Bafana held to another draw

2012-06-09 17:02

Gaborone - Bafana Bafana took another blow in their World Cup qualifying campaign, as they drew 1-1 with Botswana in their Group A match here on Saturday.

The visitors dominated the first half and could have been a few goals clear, but again poor finishing cost the South Africans.

In the first game under interim coach Steve Komphela, they created countless chances in the first 45 minutes.

Bafana scored first in the 14th minute through Morgan Gould, but the home side levelled matters seven minutes before the break with Ofentse Nato finding the back of the net.

South Africa, who drew their opening qualifier against Ethiopia lalst week, will now face an uphill battle to finish top of their group, with only one spot available to advance to the next stage of qualification.

Earlier, in perfect conditions the game began at a frenetic pace.

Anele Ngcongca was first to cross the ball into the home side's area but Botrswana goalkeeper Kabelo Dambe had it covered.

The hosts came close to scoring in the fourth minute from a free kick.

The headed attempt came in from Ndiyapo Letsholathebe which ricocheted off the crossbar.

Katlego Mphela had his first shot in the ninth minute, but the scuffed attempt was wide of goal.

Siphiwe Tshabalala had a strike cleared off the line by Nato to deny the South African playmaker in the 12th minute.

Two minutes later, however, the visitors went ahead.

From a pin-point corner, courtesy of Pienaar, Gould obliged with a header that had the beating of the Botswana 'keeper, to make it 1-0 to South Africa.

Mphela then began to dominate the Botswana defence with a flurry of attempts.

The best came in the 23rd minute when he forced a good save from a free kick 25m out, as Bafana looked to double their lead.

But the home side began to take control of the clash after the first half hour, and were rewarded with an equaliser in the 38th minute when Nato capitalised on a rebounded shot.

Eight minutes after the break, Tshabalala had a trademark left-footed curling shot tipped over the post from a strike heading for the top-left corner of the net.

On the hour mark, with what would have been his first touch, substitute Tokelo Rantie raced Dambe to the ball with the 'keeper managing to tip the ball out for a corner.

Another probing set piece from Pienaar in the 64th minute saw Gould with a free header that just missed the target.

With 11 minutes left, Teko Modise - who came on just after the break - wasted a golden opportunity when he was unmarked in the box but he wildly launched his shot over target.


  • joemols - 2012-06-09 17:08

    I told u Big Head wasn't gonna make it,what would make him succeed,they couldn't beat Ethiopia,him and Mosimanyana,yerrrrr,these guys!

  • roiyen - 2012-06-09 17:08


  • smadolo1 - 2012-06-09 17:12

    Leave Khompela alone,time to evaluate quality players we have in this country

      Wesley - 2012-06-09 17:56

      Yes at R 800000 a month give him time to line his pockets

      cogill2 - 2012-06-09 20:00

      he selected the players

      cogill2 - 2012-06-09 20:06

      khompela chose the players

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-10 07:37

      Put at least 75% white players in the team and South Africa will at least be number one in Africa again within two months time. Reality hurts.

  • Dhirshan - 2012-06-09 17:12

    can someone please explain why sa are world beaters in far more technical sports like cricket and rugby, which require high skill sets . . . but we cant kick a round ball into a net? we have the best resources and infrastructure in africa and are the richest of the lot . . . but we are ranked 14th in the continent. i truly dont understand!

      nhamo.dzenyika - 2012-06-09 18:16

      but how many countries in the world play rugby and cricket?

      cogill2 - 2012-06-09 20:01

      because to many soweto players are selected

      kndobe - 2012-06-09 21:02

      There are only 3 good teams in Rugby and 2 in Cricket the rest are average, never compare them two soccer please

      Psyborge - 2012-06-09 23:20

      @nhamo.dzenyika - 96 IRB unions. 105 ICC member countries. Your point?

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-10 07:37

      Put at least 75% white players in the team and South Africa will at least be number one in Africa again within two months time. Reality hurts.

  • howard.komati - 2012-06-09 17:16


      Erna - 2012-06-09 17:23

      They've paid. A team that thinks a sangoma can help them win games is doomed. God also can't help!

  • luthando.yaso - 2012-06-09 17:21

    End of the road for Khompela.Give Gordon his job

  • Kwestar - 2012-06-09 17:23

    I think we need a spercial trainer for striking force,coz all of our strikers need to get neara the to shoot.they still don't know how kick for shooting and passing,if we look at the football played in europ and other oersea's clabs,they should learn ways to kick and shoot from,becoase we've the quality to play but not shoot.

      cogill2 - 2012-06-09 20:02

      you dont need a special trainer you need a good striker.

      ad.madock - 2012-06-10 09:52

      They dont need a special trainer....Bafana just need Bennie!

