’), Dikgacoi (Khuboni 46’), Mahlangu (T. Sangweni 85’), Serero (Modise 68’), Mphela, Manqele (Mokoena 68’)
Senegal: Coundoul; J. Faty, Ba, P. Gueye, Souare, I. Gueye, Diame (Kouyate 56’), R. Faty (Thioune 88’), N’Diaye (Diabang 64’), Konate (Diop 90+5’), N’Doye (Badji 72’)
Referee: R. Ruzive (Zimbabwe)


  • Tankiso Mogagabe - 2012-02-29 23:29

    pitso should spare the nation humuliation and just resign he doesnt know what hes doing.

  • Tebogo - 2012-02-29 23:57

    I watched a game between Eng & Ned, passion, determination and composure from both teams. Bro Pitso please latlhela towel. Always excuses and still learning philosophy. No man.

      Tokollo - 2012-03-01 07:02

      Ja ne I think most people ended up watching the European teams. Pitso should give up. He is clearly fighting a losing battle. As much I don't support firing coaches, but bra Pitso is lacking experience. His favouritism on certain players is going to destroy our football

  • Deon - 2012-03-01 06:24

    Can't blame Pitso, the players need to take responsibility, they just aren't up to stratch.

      Kevin - 2012-03-01 07:13

      Deon, Pitso is the one chosing the players

      mrmogoswane - 2012-03-01 09:44

      coach's are there to pick players and motivate players, coaches like Gordon Igesund have taken teams that were virtually unknown and won the league with those same player's, look at Moroka swallows they finished 13th last season and this season under him they are number 6 and just 3 points out side the top 3. When he was at sundowns, the "Brazillians" played one of the best football SA has ever seen, "i'm a chiefs supported and believe me i still have scars from that era" they really played like Brazilians, Coaches need to understands players and brings out the best in them, but in SA those type coaches "Igesund , Gavin Hunt". coaches that have earned their stripes in local football are constantly being over looked, Pitso hasnt earned his stripes yet, still tempermental and is a moto mouth, he still needs to learn. hence when ever he looses he say's it's a learning curve and he is right he is still learning.

  • Deon - 2012-03-01 06:33

    The players are supposedly the "best" in the PSL but are quite simpily not good enough for international level.

  • Tokollo - 2012-03-01 06:56

    Defensively Bafana played well. The Midfield was full of energy and their passing game was a threat to Senegal with Thulani Serero, May Mahlangu & Schillo Pienaar gelling well together. That striking department is a real let down. Mphela looked inexperienced; he never threated the defence and tended to drift into the midfield. He was caught out of position. Pitso’s decision making ability was really tested and he failed with flying colours. If the coach is preparing for 2013 why did he play Khune. Sandilands needs the game time to fit into the team. And the inclusion of Mphela for 90 min was just a waste. Pitso you really let us down, again :-(....

  • Heiku - 2012-03-01 07:02

    I dont know what you guys are complaining about. Senegal are MUCH better than us and we actually held them to a draw.

      Victor - 2012-03-01 08:21

      as well as the last 3 matches, was against African champions Zambia and Ghana. we not doing that bad. at least not loosing- Cup half full :)

      mothapo2 - 2012-03-01 08:54

      what game did u watch bra ?

      Arthur - 2012-03-01 10:03

      @ Heiku, Senegal was playing they youth team and we still couldnt beat them.

  • Mohammed Afzal Jhetam - 2012-03-01 07:02

    Although I'm a die hard Bafana supporter and won't change, they play a very boring brand of football. We only created about 3 chances in the whole game

      Heiku - 2012-03-01 07:53

      That is the best possible game plan when you are a below par team trying to punch above your weight. That's how Greece won the euro

  • Tokollo - 2012-03-01 07:20

    Bring Back Benni. Pitso's tactics are not working. The player has a great strike rate and he is full of energy and knows how to score. He might lack pace but his experience far out classes Mphela and Co. Right now we are tired of building, the draws are coming in thick and fast, WE WANT TO WIN GAMES!

      Heiku - 2012-03-01 07:55

      If they bring Benni back the game plan can be built around him. We will still fail though.

  • Koos - 2012-03-01 07:43

    Let's face it the players are useless and will never ever be in the same league as Europe players. Watching Bafana is actrually so embarassing but laughable as well

  • Ricardo Canham - 2012-03-01 07:59

    It's the same old bafana. Great build-up horrific finish. Someone is'nt doing there job because it is unfathimable that sa has no stricker. Something needs to be done, workshops for strickers or train the trainers....something!

  • Ricardo Canham - 2012-03-01 08:00

    It's the same old bafana. Great build-up horrific finish. Someone is'nt doing there job because it is unfathimable that sa has no stricker. Something needs to be done, workshops for strickers or train the trainers....something!

  • Victor - 2012-03-01 08:15

    Take a Look at the difference between the overseas players pienaar, masilela etc in physical built and then the local players -The PSL needs to train them harder

  • John - 2012-03-01 08:20

    The entire philosophy in terms of the way we approach our national team needs to change. We are not up to the physical demands of the modern game. In essence the players are not big and strong enough (forwards & backs). Look at all the top African sides. They are big & strong & take no prisoners. More time needs to be spent with top conditioners bulking up the players (ala rugby). We cannot score goals simply because our forwards get taken off the ball with ease. Get stronger bigger players and we will start winning.

  • mothapo2 - 2012-03-01 09:04

    hey guys lets be honest here we n't playing badly and we starting to have depth in certian area especially in the middle but i stil think we defending to deep and our coach at times runs out of ideas,y did he play mphela if he need more my opinion he should play more strikers and rest tested players like khune,anele,tshepo pieneer and mphela.and make no mistake for all must win games we need benni and nomvete until we develop enough striker to chose from.

      Tokollo - 2012-03-01 09:32

      I couldn't have said it better. But again Pitso has no back-bone. He can't rest these players because he worships his so called senior players.

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