As it happened: SA v Botswana

2013-09-06 10:44

Interactive commentary on today's Bafana v Botswana 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifier from the Moses Mabhida Stadium.


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Commentary by Sport24 Editor, Garrin Lambley

17:38 - Click HERE to read the full match report


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17:36 - PICTURE

But the fans still had a super afternoon in the Durban sun... (Gallo Images)

17:33 - SAD NEWS

Sad news filtering in from Brazzaville is that Ethiopia have beaten CAR 2-1 and have topped Group A as a result. They will progress to the next stage of qualification.

Bafana Bafana will have to fight another day...

17:26 - Coach Gordon Igesund refuses to be drawn on why Thulani Serero was released from the squad - but promises to do so following the post-match press conference.

17:23 - Dean Furman, in a very English accent, is named man of the match. Well deserved?

17:23 - Stats show Bafana enjoyed a 59%-41% possession advantage in the match

17:22 - FULL-TIME in Durban, and Bafana Bafana have emerged well-deserved 4-1 victors.

Now they wait for the final whistle to sound in Brazzaville...

17:19 - The fourth official shows that THREE minutes of extra-time will be played

17:18 - That's Parker's second goal of the match - in the 90th minute - and has sealed the win for the hosts. But will it be enough... ?

17:17 - Bernard Parker to take the penalty... and he SCORES!

17:16 - PENALTY for Bafana Bafana as Daine Klate is brought down in the circle

17:16 - Late substitution for Bafana as Daine Klate replaces Siphiwe Tshabalala


Holding thumb sfor them from a Bok supporter - Tim Kilpin

C'mon Bafana!! The Bokke did it earlier now it's your turn:-):-) - Merle Kallis

17:12 - Amakhosi star Bernard Parker scores from a free-kick to seal what now should be a fairly comfortable victory for Bafana

17:12 - GOAL, GOAL, GOAL!!!!!!!

17:10 - TWEET

Please CAR... Please - Marc Lewis

17:08 - Botswana have looked a different side completely following their goal. That and perhaps the news that Bafana are going OUT is the CAR v Ethiopia scoreline remains the same...

17:08 - 10 minutes left in Durban as coach Igesund is spotted breathing heavily

17:05 - Irony of all ironies, the player who scored the Ethiopian second goal in the player who Ethiopia illegally selected against Botswana earlier in the qualification campaign which saw them docked three points...

17:04 - Coach Igesund has responded to the Botswana goal by lining up two substitutions...

17:03 - Mmm, not ideal, with 15 minutes to play in Durban. Bafana NEED the CAR to score again - and must hold onto their now 1-goal advantage at the very least


The Zebras have clawed a goal back through Jerome Ramatlhakwna


Sam Goosen's view of the Bafana Bafana v Botswana match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium

16:59 - Just under 20 minutes to play in Durban. Bafana's 2014 SWC fate is no longer in their hands...

16:59 - For the record, the second Ethiopian goalscorer was Menyahel Teshome in the 61st minute

16:56 - DRAMA :(

Ethiopia have taken a 2-1 lead in their qualifier against CAR.

As it stands, Bafana Bafana are OUT!

16:56 - Andile Jali enters the fray for Bafana Bafana


Sam Goosen and partner...


As it stands (after 62 minutes in Durban), Bafana Bafana would top Group A on 11 points, the same as Ethiopia, but they (Bafana) enjoy a superior goal differential (of five goals)

16:49 - PICTURE

Dean Furman celebrates scoring for Bafana (Gallo Images)

16:46 - Substitution for Bafana Bafana as Kermit Erasmus, goalscoring in the first half, is replaced by Bongani Zungu

16:45 - The Ethiopian goalscorer was Salahdin Ahmed in the 48th minute

16:43 - GOAL ALERT

Ethiopia have equalised in their match against CAR IN Brazzaville. Not ideal for Bafana Bafana...


We are moving to the next stage guys, victory is certain. love you South Africans. go go go bafana go - Tony Lopez

16:41 - The second half has started in Brazzaville. Just a reminder, the CAR lead Ethiopia 1-0 at the break...

16:39 - PICTURE

Bafana's fans are still in full voice - and colour... (Gallo Images)


The guys will restore our dignity i am a psychic. bafana will move to the next stage - Van Wyk

You can do this Bafana Bafana go go go! - Christine Howse

Go Bafana Bafana !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Romeo Kok

16:34 - And the second half is underway in Durban! Are Bafana Bafana 45 minutes away from the next stage of qualification for the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil?

