Bafana stumble in Harare

2011-11-15 22:10

Harare - South Africa suffered their first defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe since 2003, going down 2-1 in an international friendly at the Rufaro Stadium here on Tuesday night.
A second half brace from former Kaizer Chiefs striker Knowledge Musona proved to be the undoing of Pitso Mosimane’s inexperienced team, who led the match 1-0 at halftime thanks to a debut goal from Bradley Grobler.
After a fairly strong opening 20 minutes from Zimbabwe - which saw the hosts use their flanks to good effect - Bafana gradually began to asset themselves in midfield thanks to fine play from the likes of Hlompho Kekana, Oupa Manyisa and Thanduyise Khuboni.
And after 29 minutes the visitors took the lead - a pass from Teko Modise found its way through to the feet of Bradley Grobler, who coolly slotted the ball past goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini to mark his national team debut with a goal.
It could have been 2-0 just three minutes later: a route-one ball was poorly dealt with by the Warriors’ defence and Kermit Erasmus was able to get away a shot from inside the 18-yard area, but this time Kapini came up with a sharp save to deny the SuperSport United striker.
Zimbabwe created a couple of half chances of their own, with the lively Knowledge Musona always looking likely to capitalise on any lapse in defence, but Bafana Bafana were able to retain their lead up to the halftime break.
However, it took just seven minutes of the second half for Musona - the PSL’s leading goal scorer with Kaizer Chiefs last season - to level the scores at 1-1. He headed home a fantastic cross from right-back Tapiwa Khumbuyani.
And just past the hour mark Musona grabbed his second of the night to make it 2-1 after 62 minutes. The striker stole the ball off centre-back Bevan Fransman and beat Moeneeb Josephs with a low shot just inside the near post.
The Warriors had further opportunities to add to their score, while Bafana, apart from one effort by Modise that forced a decent save from Kapini, were unable to really trouble the home side’s defence in the second half.

Zimbabwe (0) 2 (Musona 53’ 61’)
South Africa (1) 1 (Grobler 29’)

Kapini; Khumbuyani, Zvasiya, Sweswe, Jambo, Katsande, Nengomasha (Zhuwawo 68’), Karuru, Billiat (Mukamba 71’), Malajila, Musona (Mapemba 88’)
South Africa: Josephs; Jele, Fransman, Gould, Masenamela, Manyisa (Claasen 66’), Khuboni, Kekana (Maluleka 89’), Modise, Erasmus (Nontshinga 69’), Grobler (Lebese 86’)

(Home teams listed first)

Other results:

2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Africa, first round, second leg (home team listed first):

Burundi 2 Lesotho 1 - 2-2 on aggregate; Lesotho advances on away goals

Congo 5 Swaziland 1 - Congo advances 8-2 on aggregate

Kenya 4 Seychelles 0 - Kenya advances 7-0 on aggregate

Madagascar 2 Equatorial Guinea 1 - Equatorial Guinea advances 3-2 on aggregate

Republic of Congo 1 Sao Tome e Principe 1 - Republic of Congo advances 6-1 on aggregate

Mozambique 4 Comoros 1 - Mozambique advances 5-1 on aggregate

Namibia 4 Djibouti 0 - Namibia advances 8-0 on aggregate

Rwanda 3 Eritrea 1 - Rwanda advances 4-2 on aggregate

Tanzania 0 Chad 1 - 2-2 on aggregate; Tanzania advances on away goals

Togo 1 Guinea-Bissau 0 - Togo advances 2-1 on aggregate


Algeria vs. Cameroon, cancelled due to Cameroon players' strike

Ghana 2 Gabon 1

Guinea 1 Burkina Faso 1

Niger 1 Botswana 1

Nigeria 2 Zambia 0

Belarus 1 Libya 1


  • Kevin Nicklin - 2011-11-15 22:16

    That will teach ya! After commenting that Zimbabwe should be a walk in the park after drawing with ivory coast! Never count your chickens until they've all hatched!

      Van - 2011-11-16 00:03

      What chickens? Eggs were stolen.

      Jack - 2011-11-16 07:45

      And they want more transformation in Rugby and Cricket!! Please stay away, we don’t want to be the laughting stock of the world. Bafunny Bafunny must be the most privileged side on the continent, yet they cannot even qualify for the African Cup or win againt Zim....what a bunch of arrogant a-holes. Get your own game in order before you start to preach. what a joke!!!