  • pedrosa.matjeni - 2012-06-09 17:26

    Here we go again,Bafana failed once more to rise to the occasionm.We continue to be the laughing- stock on world stage,we are now sinking further,unable to atleast swim to the's not about the couch,its about those players who do not put more efforts harder on to play,maybe their salaries shoud be paid by perfomance,really they do not deserve incentives,they do not work for their salaries,please Safa do something,even if older and expirienced players can be call,the current crop of players are frustrating the nation,let alone putting more pressure and stress on the couch.

      cogill2 - 2012-06-09 20:07

      change of players would do the trick

  • Erna - 2012-06-09 17:28

    I don't think even Gordon Ingesund can save this. You have to have committed players to win games.

      cogill2 - 2012-06-09 20:03

      all the best strikers from bafana was capetonian.... mark williams, bartlett, benni. We dont need soweto strikers

  • Aubrey - 2012-06-09 17:34

    Please south africans help me get this Equesion :( ANC) africa national corruption (SAFA) south african foolish association = ? i need the correct answear, please SAs .

      Don.Tandy - 2012-06-09 17:52

      Anarchy Nepotism Corruption They need introduce selection on merit.

      Hugo - 2012-06-09 18:49

      what is your question

  • Tawizee - 2012-06-09 17:34

    If bafana goes to Brazil in 2014 then I'm going to Mars. No joke

  • Retlaw - 2012-06-09 17:35

    Our players do not understand what an "Honour" it is to play for our country! We are no doubt the laughing stock of the football world!

  • michael.emmanuel.77 - 2012-06-09 17:37

    The previous coach instilled a drawing mentality ,listening to post match addresses he use to celebrate the draws even the losses,in Europe see how a coach is pained if he does loose and Barca coach resigned even Bayern Munich coach was too pained ,in Euros we likely to see the same ,in South Africa surely Gavin HUNT and Gordon are the only two with the winning mentality track record but why were they not appointed when Carlos quit or as Carlos assistants ,was it BEE?well at times we have to b realistic,soccer is result based,when Pitso failed to tak Bafana Bafana to Gabon and E.Guinea,that was the right time to change coach now in middle it is risky,it is better to leave Komphela seeing that chances are that there are likely not to go any where ,the new coaches might taint their cv's if they get involved now.

      cogill2 - 2012-06-09 20:08

      the previous coach installed a not winning mentality

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-06-09 17:38

    o man I am so dissapointed but I can not see us qualifying...we look good on the whole but when under pressure our defense is totally in dissaray and our players/including strikers are not putting themselves in the right spot to score- there were so many chances created but when the ball/cross/pass arrive there is no-one to take it. Anticipation is lacking on the whole and those strikers stopping a throughball backwards instead of letting it run and working on it continues to amaze me

  • Glyn - 2012-06-09 17:39

    No comment.

  • rezo.mosepele - 2012-06-09 17:40

    Th players lack hunger, u can hire n fire la the coaches in the world. We have to come with philosphy that suits, blv in n invest I'm our own ideas.

  • Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-06-09 17:41

    first of all sing the national anthem with pride then you will win games bafana. bfanana you guys are useless damn!

  • fdalana - 2012-06-09 17:41

    bafana is suffering from the liverpool syndrome. they still don't want to accept that they are bo longer a top team any more.

      Psyborge - 2012-06-09 18:00

      Since when a top team?

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-10 07:39

      Put at least 75% white players in the team and South Africa will at least be number one in Africa again within two months time. Reality hurts.

  • Prosper - 2012-06-09 17:42

    Haa yah!

  • Lesetja Sema - 2012-06-09 17:42

    De whole team must be Fired & under 23 should b promoted. let us not fear 2 do des look at Egypt, dey did dat & now de start 2 c improvement. Bafana is disgusting.

  • peter.g.sibuyi - 2012-06-09 17:51

    The whole safa leadership must resign n give others a chance to lead. They only care about fat cheques they receive.

      nhamo.dzenyika - 2012-06-09 20:04

      why should the leadership resign Peter? are they the ones that play in the pitch? England has failed to win anything substantial since 1966 but have never heard their people say the FA people should resign. this is the coach's responsibility for goodness sake.

  • Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-06-09 17:51

    rather support zimbabwe!

  • Innocent - 2012-06-09 17:53

    In world cup they disappoint nations,last year African Nations cup and now they fail again to qualifies matches to 2014 world cup.these is end of an era.we have to disband Bafana Bafana under 23 take the stage.

  • Skwertno1 - 2012-06-09 17:54

    They were pathetic again, get rid of No. 16 Dumaleng he's a clown always has been

  • isaac.masonto - 2012-06-09 17:55

    I don't see ourself qualifying for Brazil World Cup No.

      sithembiso.nkwanyana - 2012-06-09 18:30

      We need new blood in the team ,these Bafana players dont have fighting spirit

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-06-09 17:56

    I will coach bafana for R100k a month and I can guarantee a win (but only after 10 months) - and if that does not happen they can sack me with an additional R1m golden handshake. What have they got to lose?

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-06-09 18:01

    What a useless bunch! What did Irvin Khoza say some time ago about the class of players we have . . Guess we would be hosting another WC soon . . .

