Bafana's SWC dream ends

2013-09-07 17:32

Durban - Bafana Bafana’s hopes of reaching the Soccer World Cup in Brazil next year ended in heartbreak despite a Bernard Parker brace propelling them to an emphatic 4-1 victory over Botswana in their final qualifying match in Durban on Saturday.

As it happened: Bafana Bafana v Botswana

GALLERY: Bafana's World Cup agony

The hosts needed to win the game to have any hope of reaching the global spectacle next year, which they did, but Group A leaders Ethiopia, who they needed to either lose or draw against Central African Republic, were instead 2-1 victors.

That enabled the East Africans to top the pool and reach the final 10-team qualifying stage at the expense of South Africa.

But there was no faulting the host at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where Kermit Erasmus and Dean Furman gave them a comfortable half-time lead.

Jerome Ramatlhakwna pulled one back in the 73rd minute, before Kaizer Chiefs forward Parker scored a free-kick and a penalty in the closing stages to seal the win for Gordon Igesund’s team.

At the start, Kagisho Dikgacoi had the first opening for the hosts eight minutes in -- two chances coming within the space of seconds as the midfielder burst through the middle and fired a rising shot straight into the palms of Kabelo Dambe.

The ball then rebounded to the Crystal Palace man, whose second shot was excellently blocked by the goalkeeper diving to his left.

Botswana hit back on the counter, and after the ball was cleared for a corner kick, Joel Mogorosi headed straight over.

In the 17th minute, Erasmus was sliced down on the edge of the box, presenting a fine opening for the hosts.

For Igesund, who spoke at length during the week about set-piece play and a lack of cutting edge in the final third, Tshabalala wastefully curled over from 20-yards out.

Parker was next to have an opening for the hosts when he was played through on the left by Erasmus, but the ball was crashed well over.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 28th minute when Mogogi Gabonamong needlessly conceded a corner and Tshabalala’s ball into the near post was flicked on by Parker for Erasmus to head home.

The goal was greeted by a huge sense of relief by Igesund, and spurred on by that release of pressure, Parker almost doubled the advantage when Rantie’s cut back was arrowed towards the top corner, only for an acrobatic intervention from Dambe to tip the ball over.

Before the break Mogorosi forced Itumeleng Khune to turn the attempt away for a corner, before Furman collected Parker’s ball in stoppage time and beat Dambe with his clever finish off the upright to give the home team the ideal platform heading into the interval.

After the restart, it was back to sparring again for both sides with the visitors twice shooting from distance via Mogakolodi Ngele and substitute Lemponye Tshireletso, the former firing at Khune and the latter well over.

The Zebras were celebrating shortly after, though, when Ramatlhakwna headed in a probing left-sided cross by Tshireletso.

With six minutes to go, Parker made the game safe courtesy of a free-kick into the left corner and a penalty at the death, awarded after Daine Klate was fouled in the box, but news from Brazzaville meant the game ended in disappointment.


Bafana Bafana

Itumeleng Khune, Anele Ngcongca, Bongani Khumalo, Thabo Nthethe, Thabo Matlaba, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Dean Furman, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, Kermit Erasmus, Tokelo Rantie


Kabelo Dambe, Mompati Thuma, Edwin Olerile, Tshepo Motlhabankwe, Mogogi Gabonamong, Ofentse Nato, Joel Mogorosi, Galabgwe Moyana, Mogakolodi Ngele, Jerome Ramatlhakwna


  • Lunga Dweba - 2013-09-07 17:36

    Well done GI

      Rebec Herrick - 2013-09-07 19:23

      my Aunty Kylie recently got an almost new cream Toyota Avalon by working parttime off of a computer... weblink

      Danie Theron - 2013-09-07 19:28

      Perhaps he should rather hand over to the ACTION figure GI Joe, as this Affirmative ACTION team is on the same path back to the stone-age, as is the rest of SA. Four out of the top six teams in FIFA's world rankings are European teams with definitive white majority societies. However inconvenient it is to anybody, until merit return to SA Soccer, SA's national soccer team will go from making complete a$$holes of themselves, to making total a$$holes of themselves and at best something in between. More white players and SA's soccer team will start winning again - eg as it was in 1996 (and around). SA's national soccer team is a textbook case why Affirmative Action cannot and will never work.., EVER...