      Sanele - 2011-11-16 08:54

      @Jack: So we need more whites in Bafana yet no blacks should be in cricket? What a hypocrite!!! Listen here, whites have always been in the Bafana set-up and some of them are legends as we speak e.g Mark Fish, Eric Tinkler, Roger de Sa, etc... Grobler is another promising striker hence he got his chance, so the other white folks will always get their chance so long as they up their game. Don't come here with those white tendencies as observed by Malema...

      Sanele - 2011-11-16 10:51

      @Jack: I cannot come here and argue that black people be pushed to the Boks squad wen they are not competent enough to play and win us games, I also don't expect you to cry for every white cow to be pushed to Bafana, it's not about the colour broer, it's about the skill. Transformation is good but it should never compromise quality. I feel you are one of doz 'unfortunate citizens' who stereotype blacks of being dumb, you know we can never ask for 13 players in the field, you're just insulting us... It just makes you dumb to think we have the potential to demand that. I'm in full praise of the likes of Mark Tovey, Tinkler, and other great players to have graced SA football. Those guys won us the African Cup in 1996. They were not just white, we did not see white in them, they were simply good players hence they deserve a mention. There are many other great black SA football players as we speak, most being in the Bafana set-up. We need to guide against being biased by our skins in our utterances and views. I wish we would talk more about players' skills and talents and less about their surnames.

      Peter - 2011-11-16 17:00

      @Sanele Thank you for putting Jack in his place. I think your comments are very balanced and true. I agree with Jack though when he says that Bafana are priveleged, and I feel they owe the passionate supporting public, like myself, a few victories. Instead we have to listen to nonsense and excuses. The misunderstanding of the CAF rules was ridiculous, and Pitso's lame excuses are becoming tiresome.

  • HagenDan - 2011-11-15 22:28

    That's too bad. Oh well, experimental team but good to see Grobler score on debut. It was a solid finish. Hopefully he puts in strong performances next year and we can find a strike partner for Killer.

      HagenDan - 2011-11-15 22:29

      ^2 goals in two games conceded for defensive blunders. Not on.

  • zenande - 2011-11-15 23:08

    Pitso must goooooooo, He's been doing nothng.

  • Washington - 2011-11-15 23:16

    Well done guys - Zimbos inspite of our problems are a resilient lot and we have bettered our erstwile neighbours in all respects more so intellectually.

      Bigrp - 2011-11-16 08:46

      So why are so many of you in my country...if you are so much better than us and more intelligent, go back to your own country and sort out your own problems!

      Don - 2011-11-17 06:00

      South Africa is just another third world country. I'm a proud Zimbabwean born American citizen and these xenophobic backward fools can keep their crime, aids infested country. God bless USA.

  • Raditshaba - 2011-11-15 23:24

    oho what did you expect from Pitso and banana banana

      Peter - 2011-11-16 17:03

      @Jose You are a total d00s.

  • Enockay - 2011-11-15 23:36

    Pitso should feel embarased to send the weakest sqaud in the 1st cant underestimate ur opponent...losing to Zim is a for the quality on TV...well its Zim TV what do we expect...4 all we know Mugabe himself was running the broadcast

      Chaapo - 2011-11-16 10:44

      Understood that the coverage was by an SABC crew - look closer home for incompetence. Zim covers their games quite well despite everything. Supersport recently covered a match in Zim too without any hitches. Maybe it should have been left to ZBC to do the job. What Zimbos lack is a leader, not skills, as many in SA should admit.

      Don - 2011-11-17 03:47

      As a proud American citizen who was born in Zimbabwe, I'm apalled by the atitudes South Africans have towards other africans. I'm more at home in New York City than I can ever be in Johannesburg. What a shame. And I'm a Ndebele who can trace my roots to Kwazulu. There's no hope for Africa.

      Kosie - 2011-11-17 11:54

      @ don: so what is your attitude towards the mexicans seeing that they are your neighbours and also americans(if you go by continents)

  • Gareth - 2011-11-15 23:58

    They didn't stumble they got well and truly trashed by Zimbabwe!They should tumble down the Fifa Rankings bigtime now.Serve them right. Say what do you make of that now Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula you and your pathetic "indaba... the transformation of South African society" speech you gave which seems to be all that you people are good at.Giving mindless,boring speeches is your FORTE in'nt,instead of working for things yourselves and earning respect. You can't do **** all right and still you have the nerve to preach integration,delivery mechanisms,transformation charter,non-racial,global competitiveness GARBAGE! Start by getting a decent team together,with a winning mentality coach to transform and get players into a winning at all cost mode.You have too many black and coloured faces in that Bafana Bafana team that's supposed to be reflecting the country’s entire demographics more accurately.What happened to all that?Why can't you get young white people interested in playing football for South Africa's national team hey?

