Bafana suffer narrow defeat

2012-09-07 23:11

Sau Paulo - Gordon Igesund’s first match in charge of South Africa ended in a narrow 1-0 defeat to Brazil in an international friendly played here on Friday night.

A late goal from former Porto attacker Hulk was all that separated the teams.
Igesund fielded two debutants in his starting XI, Dean Furman and Dino Ndlovu, and also threw Lerato Chabangu straight into the fray on his return to the national team.
Brazil dominated the first half, but South Africa created the opening scoring opportunity on 12 minutes when right-back Siboniso Gaxa surged clear down the right of the penalty area, only to see his low shot well saved at the near post by goalkeeper Diego Alves.
From then on it was the hosts creating all the scoring chances in the remainder of the first half, but they found Itumeleng Khune in vintage form. The Bafana Bafana goalkeeper produced fine saves to keep out efforts from Dede, Lucas Moura and Neymar.
South Africa suffered injury problems in the build-up to the match when several players of the original squad pulled out, and their bad luck in this regard continued when Ndlovu was forced off with a shoulder injury, leading to the introduction of veteran Benni McCarthy just after the half hour mark.
Yet the Orlando Pirates striker last just over ten minutes himself before suffering what looked a serious hamstring injury, and Bernard Parker became Igseund’s second unscheduled substitution within the first 45 minutes.
Bafana improved as an attacking force after the break and had the Brazilian defence under real pressure on several occasions, most notably in the 50th minute when Parker worked space for a low cross which was almost bundled into his own net by Brazilian defender Dede; had he missed it, Siphiwe Tshabalala would have had a tap-in.
Bafana then began to sit back and as a result handed their opponents the attacking impetus. On 70 minutes Khune was again called upon to make an excellent save, palming away a goal-bound free kick from Neymar.
Four minutes later Brazil took the lead. Khune kept out a shot to the near post by David Luiz, but substitute Hulk latched onto the rebound and fired an unstoppable volley into the back of the net. The goal was enough to hand Brazil victory on the 190th anniversary of their independence from Portugal.
Brazil (0) 1 (Hulk 75’)
South Africa 0
Brazil: Diego Alves, Dani Alves, David Luiz, Dede, Marcelo (Alex Sandro 60’), Lucas Moura, Romulo (Paulinho 64’), Ramires, Oscar, Leandro Damiao (Hulk 64’), Neymar (Arouca 90’)
SA: Khune, Gaxa, Khumalo, Sangweni, Masenamela, Furman (Mahlangu 59’), Dikgacoi, Tshabalala, Chabangu (Letsholonyane 56’), Ndlovu (McCarthy 33’ [Parker 44’]), Serero (Maluleka 76’)


  • michael.verreynne - 2012-09-07 23:15

    I am so proud of the boys! They gave it their best. Hopefully next time it will be different. Good luck for the rest of the year!

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-09-08 21:29

      Isn't one nil a normal scoreline in soccer?? Rather say Bafana go down one nil!!!!

  • jonathan.maree.1 - 2012-09-07 23:23

    Great performance! I think we at last have ourselves a decent football team. Looking forward to great things from this team

      Mamkhiez - 2012-09-07 23:35

      So true. Big up to the boys. For the 1st time in a long time I actually enjoyed watching a full bafana match.. If they keep playing like this, even if they miss by a notch we won't be that mad but a win is something we wud really love to see. Khune awesome goal keeping skills..

  • fdalana - 2012-09-07 23:23

    neymar you're a popcorn. come 2014,we're going for revenge.

  • Mamkhiez - 2012-09-07 23:29

    I'm very impressed. Bafana Bafana did not disappoint me at all. Bravo Khune! S.A could have won the game but I'm ok with the ending. And what the hell was going on with the Brazilian jersey's? I'm alil concerned about Benny's belly (ok well, I'm concerned about his weight). Overall, a very good game indeed.