  • Psyborge - 2012-06-09 18:01

    Ill make prediction...the next wc they qualify for is gonna be, let me see...the 1 we host again

  • roiyen - 2012-06-09 18:04

    I LOL because I am embarrass. Do you guys honestly think Gordon or another coach are going to be successful with the bunch of clowns (Pienaar excluded) playing soccer for SA? Do you really think there is still a chance for us with current players to qualify for Brazil? I'm sorry but I don't think there is hope unless we transform soccer to a level where we select players based on their performance ;)

      cogill2 - 2012-06-09 20:12

      make the bafana team capetonian.....look to the second division for talent

      kndobe - 2012-06-09 21:06

      Why exclude Pienaar tell me??

  • Mfundo - 2012-06-09 18:15

    So bad 4 look like it need child to do this job.

  • Senzo Mathebula - 2012-06-09 18:15


  • tshep0 - 2012-06-09 18:15

    You would swear these players train in an ART room the way they like DRAWING.........

      Lara - 2012-06-10 07:35


  • louis.venter.96 - 2012-06-09 18:22

    This team is a disgrace to our country. They are not bad they are pathetic!!

      benovolence - 2012-06-09 18:41

      this team ned to buy more playerz that is hunger 4 da goals.

  • mpho.phawe - 2012-06-09 18:23

    PITSO should hv tkn ths plyrz wth him,SOUTH AFRICA NEED new SQUAD.

      cogill2 - 2012-06-09 20:12

      couldnt agree more, these players need to go

  • cnkonki - 2012-06-09 18:32

    What a waste of money!

  • Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-06-09 18:33

    Bafana BA Ke Masepa...

  • attie.snyders - 2012-06-09 18:35

    As I said fire the whole bunch of useless....including these artists (players) that likes drawing. Komphela you just lost the plot and I cannot see you become the new coach.

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-06-09 18:37

    You people know nothing about Bafana, the problem is the Sangoma we need to pay.

      thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-06-09 18:45

      The sangoma was paid before their match agaist ethopia. This guy must play 4 da nation nt money.

      thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-06-09 18:46

      The sangoma was paid before their match agaist ethopia. This guys must play 4 da nation nt money.

      Psyborge - 2012-06-09 19:34

      Hope ur being sarcastic...cos all u need to know is how to count.

  • attie.snyders - 2012-06-09 18:37

    Take Pirates including the coach to play the remaining matches, they will do much better. Bafana and the management is useless. I am so disappointed.

      cogill2 - 2012-06-09 20:13

      attie pirates is not up to international standard because our league is weak. when last did pirates when the african champions league?

      dingilizwe.ngwenya - 2012-06-09 23:55

      there's 1 word that we need to build on'CHARACTER' we've got talent but we lack leadership that makes us hopeless in pressure situations,development at grassroots is major factor but for now since its off season SAFA must organise a training camp for all the under 23s,take them to a military base for 3months,get the services of motivators,philosophers,proven european technical teams,we'l surely get men out of that

  • diran.pillay - 2012-06-09 18:42

    We are the biggest disgrace in African Football!

      Franklyn - 2012-06-09 21:23

      Considering all the money invested in soccer in South Africa we should be one of the worlds best playing nations....but we cant even beat Ethiopia or Botswana,that is the REALITY.

  • ashley.hoods - 2012-06-09 18:47

    Current squad not of International quality and will not win much. Back to the drawing board, but a little too late to source a new squad to help us qualify for 2014 WC. Do we have the players? Maybe, maybe not. Even our game of soccer is in need of transformation.

      vanas.leon - 2012-06-09 18:52

      what does south africa know about soccer,what a joke

      cogill2 - 2012-06-09 20:14

      when you draw at home to ethiopia then you know you bad

  • papi.koko - 2012-06-09 18:49

    This players need to be fined 4 not winning or better they shudnt be paid to c hw patriotic they are... bunch of useless nonsense.

  • papi.koko - 2012-06-09 18:49

    This players need to be fined 4 not winning or better they shudnt be paid to c hw patriotic they are... bunch of useless nonsense.

  • - 2012-06-09 18:57

    The problem is the sangoma is cursing them! They should rather pray to God and forget the sangoma!

  • nimpac - 2012-06-09 18:57

    re-brand these clowns, the name \bafana bafana \ aint instiling much responsibility on the pitch, the boys have skill they lack the spirit, wat kind f team plays without vision

  • nimpac - 2012-06-09 18:57

    re-brand these clowns, the name \bafana bafana \ aint instiling much responsibility on the pitch, the boys have skill they lack the spirit, wat kind f team plays without vision

  • nimpac - 2012-06-09 18:58

    re-brand these clowns, the name \bafana bafana \ aint instiling much responsibility on the pitch, the boys have skill they lack the spirit, wat kind f team plays without vision

  • craigdmn - 2012-06-09 18:58

    Can we still qualify for Brazil...Safa what now???

  • Nigel - 2012-06-09 19:00

    Botswana's my second home, so that will make up a little bit for the Rugby.

  • Wanda - 2012-06-09 19:02

    SAFA, please do me favor. Don't pay these pathetic clowns.