      Ryan Holland - 2013-09-07 20:52

      @Msindeni, way to issue a smack down. Damn!!

      Grant Durban - 2013-09-07 21:08

      Danie you're an idiot

      Danie Theron - 2013-09-07 21:58

      Msindeni Ndiyase, The typical African mantra - ONE exception (viz 1998) become the rule to suit the improbable and as such absolutely unworkable policies - or should I rather say: FALLACIES. The perpetual and overwhelmingly retarded notion that Europe's wealth was built on African (supposed) riches is as retarded as the goons that feed you the BS that you are so happily slurping up - like the so very European whiskey and champagne you lot (that are not used to anything) enjoy so much. The entire notion is no more than the ramblings of a two-year-old's cognitive capacity and in every manner based on nothing more than circumstantial evidence - I will ask you, as I have to all your evolutionary-disadvantaged-comrades: WHERE DID EUROPE GET ITS WEALTH BEFORE IT CAME TO AFRICA? No red-herrings please. Kindly supply the substantive definition of the term "mediocre code/s" - again no red herrings please. I can tell what I see as a 'mediocre' code - a sport with nine rules only (i.e. like for the valley where SIMPLETON is the capital), versus (eg) rugby with NINE VOLUMES OF RULES.., eg do you regard Formula 1 as a "mediocre code"..? As I can count even less countries participating than is the case with rugby. But that is the DNA of the simple mind of your kind (it even rhymes) - you confuse numbers with competence, you think a thousand donkeys will run faster than one race-horse - GO FIGURE. cont..,

      Danie Theron - 2013-09-07 22:10

      So let us talk numbers: Botswana has a total population of around 2 million people - there are probable four times more living in Soweto alone - Greeeeeeeaaaaaat victory dude... BTW, Here is a picture of the 1998 SWC French Team - I can see they are ALL 100% BLACK... Please stop trolling around and accept yourself for the pathetic palooka that you are

      Nathan Lombard - 2013-09-08 00:01

      Danie! Here you go mate, have a bells :)

      Santiago Rabellini - 2013-09-08 08:10

      Danie, you are an idiot

      Danie Theron - 2013-09-08 12:51

      Player, Cursory note: facts are not subjected to 'winning an argument', facts are simply facts, period. A verity their kind is wholly incapable of grasping - then they cannot understand why they have not even invented a written language yet (as inconvenient as this may be to face). To them "reality" is some ancestral fairy-tale where the mass-hysteria of majority opinion, however clueless, is their "truth". They are pack-animals by every measure, their "culture" served the lowest common denominator, while my culture serve the highest denominator - that is what separates my specie from theirs; call me what you like I do not even begin to care. As with the rest of their 'dark' continent, as you said, their head will remain firmly up the darkest of cavities - their own fetid backsides...

      Jason Van der Spuy - 2013-09-09 05:08

      Motofogo, I don't believe we are a nation divided. It's just that certain imbeciles are getting their kicks from spewing their racist vitriol on these forums. Danie, stop generalising and get your head out of your ar$e and out of the stone age that you live in. I sincerely hope that you don't have any kids, as nazi types like you should not be allowed to corrupt the youth and future of this country

  • Tshepo Seepe Semenya - 2013-09-07 17:38

    Welldone on the win Bafana. There is always next time, but make show that you do not deepend on other teams. You do it for yourselves.

  • Rocco DeWet - 2013-09-07 17:39

    No worries Bafana, despite the heartbreak you still represent my nation. I will thus always be a supporter. Better luck next time.

      Grant Durban - 2013-09-07 21:09

      Agreed !

