Bafana end winless streak

2012-06-15 23:06

Nelspruit - Bafana Bafana finally brought their eight-match winless streak to an end with an emphatic 3-0 win over Gabon in an international friendly match at the Mbombela Stadium, in Nelspruit on Friday.


Controlling the game from the start, Steve Komphela's side were rewarded with goals coming in both halves.

The first was scored from a Siphiwe Tshabalala free-kick just before half-time and Tokelo Rantie doubled the lead after the break.

Mzikayise Mashaba capped off a perfect night, in the 76th minute, for the home side.

The result will also weigh heavily in favour of Komphela as he makes a presentation to the South African Football Association to turn his interim coach role into a full-time contract.

The hosts began the match by dominating possession and creating countless chances.

The first genuine opportunity fell to Reneilwe Letsholonyane in the 15th minute, when he spotted the Gabon keeper off his line.

The midfielder tried to loft the ball into the net but was just long with his attempt.

Bafana employed a far more attacking game-plan, stretching the Gabon defence and Gabon, meanwhile, were starved of the ball and forced to sit back and try and counter the SA attack.

In the 21st minute, Teko Modise came agonisingly close to finding the back of the net. One-on-one with the keeper his shot was well saved by Anthony Mfa, who tipped the ball wide of goal.

The ensuing corner saw Morgan Gould pull off an unmarked header from the near post which bounced just wide of target.

It was then the turn of Tokelo Rantie in the 24th minute. He found himself on the end of a ball inside the area but his powerful strike was rifled into the crowd.

The miss of the match, and perhaps the worst one in recent times was provided by Modise. With 33 minutes gone, he had just the keeper to beat, with acres of space in the box, but his wild shot flew 30 rows back.

A minute later, he had a much more difficult chance which again went wide but the crowd were less than forgiving - calling for his substitution.

In the 40th minute, Rantie made a good run up the middle, and he was just outside the box when he was fouled.

With a goal seemingly unlikely from open play, up stepped Siphiwe Tshabalala for the free-kick in the 42nd minute.

After much deliberation, Tshabalala went ahead with a trademark left-footed curving shot over the wall into the corner of the net, and handed Bafana a 1-0 lead going into the break.

Tshabalala was close to turning provider in the 62nd minute, as he took another free-kick from outside the area. He floated the ball on, and Gould was inches away from making contact before Mfa gathered the ball.

In the 68th minute, Rantie was on the end of a perfect ball behind the Gabon defence and he confidently slotted home to make it 2-0 to Bafana.

Eight minutes later, Mashaba ended the contest with Bafana's third as he poked the ball past the outstretched arms of the Gabon keeper to seal the much-needed win.


  • smadolo1 - 2012-06-15 23:18

    Am happy wth de way bafana played,they played very well as a team we shud hv won by 6-0 bt we missed chances bt am impressed

      godfrey.ngonyama - 2012-06-16 02:59

      I think we should start wining the games that count not just friendly games,well done boy mybe this is a start for many.

      marcel.malgas - 2012-06-16 04:10

      So it was true about that guy SAFA owed money for; Bafana won't win until Pitstop Mosimane goes or SAFA paid him the money.

      marcel.malgas - 2012-06-16 04:11

      So it was true about that guy SAFA owed money for; Bafana won't win until Pitstop Mosimane goes or SAFA paid him the money.

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-16 07:39

      Good one!, now keep it up and we will start supporting our National team again.

      grenville.felton - 2012-06-16 09:14

      we can only win friendlies now for the games that count

  • francois.vandenberg.790 - 2012-06-15 23:28

    Well done bafana, u made us proud. The win is good for our convidence. Nw we must just focus and win the games that count and not just friendly games. Thumps up to Thulani Serero!

      matthew.bartlett.7 - 2012-06-19 16:31

      This team is not representative of the demographics of the country.

  • fdalana - 2012-06-16 00:01

    well done boys!!