  • kndobe - 2012-09-07 23:30

    We always knew that the players we have are very good, i am happy they performed well in the second half. We always make silly mistake and that cost us the game

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-09-07 23:35

    We saw some great football especially from Bafana we are a solid unit at the back and when Lerato was subs we kind of crumbled a bit but we have not been a great attacking team for almost a decade now , Gordon should really work on our strike force!!

      reinie.brandt - 2012-09-08 22:37

      I must say I have never been a big soccer fan, and for the few min here and there I have watched in the past I do agree. First bafana game I have watched start to finish. I have a bit more faith now to become a supporter. Our passing was a bit scrapy, definatley need more attacking players. Defence kept brazil out. Gorden os the man for the job. Best of luck to both gorden and the team!

  • andy.zondi - 2012-09-07 23:36

    It couldve been worse if pitso was still head coach, nyc try boys

  • lungi2mlu - 2012-09-07 23:43

    nothing disappointing today, I actually finished an entire match, and enjoyed it, was at the edge of my seat, they may have lost, but they played, like we always say, loosing isnt the end of the world but its how u do it....

  • kaapse.skollie.7 - 2012-09-07 23:44

    Good start for Igesund. Bafana are already playing positive attacking football. Not that slow-motion Pitso-Parreira rubbish. Well done, Khune. Bad luck Benni.

  • atholl.canterbury - 2012-09-07 23:53

    Firstly, that Brazil goal looked offside (4players?) And moments later our striker unfairly adjudged offside with an open run to goal. Good to see Ingesund up the tempo in the 2nd half - Midfield were outstanding - grafted hard with some slick passing. For periods in the 2nd half ..... if the shirts were switched .... Bafana looked like Brazil.

  • walter.lebza - 2012-09-08 00:05

    This idi@ts never win do they?

      nketso.kgwadi - 2012-09-08 06:44

      Pssm u r boring. Kea itsi gore o gao kgone go tshameka bolo mara o busy wa rasa shut up patla

      bomb.technician.5 - 2012-09-08 07:12

      I would also like to know what is actually their winning percentage the past 15 years. Its sad when we applaud mediocrity and congratulate the boys when they lose. I thought you play internationals to win. A loss is a loss.

      jonathan.rose.12327 - 2012-09-08 08:31

      your da idiot man..dumb f?!@k

  • edwin.phadu - 2012-09-08 00:28

    I just love media, loose is a loose, please dont decorate it

      dimitripappas - 2012-09-08 03:03

      1-0, fool. If a game is close, there's no need to hide the fact that it was close, nor is there anything wrong with giving credit to the team that came very close to winning, especially if they're the underdogs. the media did nothing fancy - no more 'decorating' than was needed, so your ideas/expectations are clearly just warped.

  • marius.potgieter.39 - 2012-09-08 01:41

    Lost again,nothing new...!!

      franklin.vandermerwe - 2012-09-08 01:56

      Weet j eits van soccer af weet j ooit teen wie ons gespeel ht ons ht teen brazil gespeel boet brazil dus amper soos di bokke teen NZ DAI WAS N GREAT GAME GO BAFANA BAFANA

  • franklin.vandermerwe - 2012-09-08 01:51

    Great game boys we mis pienaar and il say also modise but yes great stuf

      jonathan.maree.1 - 2012-09-08 08:35

      Modise is useless - don't belong in this classy SA side

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 11:50

      Modise is overrated. I would pick Chabangu, first, second and third!

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  • Chillexnj - 2012-09-08 02:22

    Well I must admit that the boys did us proud, but the old man conducting the National Anthems for both teams, he knows what he is doing, he is just a professional. I really revere him.... Thumbs up.

      jonathan.maree.1 - 2012-09-08 08:35

      He looked like he was in pain :-)

  • thabo.mkokeli - 2012-09-08 03:11

    bafana my boyz 1dy is 1dy baba.

  • motleleng - 2012-09-08 03:27

    Well done Gordon and the boys, especially that Brazilian kid fan who loves his team with passion, he's my man of the match..

      jonathan.maree.1 - 2012-09-08 08:36

      I agree.

  • johannes.p.nel - 2012-09-08 04:55

    Lekke Bafana ! Next time.

