Bafana outclassed by Zambia

2012-11-14 22:07

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana were given a lesson in just how tough the upcoming African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament will be when they were beaten 1-0 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge (NMC) by reigning African champions Zambia at FNB Stadium on Wednesday night.
PSL-based striker Collins Mbesuma scored the only goal of the game just after the hour mark, handing Chipolopolo a victory which serves as revenge for their 2-1 loss in the inaugural NMC match back in 1994. It is Bafana Bafana’s first home loss since they were beaten by the USA in the NMC in 2010.
The first half saw little in the way of goalmouth action, as the teams struggled to create clear scoring chances on a pitch which was well below its usual high standards due to a rock concert staged at the venue this past weekend.

Gallery: Bafana v Zambia

Video: South Africa v Zambia
After a relatively bright start from South Africa, Zambia took control of the game and began to threaten with long range shots and set pieces, though goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune managed to keep them at bay without having to stretch too much.
South Africa did suffer one major disappointment within the first 30 minutes when striker Tokelo Rantie was forced off with a knee injury (he was replaced by Katlego Mashego), while the hosts ended the half with Premiership leading goal-scorer Bernard Parker also struggling with a knock.
Parker made way at the start of the second half for in-form SuperSport United striker Kermit Erasmus, while another attacker who has impressed this season, Platinum Stars’ Thuso Phala, made his debut when he replaced Sifiso Myeni in the 52nd minute.
However, it was a Zambia substitute, Mbesuma from Orlando Pirates, who broke the deadlock in the 64th minute with a fierce drive that ripped into the top corner of the net and gave Khune no chance whatsoever.
Former Moroka Swallows striker James Chamanga should have doubled Chipolopolo’s advantage 10 minutes later when Thabo Nthethe missed a cross from the left flank, but the substitute missed the target from close range.
On 77 minutes Ricardo Nunes provided an excellent delivery from a corner kick that had the beating of Kennedy Mweene and picked out Erasmus at the far post, but the youngster was unable to get over his header and directed his effort high and wide.
Three minutes later Delron Buckley earned his 73rd Bafana Bafana cap by coming off the bench to replace Dean Furman - it was the Maritzburg United player’s first national team appearance since playing against Sierra Leone in a World Cup qualifier in 2008.
Zambia should have had a chance to extend their lead late on when Mbesuma was tripped up in the penalty area by Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo, but Swaziland referee Simanga Nhleko didn’t point to the spot.
The hosts almost took advantage in the last minute of regulation time when Erasmus had a shooting chance in the box, only to be denied by an excellent save from Mweene, while Mashego was unable to capitalise on the rebound.


  • thebe.tau - 2012-11-14 22:13

    I'd like to be the first one to suggest a motion of no confidance against bafana, let's disband this national embarassment once and for all, its fine well watch international teams for our entertainment.

      art5SA - 2012-11-15 06:46

      I maintain that a SOCCER ACADAMY has to get set up!!! Without that, Bafana will GO FROM BAD TO WORSE! SAFA could not organise a p!ss-up in a SHABEEN! "Township Soccer" does not work on the international stage!

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-11-14 22:21

    And why am I not surprised? Its not that they were on a winning streak before. Its clear that the rest of the continent is much better organised than us and I'm not talking about soccer only.

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-11-14 22:22

    Affirmative Action,BEE and too many quota players in this embarrassment called Bafana banana klomp clowns.A reflection of what South Africa is like when all of the above is given precedence in all walks of South African life regardless of who their coach is.

      shannon.dane.9 - 2012-11-14 23:46


      roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-11-15 06:30

      WELL said Sean. This BEE is one hell of a problem in this country.

      art5SA - 2012-11-15 06:59

      Rankngs: Zambia 34th South Africa 84th Whom is the better team? Bafana are LUCKY THEY GOT a 0

      roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-11-15 08:23

      Bet you that all the "thumbs down" I got were from those who benefit from BEE and the same applies to your comment @sean.

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-11-15 22:33

      Spot on sean!! All the politicians that attack cricket and rugby mainly because they are successfull, don't give a hoot about soccer because there is no political gain here!!!! They don't care that soccers structures need a complete overhaul, the uneducated masses will still vote for them!!!!!!!!