Let us know at

16:23 - The half-time whistle has finally sounded in Brazzaville - and CAR lead 1-0 at the break...

16:22 - PICTURE

Dean Furman gets really close to the action... (Gallo Images)

16:18 - So far, so good for Gordon Igesund's men as they're doing their part - and CAR are leading Ethiopia in Brazzaville

16:18 - And that's HALF-TIME in Durban

16:17 - Superb finish by the Doncaster Rovers man as he stretches out a right leg and beats the Botswana 'keeper across his goal

16:17 - That man Dean Furman scores!

16:17 - GOAL, GOAL, GOAL!!!!!!!!!!

16:16 - TWO minutes of extra-time to be added

16:11 - Siphiwe Tshabalala has a shot on target but with little to no force and the Botswana 'keeper gratefully scoops up the ball with little fuss

16:10 - Five minutes before the half-time whistle at the Moses Mabhida Stadium

16:06 - TWEET

Bafana using width of park in slick fashion ... So far so good! - Sport24 chief writer Rob Houwing

16:05 - For those interested, Salif Keita in the 23rd minute was the scorer for CAR

16:04 - Do we dare to start dreaming of progressing to the next stage of 2014 SWC qualification??


The CAR have taken a shock 1-0 lead against Ethiopia in Brazzaville!

16:02 - SO close to a second goal as Bernard Parker forces the Botswana goalkeeper into a fantastic left-handed save

16:01 - PICTURE

Fans celebrate as Bafana Bafana take the lead against Botswana in Durban (Gallo Images)

15:59 - Don't celebrate just yet, but so far, so good for Bafana's 2014 SWC hopes...

15:59 - Kermit Erasmus opens the scoring for Bafana Bafana after a flick-on by Bernard Parker

15:59 - GOAL, GOAL, GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

15:58 - Corner to Bafana as the whole of South Africa holds their collective breath...

15:55 - Erasmus down - again - as he bravely attempts a header and collides with Botswana 'keeper Kabelo Dambe after a superb cross from the left by Thabo Matlaba

15:54 - 23 minutes gone in Durban, 16 minutes elapsed in Brazzaville...


No score in either the Bafana v Botswana nor CAR v Ethiopia match.

So... if things stay the way they are, Bafana would be OUT of the qualification process for the 2014 Soccer World Cup...

15:52 - Bernard Parker has a shot on goal. Well, "towards" goal as it sails wide to the left...


15:50 - TWEET

Furman does the simple things so well and you know he is going to hold the shape of the team. Like him more each time I watch him - Clint Roper

15:49 - The crowd is in full voice and some amazing pictures coming out of the stadium - which we will bring to you shortly...

15:48 - Siphiwe Tshabalala's resulting free-kick is just too high and goes over the crossbar

15:47 - OUCH!

Kermit Erasmus goes down in a heap on the edge of the Botswana area

15:45 - The CAR v Ethiopia match has kicked off, but at least 7 or 8 minutes AFTER the Bafana v Botswana clash...

15:41 - It's all Bafana Bafana in the opening 10 minutes as they dominate possession. No word from Brazzaville and the CAR v Ethiopia match...

15:38 - Kabelo Dambe is the goalkeeper for the Zebras, Kagisho Dikgacoi was the player denied on both occasions...

15:37 - OH MY WORD!

Incredible DOUBLE-save from the Botswana 'keeper denies Bafana Bafana a dream start!

15:36 - VIDEO

Take a look at this quick video pre-kick off...

15:33 - REMEMBER...

Bafana HAVE to win to stand any chance of progressing. So it doesn't take much a genius to work out that they need to score...

15:33 - Frantic start and an early corner for Bafana Bafana, but it amounts to nothing...

15:32 - And we're off ... good luck boys!

15:31 - TWEET

A matta of life and death today for the boys !!! let's hunt in a pack and hav these zebras for lunch :-) - sameehg doutie


The anthems have been played and it's about to kick off here at the Moses Mabhida Stadium!


Holland-based midfielder Thulani Serero has been released from the Bafana Bafana camp due to disciplinary reasons.

Read the full story HERE...

15:00 - PICTURE



Jokes aside, in order for to Bafana Bafana to stand ANY chance of progressing to the next stage of qualification for the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil, they have to beat Botswana.

However, that may not be enough...

They also need current Group A log leaders Ethiopia NOT to beat the CAR in their final qualifier, also taking place at 15:30 today in Brazzaville.

15:00 - PICTURE

Bernard Parker chats to reports (Gallo Images)

15:00 - TEAMS:

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

15:00 - Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's do-or-die Bafana Bafana v Botswana 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifier from the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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