  • Thabang Tshepiso Ledwaba - 2013-09-07 17:40

    Parker cost us with that own goal against khune

      Sipho Simon Mogale - 2013-09-07 17:47


      Lebo Mabunda - 2013-09-07 17:55

      It's team sport please shut up

      Nhlanhla Msiza - 2013-09-07 18:35

      Uyislima joe!

      Le Bon Vivant - 2013-09-07 20:51

      He scored 2 today, one to cancel out the own goal and one to make sure that we went through. CAR let us down.

  • George Brighton Shikhibana - 2013-09-07 17:40

    It is not the end of the world, our chance is coming. Congragulations to all national squads who qualified!

      Danie Theron - 2013-09-07 19:16

      You mean like Jesus is coming..?

      Danie Theron - 2013-09-07 22:34

      Or like Msindeni Ndiyase coming out of his manic inferiority complex cave...

      Sydney Mokgopha - 2013-09-07 23:41

      Great words ryt there! This Dannie kid, needs to deal with his raging adolescent hormones, before I somehow lekker klap him by words of order!

      Nathan Lombard - 2013-09-08 00:07

      Sydney, my 2 year old can klap you with words. If its an intellectual fight you seek, you will lose, every time

  • Madef Peu - 2013-09-07 17:41

    Wow,dats nyc.

  • George Brighton Shikhibana - 2013-09-07 17:41

    It is not the end of the world, our chance is coming. Congragulations to all national squads who qualified!

  • Sithembiso Mlaba Mnisi - 2013-09-07 17:41

    Ethiopia has been far better than Bafana now of late... They deserve to be in Brazil despite being robbed of their points. God has always justified...

      Rictus Sardonicus - 2013-09-07 19:10

      Oh, that's why so many people are dying in Syria, god is too busy devoting his attention to assisting the Ethiopian football team and ensuring justice prevails with them.

      Eyob Weldekidan - 2013-09-08 04:36


  • Abdul-Ba'ith Sayegh - 2013-09-07 17:43

    We did our best, now its up to FIFA to sort out the rest.

      Le Bon Vivant - 2013-09-07 20:55

      FIFA has nothing to sort out. Are you hoping the Ethiopia fieled a suspended player again this time? Dream on!!

  • Thabo Petrus - 2013-09-07 17:43

    Guess Ethiopia closed the back door #puff banyana oh snap am sorry bafana better knock the next years...

  • collphelo - 2013-09-07 17:43

    Game Over fellows. It's not the end, we got what(I think) we deserve. I'm proud to be SA'n and I love the Boys.

  • Everton Bouwer - 2013-09-07 17:44

    As least we went out guns blazing!chin up guys,I'm still proud of you.All that is left now is to start from scratch and build a team for Russia 2018.The foundation has been laid.Don't fire Igesund!he did his best and deserves a second chance.with him at the helm,we can only move forward.As dissapointed as I am,I'm still proud to be a South African.Bafana did us proud today.

      Sipho Simon Mogale - 2013-09-07 17:46

      True man they tried they failed

      Markose Yehune - 2013-09-07 19:04

      Bafana Bafana is a beloved team throughout the African continent. They have done well through out the years representing Africa and will do so for many many more years to come. We love you BB and we can’t wait to see you again.

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2013-09-07 17:44

    I was negative but I see we have direction we tried we failed next time Bafana

  • Riekie Coetzee - 2013-09-07 17:45

    Choose better players. That might work

      Singaka Mbele - 2013-09-07 18:31

      so true,should we ask our white coach maybe? naaa...nvm,the 4 whites that was selected is just too few,why cant we adopt Springbok way? today i hear they had about 10blacks in their starting 15

  • Sakhiwo - 2013-09-07 17:45

    Gordon has done well in his 4 outings despite not qualifying.The damage was already too much by Pitso

  • Sakhiwo - 2013-09-07 17:46

    Gordon has done well in his 4 outings despite not qualifying.The damage was already too much by Pitso

  • Sibusiso Zwana - 2013-09-07 17:46

    when are we gonna host a world cup again? That's the only for to get thru.