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-11-14 22:23

    another game another loss..the life of bafoona bafoona

  • Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2012-11-14 22:24

    We were never outclassed by Zambia its just that they utilised one of the few chances that they had unlike Bafana. Lots of positives going forward but we were unfortunate to loose both of our starting strikers in the 1st half.

      roiyen - 2012-11-14 22:38

      The only good strikers we have in this country are the ones who are good at going on the rampage over wages coached by Cosatu.

      art5SA - 2012-11-15 06:48

      HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Well said roiyen!!! CHIRP OF THE DAY!!!

      christopher.collings.9 - 2012-11-15 18:28

      and u are delusional

  • kgutsofalo.kgutsy - 2012-11-14 22:25

    Stve khomphela is the solution and mphela is the answer

      art5SA - 2012-11-15 14:00

      WTF was the question?

  • principal.mathipe - 2012-11-14 22:30

    Dy r nt plyin s a tim nd 4rm d middle of d park nd bck 4 is wr dy r leaking nd s far s am concern i dnt c dm cmin 2 a winin way expecialy wn we ply wit giant .dr's no game without Teko modise

      roiyen - 2012-11-14 22:41


      chris.buchner.12 - 2012-11-14 22:50

      What he was trying to say Rolyn is : a d e d8 e smtng s dat dey dnt nw 4 s om do el evryt1m. Gosh Rolyn learn to read lol

      roiyen - 2012-11-14 23:02

      LOL chris, thanx for the translation buddy. I'll go back to my primary school tomorrow and demand my school fees back. Its not my fault that I can't read LOL.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-11-14 23:16

      LOL Chris, seems like Roiyen is not the only one who can't read. I'm just as lost and so is dee.bone LOL.

      chris.buchner.12 - 2012-11-14 23:34

      Obviously you guys aren't part of the new education program where you only need 30% to pass hence why you only find 30% of the words took me a few read through's to make out half of what he was saying lol

      chris.buchner.12 - 2012-11-14 23:36

      Here is the real translation : They are not playing as a team and from the middle of the park and back for is where they are leaking and as far as I am concerned I don't see them coming to a winning way, especially when we play with giant defenders no game without Teko Modise

      roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-11-15 06:31

      Which school did you go too???

      art5SA - 2012-11-15 06:51

      I bet you, his REAL NAME IS PRINCIPLE!!!!! ROFLMAO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      chris.buchner.12 - 2012-11-15 09:46

      I went to cambridge in dubai

      NigelJamesTurner - 2012-11-15 13:10


  • paul.botha.967 - 2012-11-14 22:39

    Holy crap do these buffoons ever win anything ??

      christopher.shining - 2012-11-15 21:51

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-14 22:43

    Useless performance by a useless team in a boring sport

  • king.hezekia - 2012-11-14 22:54

    Julius will make a good striker for bafana

      art5SA - 2012-11-15 06:53

      Julius turns the peaceful STRIKERS into SAVAGES.....

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-11-14 23:11

    It would make better sense to dissolve this team altogether. This is embarrassing and we r hosting in January.

      art5SA - 2012-11-15 06:55

      Bafana will be KNOCKED OUT in the 1st round.... even after Tshabalala has scored the 1st and only goal. He will then be made into a NATIONAL HERO AGAIN.... even though SA got kicked out in the 1st round!!!

  • - 2012-11-14 23:26

    Not to worry it's a building Loosing is fine as long as you're improving for the next world cup. Oh no wait we first need to qualify what was I thinking???

  • Marco van Rensburg - 2012-11-14 23:33

    Bafana what a joke!!!!!

  • casskot - 2012-11-15 00:17

    Teams with half our budget are giving us the Whip . Time to give it up Bafana .

