Bafana beat minnows Malawi

2012-12-22 18:53

Durban - Two first half goals from Lehlohonolo Majoro and Siphiwe Tshabalala, and a second half May Mahlangu penalty helped Bafana Bafana to a 3-1 victory over Malawi in an international friendly encounter at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday afternoon.

The victory was coach Gordon Igesund's third victory from his six games in charge, and served as vital preparation ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in January next year.

Bafana headed into the clash looking to get back to winning ways, after the national outfit were defeated 1-0 by Zambia on November 14, in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at the FNB Stadium.

The hosts were in with their first real opportunity of the clash and deservingly took the lead through Kaizer Chiefs striker Majoro, who replaced Bernard Parker in the starting line-up, after Parker was ruled out due to an ankle injury.

Lerato Chabangu picked up a loose ball after the Malawi defence failed to clear their lines, before using a superb piece of skill to beat his marker, getting his shot away on target and forcing goalkeeper Simplex Nthala to make a save.

Nthala thwarted Chabangu but spilled the shot, allowing Majoro to pick up the rebound and slot into an open net, to hand Bafana the early lead.

Gordon Igesund's side continued to push for a second and were rewarded four minutes later, when Tshabalala doubled Bafana's lead.

Siboniso Gaxa made a darting run up the right flank and lifted a ball forward towards Reneilwe Letsholonyane, who attempted a speculative shot at goal.

Letsholonyane's shot took a deflection from a Malawian defender, sending the ball into the path of Tshabalala, who made no mistake from close-range, scoring his 10th goal in national colours.

Malawi struggled to test the Bafana defence, with their first shot coming six minutes from the break, but David Banda failed to trouble Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, who was handed the captain's armband for the fixture.

Malawi came out into the second half looking to reduce the two goal deficit and were handed a golden opportunity to do so, three minutes into the second period.

Siyabonga Sangweni was adjudged to have brought down Robert Ng'ambi inside the penalty area, despite claims that the Malawian took a dive in order to be awarded the spot-kick.

Josephy Kamwendo stepped up to take the penalty and thundered home into the top left corner of Khune's goal, reducing Bafana's lead to just one.

Second half replacement Daine Klate saw his free-kick effort comfortably saved in the 69th minute by Nthala, who kept out the Orlando Pirates midfielder, as the game settled down.

Four minutes later, Malawi's James Sangala brought down substitute Tokelo Rantie inside the penalty area, ensuring the second penalty of the game.

Mahlangu dispatched his penalty attempt goalwards past Nthala, restoring South Africa's two goal advantage.

"We took our foot off the pedal for much of the second half and looked tired and sluggish before regaining control in the closing stages," said Igesund.

South Africa will name a 23-man Africa Cup of Nations squad next Sunday and will play Norway in Cape Town on January 8 and fellow qualifiers Algeria in Soweto four days later before opening the tournament against debutants Cape Verde Islands.


South Africa:

Itumeleng Khune (captain), Siboniso Gaxa, Thabo Matlaba, Bevan Fransman, Siyabonga Sangweni, Lerato Chabangu, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Sifiso Myeni, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Oupa Manyisa


Simplex Nthala, Steve Chagoma, Moses Chavula (captain), James Sangala, Banda, Harry Nyirenda, Josephy Kamwendo, Robyn Ngalande, Chimango Kayira, Robert Ng’ambi, Atudaye Nyondo


  • bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2012-12-22 19:03

    More pre-tournament match fixing?

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-12-23 08:51

      It is really sad that everybody is so negative about BB. I am in no way saying that the negativity is not justified. I just find it regretable that bad/incompetent administration has gotten us to here. Worst is, I cannot see any change comming. We will be stuck with these greedy incompetants for a long time to come.

      julius.malememba.7 - 2012-12-23 14:21

      And of course SABC would show the 87th ranked BB play a minnow Malawi ... cos it is cheap and the the majority of idiots in SA support BB and watch soccer ... shamefull!!