  • frans.mosia - 2012-06-16 00:13

    Well done Bafana hope you keep this mentality and style of playing in all games you play.It is about time you start winning serious games not only friendly games.Retrieve your number one spot in Africa and also excel internationally.

      graham.plessis - 2012-06-16 00:31

      Well done Bafana

      marcel.sandjong - 2012-06-16 04:16

      Well done BB must play against big team like Egypt Moroco Nigeria Ivory Cost Zambia Cameroon Gana perform their Duty n to be more n more strong to win the AFCON and why not the World Cup

  • Nick - 2012-06-16 01:18

    I hope this is a sign of things to come. Well done, Bafana.

  • Willie - 2012-06-16 01:58

    This rugby enthusiast congratulates Bafana, "Well done team, may this be the start of many more" It makes South Africans proud if our soccer, cricket, ladies and men's hockey, athletics, netball, rugby, swimming and those I cannot think of perform well. VIVA BAFANA, VIVA ALL SOUTH AFRICAN SPORT TEAMS, through you our nation can be united

      Siphiwo - 2012-06-16 08:11

      Well said Willie....may all the sporting codes in SA, make us proud as Nation.

      gladstone.dyonase - 2012-06-16 08:40


      bonganv - 2012-06-16 09:15

      VIVA SA sports teams!!!............

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-16 11:26

      We need MORE positive things like this to motivate ALL of us in SA - Well said Willie!

      franklyn.davies.1 - 2012-06-16 20:17

      agreed,was nice too see a good victory from the soccer guys, it is a start but i fear there are still many issues with SA soccer,but that is for another day, at the moment it is victory.

  • chamunorwa.mpofuparira - 2012-06-16 05:40

    Wel done bafana2 yestadae u played lyk men nt az boyz.A hand of applause 2 kompela who strategised a game plan.Raise t mo n yo nxt game,brasil 2014 here we come.U erased ur tears 4 ten months.

  • Sphesihle Sibiya - 2012-06-16 05:45

    i dont know what to say because we've been down this road before , can one really consider a friendly match as a competative game , one thing i know is that we are struggling to win important games and nothing has changed until we win a game that actually means something interms of progression in any competition..

      frans.mosia - 2012-06-16 12:59

      Well said Sphesihle but we cannot ignore positive accomplishments and rather focus on the negative.The boys deserve credit after last night's game, also we must not ignore your concern.

      Neville - 2012-06-16 20:35

      Well said Sphesihle , they played Gabon U 23 who prepared them for the games

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-06-16 06:20

    klomp bobejane as jy my vra

      siphelele.master2 - 2012-06-16 07:14

      Steven we do not need comments of this nature or rather people like you,not in our South Africa.\r\nPlease reverse your comment!!!

      rhyno.vermaak - 2012-06-16 08:19

      Gelukkig vra niemand jou nie. Idiot..

      Pieter Kunz - 2012-06-16 08:25

      Jeez... Thats a bit unwanted comments

      gladstone.dyonase - 2012-06-16 08:37

      Where are we going with this country, if we still have Mr Trollip?

      nissen.eugene - 2012-06-16 09:08

      We don't need ppl like u in sa f off aashole sob

      Priester - 2012-06-16 09:48

      Steven smaak my jy is die grootste bobejaan! Jou flippen IDIOOT. Congratulations BB, please keep it up and win those crucial qualifiers.

      Hein - 2012-06-16 10:07

      Lyk my jy is die bobbejaan met al die bruin goed op jou bolip trollip!!

      franklyn.davies.1 - 2012-06-16 20:20

      @Steven,nobody on these forums wants to hear about your family you plank.

  • khotso.letsie - 2012-06-16 06:25

    Emphasis on the word friendly.... If only they actually won where it mattered i.e. tournament qualifiers. Otherwise it's just a useless win, wonder who this author is trying too fool with that title

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-06-16 06:31

    When it least matters!

