Bafana labour to victory

2011-05-14 19:00

Dar-es-Salaam - A youthful looking Bafana Bafana beat Tanzania 1-0 in their international friendly at the National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam on Saturday evening.

The goal came shortly before the interval, break courtesy of a Siyabonga Sangweni header in the 44th minute.

The defender found himself unmarked at the far post with the Tanzanian goalkeeper Juma Kaseja committing a howler by totally missing the ball from a corner kick.

It was Sangweni's second international goal - one of few relatively experienced players in a squad that contained a number of first time selections.

Having controversially left South Africa on Thursday without the Kaizer Chiefs trio of Siphiwe Tshabalala, Itumeleng Khune and Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane picked five debutants in his starting line-up: goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands, defender Siyanda Zwane and midfielders Hlompho Kekana, Erwin Isaacs and Sifiso Myeni.

Defender Morgan Gould was captain on the trip in the absence of Tshabalala.

The patched up visitors started off tentatively against the 112th ranked Taifa Stars who looked fluent at the start.

Bafana came into their own midway through the first half with renewed confidence as they controlled the bulk of the possession.

The side's first chance in the game came from Sangweni in the 13th minute from a corner kick where he tried to play ball inside instead of shooting for goal.

Later striker Katlego Mphela came close to finding the opener in the 30th minute but fluffed his chance in the box.

The match was far from a classic with the tempo slowing down even further in the second half. However, the hosts did make a surge in the last quarter of the match as the South Africans offered them space to play.

Sandilands pulled off miraculous saves as he twice denied burly forward John Boko.

The Mamelodi Sundowns stopper also pulled off an outstanding punch to deny a long range effort from Salum Machaku.

This is Bafana's last preparatory match before they play Egypt in Cairo on June 5.


  • Mabhulwana - 2011-05-14 19:54

    With more than half of the regulars missing i really wonder to what extent did this game help prepare for Egypt.

      mpho30 - 2011-05-16 15:17

      No extent. Due to the circumstances we all know, this stopped becoming a preparation for Egypt and it became a let's see what other talents the country has match.

  • marco - 2011-05-14 21:54

    A win is win no matter whether you labour to victory or put a cricket score on the board.Many top notch football sides in Europe's elite clubs that play Champions League Football,FA Cups or in the Premiership win ugly all the time so why are News24 bitching about labouring wins anyway.

      lungile Adams - 2011-05-16 09:35

      @Marco, people hate South African coaches period. We use to celebrate draws with other coaches... tsek!!!!

  • Mamaile - 2011-05-15 08:45

    waste of resources here, how do u assess ur readiness on an 112 fifa ranked country while preparing to play the number 1 in africa and 1 of the best ranked in fifa?? '''sis'' that money could hev been chanelled to other soccer development...

      eh eh eh - 2011-05-15 17:16

      Well said

      TheNJdK - 2011-05-16 10:30

      Actually in the latst rankings, Egypt are only 3rd in Africa, having slipped behind Ghana and Ivory Coast. We are up to 5th. In fact, We are but a handful of point behind Egypt in the overall ranking, (39th and 36th). Your point that Tanzania are languishing down in the nether regions does still stand.

      tibos2 - 2011-05-16 10:56

      I think you are being nasty here it doesnt matter wat Tanzania ranked truth of the matter is that they gave bafana a good run and am happy 4 the win, while we were rankend 83 we wanted to play top teams now we look better in the standings u want us to undermine teams below us thats not how it work for me i still say to be top u need to make sure u leave unquestionable status to those beneath you. Tanzania gave us a tough win yes i agree buts its better than a loose to USA coz u would still say your own team is useless, lets get real on wat we comment on. thank u pitso wit your man am proud of u

  • zwide wa makonde - 2011-05-15 09:19

    lets complement our boys dey hev dne very wel, wat if dey lost,weda is a labour win or not

  • tdk25 - 2011-05-15 15:27

    This is not a good result by any stretch....If you cant convincingly beat small team like Tanzania what chance do you have of beating Egypt? It was pathetic performance Bafana and tagging this as a win is just plain stupid.

      InternetMan - 2011-05-16 13:00

      So you're saying we lost? Check the scoreboard..

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  • mpho30 - 2011-05-16 15:14

    No extent. Due to the circumstances we all know, this stopped becoming a preparation for Egypt and it became a let's see what other talents the country has match.

  • mavo - 2011-05-16 16:51

    People of sa are hypocrits its sickening, we won against egypt and we can do it again and we won again on sat which shows we have depth in SA. Pitso is doing a great job how many losses has he had? a win again Spain and a win against a 112 ranking team is still a win.

      Mxhuma - 2011-05-16 17:34

      We are a big country with lots of resources. At some stage we were ranked at number 1 on the African continent. Something went wrong, we all know that. As a time we are gradually improving. Just imagine if we beat Egypt at home in the next game, that will boost our confidence and our ranking. Methinks Pitso is on the right track. The same cannot be said about the administrators at SAFA!

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