Cape Town - South Africa on Tuesday came
from a goal down to beat Angola 2-1 in their international friendly clash at
Cape Town Stadium.
Bafana Bafana were the first to set an
attacking move only for the referee to blow for off-side with Ayanda Patosi
attacking down the right flank just three minutes into the game.
Angola also had a chance in the tenth
minute, but Rivaldo Coetzee was able to clear the danger.
Shakes Mashaba’s side were mounting
pressure on the visiting team as the game approached the first 20 minutes, but
nothing came out of it as Thamsanqa Gabuza headed a ball from Patosi wide.
However, it would be the Palancas Negras
opening the scoring in the 25th minute as Alexander Cristovao Mfutila scored
with a powerful strike from range against the run of play.
Bafana Bafana picked up the tempo and were
able to launch more attacks on Angola in search of the equalising goal, but
nothing materialised as the game approached the half-time break.
The home team had another chance in the
41st minute as Thulani Serero played in Gabuza only for Angola defender, Mafuta,
reacting quickly to clear the ball before it connected with the lanky Orlando
South Africa persisted with their attacks
which lead to the equalising goal as Gabuza pounced on a loose ball in the box
for the equaliser from the ball that was initially played by Patosi.
It made the scores level at 1-1 at
Angola were the first to create another
counter-attack in the second half with winger Zalata beating Patrick Phungwayo
for pace down the right hand side only for the cross to be cleared by Coetzee
The young Ajax Cape Town defender was on
hand again to deny the goal-scorer, Mafutila, to protect his goalkeeper in the
Mashaba reacted by taking off Phungwayo and
replaced him with Thabo Matlaba in the 59th minute.
Patosi, who looked the main man for South
Africa in attack, had a busy afternoon and was in the thick of things as South
Africa searched for the winning goal.
South Africa took the lead for the first
time in 68th minute as Angolan defender, Malanda, ran into Patosi’s ball that
hit the cross bar and back into the field for Patosi to hand the home side the
Substitute Bongi Ntuli, introduced for
Gabuza, was heavily involved in the build-up in scoring the goal.
Serero also looked lively towards the end
of the match, while Angola’s goalkeeper, Mavanga, pulled a great save at his
near post to deny Ntuli a goal.
Angola broke on the counter-attack with
eight minutes to full-time, but Matlaba managed to make a fine tackle to stop
them as they looked for the equaliser.
Both teams made a number of changes towards
the end of the game, but South Africa held on despite scary attempts from
Angola to win the match.
SA starting XI v Angola:
Itumeleng Khune (GK), Anele Ngcongca (captain), Rivaldo Coetzee, Clayton Daniels, Patrick Phungwayo, Bongani Zungu, May Mahlangu, Jabulani Shongwe, Thulani Serero, Ayanda Patosi, Thamsanqa Gabuza
Substitutes: Jackson Mabokgwane, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Andile Jali, Mandla Masango, Sphelele Ntshangase, Bonginkosi Ntuli, Tshepo Gumede, Thabo Matlaba, Gift Motupa, Marc van Heerden, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Siyabonga Nhlapho
Not considered for the match: Brilliant Khuzwayo, Vuyisile Wana, Thuso Phala, Oupa Manyisa (injured)