  • Drexlar Mutant - 2013-09-07 17:47

    ''He he he he'' *Showerkop's infamous irritating giggle*

  • Bethuel Nkogatse - 2013-09-07 17:48

    it use 2 hurt me b4 but now, i ve made peace wit us loosin. u win da tornament da first time u play and maintain consistency thereafter.

  • Mduduzi Ngwenya - 2013-09-07 17:48

    just hope safa does.nt sack gordon.because he has brought out the best in them to be honest.they play far better than they did he took over

  • Lwandile Mabusela - 2013-09-07 17:51

    Our league is one of the wealthiest in the world and maybe we've got the best facilities in Africa but we jst cannot qualify for WC in a group that looked so easy. Shem nc nc nc anyway when we do qualify for a tournament we either dont win a game or bow out in the first round

  • Lwandile Mabusela - 2013-09-07 17:51

    Our league is one of the wealthiest in the world and maybe we've got the best facilities in Africa but we jst cannot qualify for WC in a group that looked so easy. Shem nc nc nc anyway when we do qualify for a tournament we either dont win a game or bow out in the first round

      Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-07 18:09

      Gordon was only in charge of 4 matches in this group and he manage to win 3 out of 4... They should keep him so that he can build this team...

  • Titus Mogaladi - 2013-09-07 17:54

    Hard luck Bafana. You were brilliant today against Botswana. Today's game depended on the other game and that amounted to a throw of the dice. We wish Ethiopia and other continental teams good luck and hope that they will represent Africa well in Brazil. Paledi-wa-masogana

      Eyob Weldekidan - 2013-09-07 20:25

      Great man

  • Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-07 17:59

    Hard luck Bafana back to the drawing board and prepare for 2018. Hope SAFA won't change the coach in Gorden #WeBelieve... Furman the future for Bafana!!!

      Patric Badugela - 2013-09-07 21:49

      Gordon failed to win afcon here at home,jjhe failec to qualify,why do we tolerate mediocrity

      Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-07 22:45

      Patrick can you suggest something perhaps??? Because changing coaches won't help Bafana, even if they can appoint Sir Alex things won't change!!! The only thing needed to help Bafana is for SAFA to invest in grass roots football, where are under 14? 17? and 20?... We need future Bafana Bafana not keep on changing coaches, Gordon is the best coach in South Africa right now. You know that...

      Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-07 22:55

      It took the great SIR FEG, more than 4 years to build the mighty MAN U!!!

  • Excellent Mashego - 2013-09-07 18:06

    Its time to be realistic, unless we can pay someone at FIFA to play some controversial magic.

  • Solly Solomon - 2013-09-07 18:16

    True,but I still reiterate my point,just how many "Ethopians" will fly to Brazil?They sell blankets for starters and to us,I mean they can swin if they're not bothered by the OCEAN.

      Markose Yehune - 2013-09-07 18:35

      Solly – get out of your small box. The world is big. May be Ethiopians who live in South Africa can not afford to fly to Brazil, but millions of us Ethiopians who live in the United States are rich enough to charter hundreds of airplanes to Brazil. Watch what is going to happen if Ethiopia qualifies. By the way, Ethiopians love Bafana Bafana and have been supporting them since the 90s. As African, we all are proud of BB achievement all these years.

      Eyob Weldekidan - 2013-09-07 20:22

      Solly i can tell we ethiopians will attend to brazil may be morethan south africans. Let our team pass and u will see

      Maekel Belay - 2013-09-07 22:22

      Grow up.Silly!

  • Bruno De Gouveia - 2013-09-07 18:18

    useless. host the world cup they had years to prepare a team and then after they should of been better for it, this team wins dead rubber matches .just not good enough.

  • Rob Mugabe - 2013-09-07 18:22

    Pitso and Kompela failed us Parker eish

  • Matthews Bantsijang - 2013-09-07 18:31

    Do we blame Pitso Mosimane for this?

