Bafana ease past Mozambique

2012-09-11 22:29

Nelspruit - Bernard Parker scored a brace as Bafana Bafana defeated Mozambique 2-0 in a friendly match at the Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Kaizer Chiefs striker scored early in the first half and then again late in the second to hand coach Gordon Igesund his first victory in only his second game in charge of the squad.

The hosts opened the scoring with the first chance of the match in the seventh minute when Siphiwe Tshabalala collected a loose ball on the left and played a perfect through-ball for Parker, who finished with a low left-footed shot across the goalkeeper, 1-0.

The lead was almost doubled four minutes later when a headed clearance fell for Reneilwe Letsholonyane just outside the penalty area, but his volleyed shot flew just over the crossbar.

A minute later Tshabalala’s in-swinging cross from the right found Bongani Khumalo at the near-post, but his header also went above the target.

Igesund’s side continued to look dangerous when pushing forward with Thulani Serero and Letsholonyane getting involved, but in the 21st minute Parker curled his shot wide of the post after receiving another pass from Tshabalala.

Then the visitors almost levelled matters against the run of play four minutes later when Helder Pelembe was given enough space to unleash a powerful shot from range, but his effort went inches over the crossbar.

Bafana Bafana put that scare behind them and continued to put pressure on the Mambas but Khumalo failed to get his header on target in the 31st minute, while Lerato Chabangu’s free-kick dipped over the crossbar eight minutes later.

Khumalo thought he had finally managed to get his name on the score sheet in the 41st minute when he nodded home from a Tshabalala free-kick, but his celebrations were cut short by the assistant referee who had his flag up for offside.

The home side then came close to doubling the lead three minutes into the second half when Parker broke through on the right before playing a low shot which was cleared by Zainadine Junior, who was under pressure, but the Mozambican was relieved to see the ball going over the crossbar.

Both sides then started making some changes and in the 60th minute substitute May Mahlangu beat his marker on the right before playing a low cross towards Parker at the near post, but his clever touch went straight to goalkeeper Nelson Logomale.

The Mozambican goalkeeper then pulled off a great save six minutes later to keep his side in the game as he denied Tshabalala from close range, after the winger had latched onto a pass from George Maluleka.

The second goal did finally arrive in the 87th minute from a great run from another substitute in Thamsanqa Gabuza who then played the ball across for Parker to fire home from the edge of the box following a dummy move from Siboniso Gaxa, 2-0.

The Mambas were handed one last scoring chance in the third minute of added time when goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs was robbed of possession, but his blushes were saved by defender Bevan Fransman who blocked Clesio Bauque’s goalbound shot.


  • bongile.langa - 2012-09-11 22:35

    mothaaaaaaaaaaataaaaa bannnnna!!!!!!!!!!

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-11 23:25

      That's more like it Bafana so well done lads.Mozambique is no push over and proof of that is that they caused one of the big shocks of last weekend with a 2-0 home win over the 2004 CAF runners-up Morocco. This coach,Gordon Igesund,is quite a step up in class from that previous one Bafana had before Igesund came in.Bafana lost 1-0 to Brazil the other day,but China lost 8-0 tonight to Brazil and that just shows that whatever Gordon Igesund is doing,he is doing a good job so far.

      johnny.matsetse - 2012-09-12 02:34

      Bongile.Langa Not mothaaaaaaaaaataaaa bannnna But Hothaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa bannnnnaa

      ddnjozela - 2012-09-12 15:13

      Jose we all can see there is change in the bafana camp thats what we wanted a motivated team.. a motivated team can achieve the impossible, look at what zambia did. the new guys such as Dean Furman added more stability, we just need Pinaar on the right flank now coz in this game it was utilised alot.

  • bongile.langa - 2012-09-11 22:38

    superb play by our boyz 2today, well done guyz. if any1 criticizd their last match, pleeeaazzz voice ur viewz again!

  • lorrenzo.mokgosana - 2012-09-11 22:39

    well done boys,Gordon Igesund is the MAN

  • fdalana - 2012-09-11 22:44

    good performance!

  • mpho.galane1 - 2012-09-11 22:44

    This bafana bafana team reminded me of Sundowns team that did 35 passes against Chiefs @ Lotus few yes back

  • provence.poppies - 2012-09-11 22:58

    I did not view the match but good win. Keep it up guys. This is the way forward.

  • morapedi.tshwarelo - 2012-09-11 23:00

    Well done Bafana and a big congrats to Gordon Igesound. Well played keep it up!

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-09-11 23:05


  • dumisani.thamaga - 2012-09-11 23:12

    I respect Gordon,he ddnt hv a minute since he took charge to lead bafana,bt he turned the table,I wonder wat Pitso is saying about Gordon.Congrate Bafana,u play liked lyk champions 2day.

  • Sydney Hakeem Thabo Dipela - 2012-09-11 23:12

    Dean Furman what a talent! impressive touches tough tackler n passer of the ball

  • Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2012-09-11 23:21

    Could have done better playing against a second string Mambas side, Tshabalala

  • lanre.beckley.9 - 2012-09-11 23:45

    Well done Banana Banana, let's see u guys win against big guns in african football then u can celebrate... Even julius malema pot belly 11 will beat mozambique second string side...

  • eugenemolato.mdakane - 2012-09-12 00:56

    Well done to Bafana and coach Gordon Igesund with the impressive perfomance,we are improving with every game.We are on the right track.

  • kenny.mandiwana - 2012-09-12 02:07

    GO Bafanabafana GOOOO!!!!!,Now you making us proud....,we ca n't wait 4next game.

  • lean.sadie - 2012-09-12 05:21

    Well done Bafana Bafana.

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-09-12 07:22

    Thank Mr Igesund and the team for the effort u all demonstrated last night. A competitive side is all South Africans want!\r\n\r\nwell done!

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-09-12 07:44

    Weldone,Dean Furman is the manfome, He is a great player, Parker u my striker, KC combination

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-09-12 07:50

    But Moeneeb Nearly cost us a goal tjo, He is not good with back passes,

  • paul.davids.923 - 2012-09-12 07:54

    they played very well , they must ..they must have more games to gel together as a team, Igesund is doing well with the team i just pray they can keep it up .

  • tokollo.moeletsi - 2012-09-12 08:52

    Well done Bafana. A win is a win regardless of the opponents. Mozambique is a quality team and Bafana played some great football. However there is still a lot of work to be done ahead of the 2014 WC in Brazil and for us to qualify we need to play our hearts out at every game and show character. Well done to Gordon for giving Josephs a chance to play. We need to gel the team together and the only way is to provide game time to each and every player.

  • zamani.z.ngidi - 2012-09-12 09:47

    Bosso ke Mang?...Gordon! For the first time in whiiiile im actually looking forward to Bafana's next game with an "assured win" hope..feel so sorry for Poland

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