Bafana fight back for draw

2011-11-12 17:21

Port Elizabeth - The Nelson Mandela Challenge match between South Africa and the Ivory Coast ended in a 1-1 draw at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium here on Saturday.
An own goal from Siboniso Gaxa left the Elephants a goal up at halftime, but Bafana Bafana replied through an excellent free kick from Katlego Mphela to leave honours even at the final whistle.
The match gave Pitso Mosimane a chance to test his team against Africa’s highest-ranked side and a draw is a respectable result as they look to build towards the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Ivory Coast controlled the game in the first half, enjoying a great share of possession, but it was South Africa who created the better goal scoring opportunities.
On the quarter hour mark a great pass from Reneilwe Letsholonyane gave Katlego Mphela a chance to put the hosts into the lead, but - under pressure from Kolo Toure - his low shot was tame and easily saved by goalkeeper Boubacar Barry.
Morgan Gould then forced Barry into producing an excellent save on 30 minutes, heading on goal from Tshabalala’s free kick only to see the Elephants’ goalkeeper keep it out with some sharp reactions at his near post.
In between, the visitors were denied a clear penalty when Gervinho was tripped in the Bafana Bafana box, but the referee somehow failed to point to the spot. The visitors remonstrated with the official, so much so that captain Didier Zokora was cautioned.
The hosts were dealt a blow less than half an hour into the match when first choice left-back Tsepo Masilela was taken off injured, having failed to recover from an earlier collision with Igor Lolo.
Siboniso Gaxa came off the bench to replace the Spanish-based player after 26 minutes. Unfortunately for ‘Pa’, his first noteworthy contribution was an own goal nine minutes before the break - confusion in the Bafana defence saw him head a looping ball into his own net, despite the best efforts of Siyabonga Sangweni to clear it away.
The goal gave the Elephants even more confidence and only a great save with his feet from Moeneeb Josephs stopped striker Seydou Doumbia making it 2-0 in the 40th minute after yet more indecisive defending from Gaxa.
The second half saw South Africa up their level of play and they drew level in the 53rd minute, with Mphela scoring a terrific goal direct from a free kick to make it 1-1.
And just three minutes later Bafana almost surged into the lead, as Barry had to make a sharp save to stop Siaka Tiene scoring an own goal as he unwittingly directed a Tshabalala cross towards his net.
Letsholonyane also missed out on a great chance to score a short while later, scooping a shot over the bar after great combination play from Steven Pienaar and Anele Ngcongca to create the chance for the Kaizer Chiefs player.
The hosts looked the likelier scorers for most of the second half but the Ivory Coast did have their dangerous moments: Josephs had to make two good saves in the space of a minute to deny both Max Gradel and Doumbia.
In the end, the match fizzled out to a 1-1 draw. Bafana used the chance to bring on some late substitutes, handing senior national team debuts to the likes of George Lebese and Siyabonga Nontshinga.

South Africa (0) 1 (Mphela 53’)
Ivory Coast (1) 1 (Gaxa og 36’)

South Africa: Josephs; Ngcongca, Gould, Sangweni, Masilela (Gaxa 26’), Dikgacoi, Letsholonyane (Khuboni 90’), Pienaar (Maluleka 90+5’), Claasen (Manyisa 59’), Tshabalala (Lebese 90+6’), Mphela (Nontshinga 90’)
Ivory Coast: Barry; Lolo, Bamba, K. Toure, Tiene, Zokora, Y. Toure (Ya Konan 85’), Gosso (Eboue 88’), Gradel (Kalou 78’), Gervinho, Doumbia (Boni 66’)


  • Maarten - 2011-11-12 17:30

    Well done Bafana! You make me proud!

      Maarten - 2011-11-12 18:42

      Dude, this was not Botswana or Swaziland.... This was Ivory Coast! Now tell me honestly, what score line where you expecting before the game started? Hell, i would have been worried about putting money on a less than 2 resul!