  • Sello Homani - 2013-09-07 18:31

    Parker must consider rugby he would score a lot of tries

      Jack Phakathi - 2013-09-07 19:06

      spot on,he misses more than he scores.

  • Elliot Menziwa - 2013-09-07 18:38

    Perhaps the time to kiss fifa goobye has finally arrived...we must disband more excuses

      Kenneth Mkhari - 2013-09-07 19:32

      I think this EFF thing is messing with you, you can't disband a national team coz by its nature its always a once off thing that why players are selected every game. Not everything is about politics

      Elliot Menziwa - 2013-09-07 19:58

      @mkhari,,safa executives are only there for money nothing else haba serious..ha ke tsibe letho ka bua nnete fela

  • Graham Leslie Hurlstone-jones - 2013-09-07 18:38

    Gordon should have been there before 2010. The best coach in SA with a record second to none. I suppose when the chequebooks come out again, he is gone......

  • Mashavha - 2013-09-07 18:47

    I am waiting for the rugby World cup not bafunny bafunny

      Niel van der Walt - 2013-09-07 22:02

      Ignore this tool, he is just bitter because his loser soccer team isnt allowed to compete with the big boys.

  • Nhlanhla Msiza - 2013-09-07 18:49

    Lets not blame anyone we lost while we were fyting!

  • Lerato Rato - 2013-09-07 18:59

    south africa can buy ethopia out , we do have money,

      Kometsi Khotle - 2013-09-07 19:43

      lol yes you do have money you fail to put to good use akere,too many people are starving in this country and your president is building 200m house with the money he can't account for! This country still has a long way to go.

      Nkululeko Mgobozi - 2013-09-07 20:12 comment lol

      Maekel Belay - 2013-09-07 22:28

      Don't change the topic,It is just about soccer and world cup that you lost!

      Eyob Weldekidan - 2013-09-08 04:24

      Bro just for ur information ethipia is not only on top 10 team in africa also we are in the top 10 in economic growth too. just wait and see we will buy u if u wish

  • John Khambule - 2013-09-07 19:00

    dis was 1 of d best perfomenc bafana has dsplayd igesund should hv bn der 4rm d start n i c no point of chasing hm awy

  • Siseko Bontso - 2013-09-07 19:08

    My suggestion to Bafana players, Never drop points on home soil, remember tht 1-1 draw wth Ethiopia we dropped 2 points and thats the difference tht cost us today

      Bereket Ha - 2013-09-08 03:14

      What about the three point they dock

  • Jurgen Eksteen - 2013-09-07 19:09

    HAHAHAHA ... learn from how things are done in the rugby camps. It's called discipline and practice and the best ppl for the positions even though every now and again they have to deal with quota interference.

  • Jack Phakathi - 2013-09-07 19:10

    No,the dream is still on Ethiopia played another player who should not have played.Lets hope CAR complains to FIFA and they lose another 3 points.THEY DON'T LEARN THESE ETHIOPIANS.

  • mxolisi.zuma.58 - 2013-09-07 19:11

    I wonder what would happen to Mr G. Igusind regarding his position as a national senior coach. BB were eliminated from qualifying for WC in Brazil next year(2014), I mean in his mandate he was given the task to take BB at least to the semis at AFCON in SA earlier this year. And qualify for WC in Brazil. Since he has failed to both tasks, my question is "Is his job safe or what?" Gordon has tried his lucky if it is not his best to restored the pride 'n dignity of BB, but SAFA failed to come in terms with required resources just to give a man a support he deserves since he took over from Pitso sometimes last year.

  • George Slade - 2013-09-07 19:12

    Thank God : The embarrasment of these Losers is Over : USELESS GITS.

      Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-07 20:02

      Yakuthetha ukunya kodwa!!!