  • grantcg - 2011-11-16 03:17

    woohoo!! a white oke was playing! :) :) :)

      Anthony - 2011-11-16 06:12

      what a white playing wow now thats window dressing if you ask me, was it just yesterday that the minister of sport said teams not black enought? whats up

      Renny - 2011-11-16 06:32

      A White guy? Thats not allowed, maybe it was a black guy just painted white.

      colin.dovey - 2011-11-16 06:37

      A "BEE" in their collective bonnets?

      Jack - 2011-11-16 08:01

      About time, just shows you what they've been missing all this time.

      Dhirshan - 2011-11-16 08:05

      david somma and grobelaar should be our strike pair . . . our soccer guys get run off the park coz they so scrawny . . . imagine frans steyn and juan smith as our central defense or something . . .

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  • joubert.joep - 2011-11-16 04:17

    Maybe Bafana must turn to bowls then TV coverage will not be a problem. They will still not win anything but at least we will be able to watch how they screw it up! Which nation in the world do not play soccer? We might want to take them on next...

      Renny - 2011-11-16 13:03


  • J.D. - 2011-11-16 06:21

    lost against zimbabwe of all places. this is the result of full transformation mbalula want to see in sa sport. embarassment.

      Dmitri - 2011-11-16 06:32

      Cannot wait to hear the excuses.

  • lwando.mocksini - 2011-11-16 06:52

    It is a disgrace it should be a wake up call for them and Pitso and his tema must pull up their socks.

      Jack - 2011-11-16 08:03

      @ Iwando....It's lonmg past there wake up call...i believe when they failed to qualify for the Africa Cup was the curtain call. Why is it that Black people all ways expect to be given more chances?

  • Jerhone - 2011-11-16 07:33

    still maintain they play k*k and the worst is what a waste of money to keep soccer afloat not to talk about the poor charities that are screwed out of their lotto money because of soccer beautiful game my a*rse

  • Jerhone - 2011-11-16 07:49

    to continue, the best is when they even draw against weak teams they are praised and its put on top of news 24 and you'll swear they won the world cup, today after loosing it's a little line on the side of news24 front page, i've come to the conclusion that after 17 years and millions pumped into soccer this just is not our game, even the training these fellows get is girlish, whenever i see a training session don't run they skip like little girls, beautiful game my a*se

      makomichi - 2011-11-16 08:34

      When Pitso was put on the helm,he said "I'm going to take SA to AFCON,WORLD CUP.Now becoz he lost his case,he is now coming up with statements to keep his job like "Those are the players i have,if u have better ones tell me".The bottom line is Mosimane will never deliver anything for SA soccer but strive to keep his job.Its high time SA start t think big

      mrmogoswane - 2011-11-16 11:31

      i still maintain Gordon Igesund for coach. he is one coach who has always worked with what he has and brought out the best in them. look at Moroka Swallows 3rd on the PSL who would have imagined. and he never complains. the stats prove he is one of the best: 1996/97 PSL champion (Manning Rangers) 2000/01 PSL champion (Orlando Pirates) 2001/02 PSL champion (Santos) 2006/07 PSL champion (Sundowns) Remember what he did with Sundowns that team played the best foot ball it has ever played under him no matter what foreign coach they get they can't get to that level. imagine if he had every player in SA at his disposal. Pitso says "Those are the players i have,if u have better ones tell me" how arrogant is that? Gordon Igesund for bafana bafana coach.....

      Shoosh - 2011-11-16 14:01

      @mrmogoswane - agree 100% with your comment but can't see it happening, a white coach will never again be appointed as Bafuna coach. Before piesang Pitso's appointment it was made clear by SAFA that they will only appoint a black african to coach banana bafoona.

  • Albert - 2011-11-16 08:15

    lets comment on the sport of football, zim won the match because it was the better team. dont underestimate a team because of the state the country is in. remember most of those players are plying their trade in south africa and overseas. well done zim and good luck next time south africa.

  • Sidima - 2011-11-16 08:49

    I'm stil not sure why Pitso is playing people like Fransman & Modise in his team. Is this part of his plan for the future? What a bleak vision...

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  • Sanele - 2011-11-16 09:02

    I feel a lot of fly-by-night supporters emerge everytime when thing s are not going right with our national team. But we can not really read much from this game, 9 players in the starting II had their first cap in Bafana colours, if you understand football you need to realise that players need to understand each other and understand the sytem and you can't expect miracles on game 1. The Zimbabwean side produced a strong & highly experienced squad. We also have to note that Zim has some very good players. I'm happy that the young inexperienced players were given a run for they are very much needed in the build-up to the next WC in Brazil in 2014.

      llewellyn.saville - 2011-11-16 09:34

      I agree. It was a friendly game to see who is of the quality to build on for the first team. Now I'm just hoping that this loss causes PSL teams to wake up to the fact that our league is not consistently producing players of the highest level and that the soccer bosses would choose to invest more in development.