  • njabulo.jama.5 - 2012-11-15 01:55

    Bafanyana aren't bad @ all. They jst need to make quality passes and complete em. Then get their counter-attck on point. We simply cannot counter...GI nids to focus the team on one aspect of the game, u can't be good at both defense and attack. Some of the best countries in futbol r good on one aspect i.e. Spain - midfield dominance; Germany and Netherlands - Defence n then hit u on da counter-attack; Brazil - attcking futbol cnt defend

  • Pomp.haar.doer - 2012-11-15 02:14

    Help me if i'm wrong,all seems not well in SA soccer.Local players have all the things they need,excellent infrastructure,hugh amounts of money,ect,but then they perform under their ability constantly.Countries with far less,perform much better.Does it boil down to the players lack of willingness to win,attitude towards the game,or what.Coz this has been going on for years???

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-15 07:57

      In the 90's one of the best(if not the best team) teams in Africa(Zambia) was killed in an airplane crash, but they built another one quickly and do it every year. Their government helps them a bit, but it is nothing compare to our resources. The point is that they want to play. they are always "hungry" to win and they do not get big heads. I wish we can have the same players's attitude.

  • kjnase - 2012-11-15 04:14

    Wow go zambia

  • kjnase - 2012-11-15 04:20

    Wow go zambia

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-15 05:23

    Soccer sucks in this country... how many of our players make it overseas like one or two, The women are better than the men... And they can blame it on a pitch or not, In the end I dont believe having concerts on the grass of international stadiums is correct. Can cause ugly injuries....

  • juannepierre - 2012-11-15 06:09


  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-11-15 06:28

    Hell,when will Bafana ever win a game against a good side? Their losses are so frequent that they are an embarrassment to the country. One cannot blame the coach,which usually happens when teams lose,so where lies the problem?

  • Fox Trixter - 2012-11-15 06:48

    There is simply no quality in SA. The PSL is stronger because of foreigners! SA soccer players are weak and they can't compete! period!

  • delani.madela - 2012-11-15 06:50

    Unfortunately Pitso was sacked while he was doing better than Gordon. Gordon is doing transformation while he can just continue where Pitso left and correct the mistakes.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-15 06:54

    south africa can change their coaches like they change their underwears everyday..but the the players wil always play crap..we want to claim we got the best premier league and best football infrastructure in africa...we even got the best soccer media channels in africa..but 3th world countries beat us on a daily basis..the players are not passionate like the rugby players..and we want to say our no1 sport is soccer...but cant even fillup the staduim...what a joke bafana is..we only qualify if we are a host nation.

  • Simon Chabuka - 2012-11-15 07:14

    bafana bafana are not bad its jus that they are not as good as people wish they were and the PSL is not the best in Africa jus coz we watch Pierats every week doesn,t its the best

  • GalacticThomas - 2012-11-15 07:24

    A 1 - 0 defeat by the African Champions is a good result for Bafana

      tokollo.moeletsi - 2012-11-15 07:36

      .... In contrast this might look like a good result but in essence it is a bad reflection on a team that is lacking the ability to win games. How many games has Bafana won the past year alone? The team needs results and at this rate we are looking at an early exist in 2013 after yet another automatic qualification and seeding opportunity was granted.

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-11-15 07:38

    This team is a disgrace to the country! The players are getting payed fat salaries and get huge sponsors, best facilities on the African continent and still..... If I were one of the sponsors I would have withdraw my sponsorship in the blink of an eye.

  • Chris - 2012-11-15 07:40

    Chipolopola Zambia Go Guys!!!!!!

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-15 07:41

    These guys are bunch of idiots who are only good when it comes to waste tax payers money and I bet you we will never qualify for any tournament unless we host that event!

  • victor.sonkhani - 2012-11-15 07:44

    Bafana Bafana has been overrated by the media for nothing. There is no great about this current team. They are likely to be eliminated in the first round of the AfCon without even scoring a goal.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-15 07:50

      They've been over rated and now they are dead and buried

  • thebe.motshwadira - 2012-11-15 07:46

    Kamp staaldraad...

  • njabs.ngcobo - 2012-11-15 07:52

    Is bafana bafana an ANC branch....? - 2012-11-15 08:31

      Could be, it's all in the name isn't it i.e.young men...