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-06-16 06:39

    playd against the blind!!!!

  • cornevtonder - 2012-06-16 06:55

    Well done to bafana bafana on the win now let's get behind the bokke for win this afternoon against England Habana jou leke ding

  • sadrick.lottering - 2012-06-16 07:11

    How can the Gabon game count in Komphela's favour, our we now making peace with our mediocre status?

  • sadrick.lottering - 2012-06-16 07:11

    How can the Gabon game count in Komphela's favour, our we now making peace with our mediocre status?

  • Mtk.the.poet - 2012-06-16 07:15

    I'm sorry I'm a big Bafana follower but I can not jump up and down for winning a friendly match,qualify for WC come on you boys, Springboks: I urge all South Africans to get behind the Bokke today,even if you only support soccer,let us be patriotic of our country,come you yellow and purple,black and white, Banyana Banyana also playing a qualifier today,remember they are the only soccer side that will represent SA in London olympics this year,let us Support our girls please,watch out for Janine Van Wyk,Amanda Dlamini,Amanda Sista,kyle Ann Louw,Moodly,Mathlou,Portia Modise and others\r\nVIVA Mzantsi ViVa!!!

      gladstone.dyonase - 2012-06-16 08:31


  • roderickmark - 2012-06-16 07:22

    Bafana always seem to save these performances for teams ranked higher than them in meaningless friendlies. We came out of 2 points of a possible 6 against lower ranked teams in world cup qualifying matches. Now suddenly Komphela is a hot candidate to be the coach because of a 'pointless' match? There should not even be any question that the best man in the country to do the job is Gordon Igesund.

  • Moses Wageng - 2012-06-16 07:26

    that was excellent for a win, let SAFA give others a chance too. lets see other coaches how would they perform.

  • J.D. - 2012-06-16 07:26

    Congratulations. Keep on winning and all will support you.

  • Warren - 2012-06-16 07:27

    Match fixing

      franklyn.davies.1 - 2012-06-16 20:45

      hahahahaha,nice one troll.

  • Mtk.the.poet - 2012-06-16 07:28

    Gordon for head coach, steve for vice!!! Finish and klaar! Bafana kao fella

  • Claude - 2012-06-16 07:53

    Great to end the drought but we have to look at the result in terms of the opposition. In any event well played Bafana Bafana.

      tumelo.mabua - 2012-06-16 11:21

      Either way we have previously drawn with weaker opposition, and besides a win elevates morale!

  • Siphiwo - 2012-06-16 08:09

    Well done brought pride back into the entire nation. Steve, keep up the good work with your technical staff and all the other stake holders...a job well done. We hope from now henceforth, this is the beginning of good things to come.

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-06-16 08:17

    If we had won 7-0 then i wudv seen some progress, the finishing has been our problem nd it continues to be. We need to capitalise on our dominance. 3 goals frm so many clear cut chances is not impressive. U cant win games without goals.

  • willard.nemapare - 2012-06-16 08:46

    go Khomphela go-go bafana bafana go it wz wonderful.

  • bhai.noor.3 - 2012-06-16 08:47

    Happy-but should be done when it matters most,to buy a car go to

  • nissen.eugene - 2012-06-16 09:03

    Rubbish opp u23 gabon no matter hw poor modise plays he stil gets pickd khompela is another mamparra like his predecessor gordon 4 bafana coach khompela f off back 2 stars

      tumelo.mabua - 2012-06-16 11:15

      If you saw the whole game you would have seen that Teko got replaced!

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-06-16 09:22

    Laughable!!! Heralded as an amazing display - pathetic! They were u23. Last time they couldn't even score against a disabled (terribly knock-kneed) goalkeeper! Laughable

      Tankiso - 2012-06-16 10:19


  • Patrick Cawood - 2012-06-16 10:14

    3-0 vs no 49 in the world!! Great win Just a worry that the wrong coach will now be chosen

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