  • gary.maggz - 2012-09-08 05:55

    It's not fair that they had the Hulk playing for them

  • markus.fourie.98 - 2012-09-08 06:52

    Well done Bafana. You make us proud. I wish i was able watch the match, sounds like it was a great one.

      jonathan.maree.1 - 2012-09-08 08:37

      You missed the best performance by a SA team in the last + - 15 years

  • themba.ntuli - 2012-09-08 06:58

    I was impressed by how bafana played even though we lost you can see the is a difference in how they played last night compared to when pitso was still there, even though brazil fielded their best players but our defence was strong the players where there on the game even the brazillian fans started to get angry when the failed to break the south african defence so I was impressed by gordon's plan I think it worked well and it will get better with time. we have to see how they perfom agaist a low team when they play mozambique, hope benni's injury is not that bad

      robert.m.sylvester - 2012-09-08 09:13

      You have it exactly right

  • jnyatanga - 2012-09-08 07:03

    Even big teams like Portugal and Netherlands loses to Brazil, sometimes by large goal margins. The boys did us proud

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-09-08 07:09

    very good performance i thought, things will happen from now on

  • Joe - 2012-09-08 07:18

    Have we ever won a game,ever?

  • eugenemolato.mdakane - 2012-09-08 07:32

    Well done to bafana and Gordon Igesund,this is the kind of spirit that we need a fighting spirit with South African soccer style.Since this was the first game against one of the greatest teams of the world it is a good start up and we expect more in future games.Thanks to SAFA for making changes and right decision this time around.To bafana we are behind you boys.

  • franklin.vandermerwe - 2012-09-08 07:57

    Hi joe where u from plz dont tel me u from S A plz. I cant wait for the next game ayoba Bafana ayoba

  • dean.dixon.528 - 2012-09-08 10:23

    Wht took thm so long to mke Gordon Ingesund Bafana Bafana coach..They played the best football in 5yrs...if they appointed him in place of Perreira/Santana before the world cup thngs been diffrent thn.INGESUND TRACK RECORD SHOW IT ALL. Frm a Gordon fan.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 11:51

      SAFA politricks!

  • dean.dixon.528 - 2012-09-08 10:23

    Wht took thm so long to mke Gordon Ingesund Bafana Bafana coach..They played the best football in 5yrs...if they appointed him in place of Perreira/Santana before the world cup thngs been diffrent thn.INGESUND TRACK RECORD SHOW IT ALL. Frm a Gordon fan.

  • solomon.tatayi - 2012-09-08 13:18

    What a great perfomance with Bafana-Bafana i am very impressed with Gordon Igesund's team.If SAFA give this man enough time i think that anything can happen,there is few players that i was impresed with them the likes of Thulani Serero what a great perfomance from this guy but there is only one mojar problem from this squad the inclusion of Tshabalala and Yeye if you look at that goal Yeye was just standing like a kid watching cartoons so if Igesund is keen to succeed those guys must stay away from bafana.My last comment is i just want to say Keep it up to Khune you are the best among the best.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 11:52

      Tshabalala is useless and has no footballing brain. A good athlete nonetheless!

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-09-08 14:28

    Khune is still number 1 Bafana goalie n that's it. As of Igusend well done Sir u did every according to the book. U applied your abilities well and u and your team cannot b blamed for a narrow lose. \r\n\r\n \r\nWell done Bafana

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-08 14:45

    Goed as bafana verloor! Die regering moet rugby uitlos en iets doen met die agtergeblewe sokker span.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-09 11:54

      More Afrikaner boys need to start playing the game as well, their country needs their strength and power!

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-08 14:59

    Still a defeat.

  • thizatouch - 2012-09-08 20:35

    yeah we lost..we could have easily won the game but in the end its the final score that matters...neymar being called a popcorn was undoubtedly the highlight of the match for me..that guy is way overrated and constantly gets compared with the likes of to why its beyond me!!!

  • mlu.khan - 2012-09-08 21:28

    Wow, good play Showed respect for the badge And played like men instead of bafana Next time we need to beef up the defense, and sharpen the strike force

  • jan.slim.98 - 2012-09-08 21:59

    Banana Banana vs Brazil 4th team HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

  • kenny.mandiwana - 2012-09-09 21:59

    Khune, you praising your diffenders but me I'm praising you too.I just want to reminding also Mr Igesund that He does pleased by perfomence only,do n't repeat the mistake for the previous coaches,first half waisting time played too much diffensive, you are still owing us Gordon,we are playing for the good results not for the lose.

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