  • tomas.tom1 - 2012-12-22 19:09

    gud result, i jst hope they didn't cheat this tym

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-23 12:05

      Cheaters was live on SABC 1 yesterday and the gurls won 3-1

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-22 19:13

    Let us hope that as we celebrate this victory, there were no match fixing attached to it because as South Africans when our team plays and win we do not know now whether should we celebrate or not because of not knowing if that victory was real or not due to the scandal SAFA bosses are in with regard to Bafana Bafana match fixing scandal.The pride that the team used to have and respect from us citizens of this country is now quetionable and went down due to that, win or loose we do not know if our football bossses have a hand they put there and it is hard to celebrate the win and too to accept a lose,SAFA with this scandal has put us supporters on the fence,but I hope all bad elements will be soon be eliminated from SAFA and we start enjoying our national team victories and accept then as supporters and citizens of Rainbow nation,really SAFA president and his team has cost this country a lot in terms of football they have taken the pride the country builkd in 2010 away due to their greediness and love for money.

  • Nicole Soccer-Babe Take - 2012-12-22 19:27

    bitter loosers

  • ayanda.d.sokhela - 2012-12-22 19:40

    3-1? This match was fixed(kidding). On a serious note well done to B.B. Dont think they should read too much into the result, they were playing 'minnows' after all. Hope its a step in the right direction.

  • Mandla - 2012-12-22 19:50

    Which players do u pay if u want to fix a match?

  • collen.seoka - 2012-12-22 19:53

    Our national team play well without foreign players.

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-12-23 08:27

      Now that u said it...its true hey lmfao eish foreign players (overseas based players)

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-23 12:00

      Excellent Mr Wolf, sure gqwa maan this dude is smoking salt!

  • Trevor - 2012-12-22 20:31


  • - 2012-12-22 20:33

    Shapaaaa Makhosi shapaaaaaa!!! AMAKHOSI 2 MALAWI 1

  • mbambo.shi - 2012-12-22 21:39

    Match Fixing. Even Vakhegula-Vakhegula from Limpopo can outcast the ''Bafoona Bafoona'', provided there wont be a golden handshake between SAFA and the Match officials after the match. South African football is a RETARD, and all thanx to political interference.

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-12-22 21:44

    Hope its not fixed as usual. SAFA u guys make us lose interest in watching our boys. If not well done boys!

  • - 2012-12-22 22:09

    This game was most probably fixed....

  • - 2012-12-22 22:12

    Oh and also its malawi people!!! Hardly a team worth playing in the first place!!! Until we start playing real teams then these results mean jack.

  • jacques.h.kirchner - 2012-12-23 06:23

    You chaps will have to be able to beat the likes of Nigeria, Zambia, Egypt and Tunisia to lift the Afcon Cup. Based on performances over the last 2 years, it does not seem likely. And no, I am not a racist so do not think that I am wishing for the SA team to fail. I am just a realist who believes in percentages. I am sure it would be pleasant for most sports in the country if they can be competitive. The only way they would get more support, is if they win more. Nobody w,ants to watch a losing team!

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-23 11:57

      R u from America Bru because I like your You chaps as if you are not part of this country or continent and yet you still have that guilty concius that people must not judge you as a racist. Take this one for Christmas People unite through sport

  • muzi.mhlongo.56 - 2012-12-23 08:15

    i think brown envelopes exchanged hands. This result is nothing to be excited about and for goodness sake this is Malawi.

  • jonathan.mumo.3 - 2012-12-23 09:00

    Guys wake up

  • dsundire - 2012-12-23 09:20

    Moment of silence for Adam Ndlovu preceded the match. I guess this match was played in good spirit. Congrats Bafana. Respect

  • tebogo.mashiane.5 - 2012-12-23 10:24

    big up 2 majoro,he is a star,

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-23 11:47

    Congratulations to Bafana-bafana if this game was not coocked ahead of African Nations Cup because I read that SAFA is very good in the kitchen when preparing for big events!

  • mzamo.maxakato - 2012-12-23 12:19

    Lets ask SAFA aka We DIE or RASHWA IF WE SHOULD CELEBRATE ths it seems most of us we nt sure if it ws 4real or what!!

  • Thebe Melesi - 2012-12-23 13:02

    Waz it also fixed

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