      John - 2011-11-12 19:42

      No affirmative action, no racist measures to artificially push bananas bananas forward... I still remember when they asked the Commonwealth Games to be changed for developing participators, instead of for athletes on MERIT! They wanted to bring the rest of the world down to their own level!

  • Franklyn - 2011-11-12 18:13

    Why are we happy with a draw ? you must never be happy with a draw ! havent we learnt a very hard lesson about drawing a game recently !....and a home game you settle for nothing less than a win..finish and klaar !

  • 88Sky88 - 2011-11-12 18:14

    Eish Bananna Bananna couldn't qualify for the African Cup next year... You need a couple of Boertjies in the team ;)

  • humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2011-11-12 18:27

    After the game Bafana coach said "There's no striker at the PSL better than Mphela" I disagree though, this men is becoming a clown...

      Christopher - 2011-11-12 19:01

      i agree completely, and he is giving him a big head, soon the boy will start behaving like benni, there are lots of strikers who are even more hungry than mphela. i wonder if the national team has professional scouts that go around the country/world assisting the coach with player selections...if so the likes of May Mahlangu(player of the year in sweden) should have been part of this squad that played today. if we are preparing for the 2014 world cup, these are the games where we should introduce fresh talent into the squad. and as for the coach to wait until the game is over before substituting and giving the likes of lebese a chance? beats me...Tshabalala, Pienaar and others may not be a significant part of the squad in brazil, we need fresh talent, fast...

  • Eland - 2011-11-12 19:04

    Bafan are a national disgrace. What they are good at is dancing. They are softies, we need a more mature and strong team to match the best not these dancing softies!

  • John - 2011-11-12 19:38

    No affirmative action, no racist measures to artificially push bananas bananas forward... I still remember when they asked the Commonwealth Games to be changed for developing participators, instead of for athletes on MERIT! They wanted to bring the rest of the world down to their own level!

      Pierre - 2011-11-12 21:49

      Hey John, you obviously went to the wrong university of life1. Too stupid to get into the right ones?

  • sean.looney - 2011-11-12 19:58

    a bunch of idiots commenting in here! well done bafana bafana! a good result against a very good ivory coast side! its funny how my fellow white south africans are quick to insult and condemn bafana bafana and bring up racial policies within other sports when what they should be doing is supporting their OWN COUNTRY. so many of you claim you aren't racist but some of the vitriol that gets spat out on these forums borders on being blatantly racist. lets stop with all the politics and get behind the teams that represent SOUTH AFRICA and not white vs. black interests.

      88Sky88 - 2011-11-12 20:20

      Whooo boet jy maar na n deurmekaar seun.. Watse ding is daai op jou kop?

      sean.looney - 2011-11-12 20:44

      im not going to dignify stupid responses with stupid answers. i expected some sort of backlash towards my comment anyways, this site is predictable if nothing else. some people will agree with what i said and others will continue to live their lives blinkered by their own hate and cynicism.

      Maarten - 2011-11-12 20:56

      @sean, well said boet! Both times!

      Pierre - 2011-11-12 21:44

      @sean - would not have said it better, well spoken.AS much as i love this country and will do anything for it we would be far better of if we all just stood together and supported our national teams no matter what

      Gordon - 2011-11-13 06:41

      You are right Sean,the really played well and it was a enjoyable game to watch,ag maybe some of the other people on this dont like football.

      Franklyn - 2011-11-13 17:14

      @Sean,up until your initial posting i can see only one person(copying and pasting)that could be confirmed as white and passing what could be construed as racist commentary,dont tar everyone with the same brush pal...looks like you went looking for a fight,and found it,there will always be trolls on every forum...typecasting people as racists because they are white/black is pretty stupid.

  • Tshepo - 2011-11-14 10:37

    So Bafana Bafana rejoice for Draws??!! what happened to 'Wins" being important?... great match nonetheless

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