Bafana slip up against Niger

2011-09-04 19:05

Johannesburg - Hosts Niger beat Bafana Bafana 2-1 in their 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the General Seyni Kountche Stadium in Niamey.

Niger scored a goal in either half to open up a two goal lead, and Andile Jali netted a goal heading into the last quarter of the game to give Bafana hope of a draw. Ultimately, Niger were able to hold out for the win and sent the visitors home without a point.

With the victory, Niger move into top position in the group with 9 points, and Bafana are one point behind in second. With the final round of qualifier games left to play for next year's tournament set for Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, Bafana play the Leone Stars next month while Niger are away to Egypt.

With Sierra Leone having defeated Egypt 2-1 in Freetown the day before, the pressure was on Bafana to claim full points and maintain their lead in the group.

The visitors started the match on the back foot missing top striker Katlego Mphela who, after a late fitness test taken before the match on his left knee he hurt midweek, was deemed unfit to play.

Coach Pitso Mosimane opted to start with Bernard Parker as the lone man upfront with Thulani Serero as his shadow partner while "Jingles" beefed up his midfield with Jali and Thanduyise Khuboni.

The home side scored the opener from a corner as Dankwa E Kofi headed home to make it 1-0 to Niger early in the first half.

In hot conditions of 35 degrees celsius, by half time, Niger had most of the possesion with Bafana struggling to get going.

Niger started the second half right where they left off, and doubled their lead in the first minute after the break. Ouwa Moussa Maazou scored from close range after some poor defending by Bafana.

Nearing the 70 minute mark, Jali pulled one back for Bafana with a well taken effort that gave the goalkeeper no chance.

Bafana were unable to forge a second goal, and will have to regroup for the match against Sierra Leone who are tie with the South Africans on eight points after five games.


  • Thami Fraser - 2011-09-04 19:14

    We didn't need this, but we live in hope!!!!

  • John - 2011-09-04 21:12

    Pitso is good as an assistant,he is not taking bafana nwhere.

      Ephraim Bogopa - 2011-09-05 10:12

      may be you have a point

      Chief Kok - 2011-09-05 11:24

      Ag come on John. You can't win all your games. This was a tough away game for Bafana with lots of injuries in our camp. Have some mercy.

  • Brent - 2011-09-04 22:02

    our blood is green - and that is all that matters

  • Thami4 - 2011-09-05 09:11

    This is what Pitso said before the game: "Yes, they have won two of their four games to trail us [by two points] in our group. But they were never dominant in those matches. The results they are getting are facts, but I don't think they are a threat. They score goals against the run of play but they are not a strong team..." Wow, that was brave Pitso!! Looking now at the result, I wonder how much of this played in the players' minds before kick-off. However, thanks the game 'block out', I can only wonder.

      Tshifhiwa Raedani - 2011-09-05 14:22

      Is it wrong for him to have confidence in his team?...don't think so......

  • Cris - 2011-09-05 10:38

    Bafana always assume they will win. They never respect their opponents thats why anyone can beat them. They are actually still in it because Egypt was going through a bad spell not because Bafana have improved. The day we realise other teams also play to win is the day we will do well, not only as Bafana but as a people too.

  • Annoy - 2011-09-05 11:52

    I just hope Pitso in not on his way out

  • Tshifhiwa Raedani - 2011-09-05 14:24

    Please note that this is the first loss since the SWC......It took a year and two months....Not bad....not bad at all.... That is why the headlines say slip up.....

  • EliMafi - 2011-09-05 14:25

    I have a friend who's working for SAFA, a day before the game (Saturday) he showed me a video clip taken from Pitso's office.The office was wet with water all over the floor.He said this was a sign that Pitso would loose the game.I did not take him serious,he said it was a bad sing or curse that could cause Pitso a game.Soooo don't blame Pitso, blame the one who cursed him.LOl

  • Espanyol - 2011-09-05 14:52

    This is the Bafana Bafana that I know. They will raise your hopes & drop you right at the last minute! Now we have to rely on another team to help us qualify. We are missing the AFCON guys. The sooner we accept the better.

  • kgalifi - 2011-09-05 15:25

    sometimes i just think bafana is a 1 team player @ the moment and i.e. katlego mphela.. honestly he is the only striker that we are relying from and if he is absent huh!!!! @ some point wen i hear pitso talking i thought wow he will make us proud but nah he just like all those other coaches that look only for winning of their name not development. ok take our under20 and 23 players i.e. jali, serero, erasmus, maluleke, u name them and put them in a national team planning for future, how will that be? i guarantee u, we will win 1 afcon before 2020 with those boys... amin we have been playing expnce players for many years we still dont get results, it is obvious that it's all about money....

  • phikolomzi.ntikinca - 2011-09-05 20:58

    its not over yet guys,keep up goodwork we lv u

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