  • joshua.sematla - 2012-11-15 07:52

    Bafana bafana should be banned for bringing the country into disrepute, like the Nigerian gov did with their team. How long can we tolerate this k*k. We need radical changes to the team, starting with SAFA

  • markwmilligan - 2012-11-15 07:57

    what a bunch of talentless fools

  • KennySven - 2012-11-15 07:59

    For a start,the squad should be wearing the same kit, black boots,no earrings/hair extensions/wigs Etc. until ranked at least 20TH in the world. Besides this they earn to much money and receive to many perks for the pathetic results they produce. They think they are celebrities when in fact an embarrassment to the country, acting like film stars on and off the field.This they are not and are presently a waste of sporting funds.Our national netball team or ladies swimmers produce far better results for the country and the funds wasted on Football would be far better spent in other sporting areas.

      cameron.pather.5 - 2012-11-15 08:22

      Thank You Kenny! Those are my sentiments exactly! It is actually an embarressment to sit and watch our national Team play!

  • benedictus.diergaardt - 2012-11-15 08:19

    I have always said that you need a level between your club level and national level..there is no way you can go from club level to national level and think you can perform..look at S.A rugby you have club level than you are promoted to Provincial level(Curry Cup) and than even to Super Rugby Level than you go to National Level..this is the same structure that SAFA should put in place.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-15 08:27

    We always celebrate and compensate mediocrity at all levels , in our society as South Africans ( blacks to be precise ) , especially when you listen to sports commentators and journalists .

  • njabs.ngcobo - 2012-11-15 08:28

    I miss Pitso and his ever so famous line after they lost "i know to solve bafana bafana's problem, you will see" meanwhile he was trying to reach his target of R20mill...

  • Remmington Wekwa Nonge - 2012-11-15 10:20

    The game was nt so bad, but the finishing!!!!

  • nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2012-11-15 11:42

    spain couldn't collectively play soccer until < a decade ago then Bosque took over bt no doubt abt it they had individually gr8 players like raul, morientez etc n they started buildin through the junior ranks e.i, barca, athletic mad, valencia, real madrid etc n look @ them now they are rippin their fruits. We focus 2 mch on english soccer n to date english premier league s entertained mostly by foreign players e.i, rvp, silva, kuhn, hernadez, arteta, mata, oscar etc and that's why the english they're chokers.

  • elvis.dhlamini - 2012-11-15 16:52

    We got the best stadiums ,good pay structure , sponsorships ,media coverage ,and nice funk jersey but we still can't cut it .......We lack that drive and national pride ...

  • collin.nyabadza - 2012-11-15 18:20

    Gentlemen! Igesund is a very good coach , but the truth is that SA has not talent in as far as soccer is concerned. I totally agree with someone who suggested that Bafana should be disbanded. The only thing that SA has are financial resources, but unfortunately, they are not being put to good use. The powers that be (SAFA) are only interested in the end product. I strongly advise them to go back to the drawing board and go back to the basics. They ought to place more emphasis on junior policy. At the moment SAFA is putting the cart before the oxen. A closer look at some of the most powerful soccer nations would reveal their vibrant youth policy. Take for instance the Germany team that played at the SA World Cup 2010, you would realise that three quarters of that team played together in the U-19 to U-23, which won't be surprising if Germany were to reach the Brazil 2014 World Cup final, as those boys are now used to playing together and are more mature. To address SA's woes the starting point would be to fire the entire SAFA administrative team and replace it with a new team that has a vision. Personally I wouldn't even hesitate hiring a foreigner from leading soccer nations such as France, Spain, Germany and Holland. These countries have very good soccer structures. By hiring an soccer administrator from any of these four countries, SA soccer would benefit a great deal. Take for instance the marvellous job Trevor Phillips at the PSL.

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-11-15 18:27

    banana banana the biggest bunch of bumbling, band of bafoons! What a disgrace! E e e e e dribble round & around is all I can do, score goals? For what? We want 2 look good 1st & come 2nd bunch of clowns in soccer uniform.

  • steward.debruin - 2012-11-15 18:40

    From what I saw both teams played pretty pathetically. One opportunity went in, now they somehow outclassed Bafana. Really? Poor assessment of options and lack of finishing really let us down.The only thing Zambia can really take from this match is that they somehow won. Quality of play still leaves a lot to be desired.

  • andrew.chikungu - 2012-11-15 21:06

    SA, give up, all that money but u cant perform!! put your money into netball, maybe that will work!!!

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