      Nkululeko Mgobozi - 2013-09-07 20:08

      Lol true that....1 thing they forgetting they not embarrassement themself they embarrassening us coz at the end people don't say bafana bafana are loosers when it comes to soccer, they say South Africa are loosers when it comes to soccer

  • Faiz Dolley - 2013-09-07 19:22

    Can u pls give the Boks coach to take bafana to the world cup next time

  • Faiz Dolley - 2013-09-07 19:22

    Can u pls give the Boks coach to take bafana to the world cup next time

      Niel van der Walt - 2013-09-07 21:33

      Wtf is it with the people on this site! NOT ONLY 3 COUNTRIES PLAY RUGBY! And if only 3 countries played soccer bafana would be ranked 4th.

  • Jonathan Woods - 2013-09-07 19:39

    Someone on another post had the audacity to suggest that SA change the teams name to that of an animal like many other African nations. But that would be a serious insult to the animals. I am sure they would hate to be associated with such a bunch of useless LOSERS. Keep the stupid name, I mean seriously "Boys Boys ?"

      Ali Motaung - 2013-09-07 20:15

      Unbelievably, I agree with and laughing simultaneously!! Whoever finds a solution for bafanana bafana - will be a millionaire!!

      Jonathan Woods - 2013-09-07 21:52

      Msindeni, said like a true soldier of the revolution. Brainwashed by your hatred for anything intelligent. You are welcome to wallow in mediocrity and self pity. And as I said before, keep your ridiculous teams name. Or should it maybe be Banana Banana!

      Sydney Mokgopha - 2013-09-08 00:04

      @Jonathan, and u believe u have said the most intelligent thing there's to be said! And ofcos, ur ryt, for someone with a bean sized brain like u, surely thts the intelliegency u can afford! And for ur information, ur lil opinion changes nothing nor has any visible impact, except tht ur adding to a long list,which u delaying more useful comments to be read on time.

  • Desire UncleDee Sundire - 2013-09-07 19:44

    It was only fair coz Ethiopia beat Bafana and then they were deducted 3 points. Just saying

  • Jack Phakathi - 2013-09-07 19:51

    Some whites with their comments here have such deep seated racism.I am sure even their farts whistle some racist smell off their bums.

  • Tumi Motlatla - 2013-09-07 19:52

    Perfect! it would have been embarrassing to go to Brazil through back-doors.

  • Sthembize Zulu - 2013-09-07 19:52

    There's no bright side to this, failing to qualify since 1998 and we say bafana did their best and back to drawing board? Please guys.. And from a weak qualifying group!

      Dpm Mogagabe - 2013-09-07 20:33

      Bafana qualified in 2002 Korea/Japan. Played in the group stages. Beaten by Spain, won against Slovania and drew with Paraguay and failed to progress to the next round

  • Jack Phakathi - 2013-09-07 19:59

    Nice to be some white South African,you can display your racisms and nothing will happen to you.if you posted such nonsense in Uganda,Zimbabwe or China you would be tracked down and jailed.

      Niel van der Walt - 2013-09-07 20:47

      Lol jailing us isnt going to help bafana qualify for the wc

  • Gareth Hart - 2013-09-07 20:07

    Maybe there should be more white 'quota' players included..ha,ha...

      Jack Phakathi - 2013-09-07 20:11

      They can't dance or dribble,they must stick to hunting and hiking.

      Niel van der Walt - 2013-09-07 20:25

      Really jack? Ever seen lionel messi?

      Unknown Citizen - 2013-09-07 20:49

      Messi isn't white

      Niel van der Walt - 2013-09-07 21:27

      Lol yes he is, you do know that not only afrikaans people are white hey?

      Thelezi Dondolo - 2013-09-07 21:37

      @Niel true he is white but he is not South African. if maybe we had the likes of Messi in SA. Bafana would be on Top... Sadly we don't...

      Patric Badugela - 2013-09-08 06:56

      Its a shame that even at this age we still have morons like gareth who still attach race on everything.if gordon was black you would be saying he shhould resign,but because he is a white coach you blame black players,bafana failed to qualify because the coach did not have the right tactics.the problems with most whites is that they think they are a super race.gareth you need to under go a paradigm shift