      Chaapo - 2011-11-16 10:36

      Forever making excuses while being blind to the fact that neither the coach nor players can deliver. Carry on.

      Ian - 2011-11-16 10:40

      Pitso chose to play an inexperienced team. What would those 9 players have learnt from that experience? Loosing against Zim would only do more harm than good. Not a great confidence booster I am afraid!!

      Sidima - 2011-11-16 12:51

      If you have a vision and are building a squad to contest in 2013 AFCON, Qualifiers and 2014WC then playing a young squad that is inexperienced against an experienced Zim team will not do you any favours. You need to mix up the experienced with youth in these games so that you introduce the youth gradually to the big leagues. This loss has done nothing for Bafana or even the young boys Pitso played. Every game must be treated as a competitive game not a trial game of some sort. This coach has lost the plot because the next game will be a competitive game in months to come and we will be judged by our last performance. Which was a loss agianst a lowly rated team. Our neighbours nogal..DamnThisCoachIsThick..!!!

  • Tony - 2011-11-16 09:17

    Mathematicians where never really good at soccer ...what did u expect from a team who rely on mathematical equations?

  • Chaapo - 2011-11-16 10:34

    What else is new? This is what happens when people are overly-hyped and have an overblown sense of their own skills. Inexperienced players indeed! Why not have a mix of both experience and inexperience especially since this will still impact the rankings? What other excuses; power, artificial turf? Are we going back to the excuses about how SA was “robbed” in the qualifiers for the Cup of nations? SA coaches always have a bagful of excuses.

  • derrick.dawson - 2011-11-16 10:41

    Bafana is a joke

  • paul.ramncwana - 2011-11-16 11:03

    What makes me mad is that they put in players that played two good games or had 2 wonder goals and they think they are bafana material because they play for the Pirates and Sundowns. Teko I don't know how you made it to team but I hope last night was your last game. Maybe I'm harsh but that's the feeling I get from yesterday game.

  • makomichi - 2011-11-16 11:41

    The problem with SA is u are full of praise,proud for nothing.How can you say "we deserved a draw,it was an inexperienced team,a draw was a fair result".Its high time you start to open yo eyes,with the vast finacial resources,good administration setup you have, you are not better than Zim on soccer.Yo players have been learning ever since,Teko Modise,Manyisa still learning,haaa come on guys.Mosimane is far away to be a National coach who can take SA to either World Cup or AFCON.wake up guys,wake up

      llewellyn.saville - 2011-11-17 10:42

      That is why I feel our PSL bosses need to wake up to the fact that they have to invest in the development of football and not the milking of soccer.

  • Ernest - 2011-11-16 12:18

    Sadly here we go again. The glorified Bafana Bafana continues to be the football punch bag in the region in general and Africa in particular. They lost to Niger, drew with Sierra Leone at home, and argued that CAF rules are not spelt out clearly. What a nation of bitter losers. Whether Bafana stumbled or lost in Harare, the reality is S.A was taught a sound football remedy by the Warriors of Zimbabwe.

      Don - 2011-11-17 05:05

      Bafana's greatest weakness is arrogance. In sport, you get punished for taking competitors for granted.

  • Zukisani - 2011-11-16 12:30

    mxm transformation se gat , this is a sport whoever can play will play if you are cow who just kicks the ball without purpose whether you are white or black you wont be picked. there is a player called May Mahlangu he is big in Sweden so much that some people over there are calling for him to be naturalised he just won player of the season. this just goes to show pitso needs to go. he picks anything as long as it plays overseas

  • Aphiwe - 2011-11-16 15:04

    I think we should rethink this pass and move i.e Barca & Arsenal football style we play "knocking it around". We are not good enough. We should be more pragmatic ie SOLID defence and strive for early goals, late goals and master set piece plays. To me thats more achievable, look at our most successful exports its mostly defenders i.e Rhuu, Fish & more. Its won Italy 4 world Cups and Uruguay 2 world cups, Remember Greece, Mourhinho is defensive and Springbok rugby is an awsome example of this strategy they r not saduced by All Blacks & Wallabie flare. *If they can't score us we can't lose* I am Just thinking out loud folks.

  • James - 2011-11-16 21:18

    Time to pick the best coaches in the country with a PROVEN track record, how did Pitso do with SS united compared to Gavin Hunt. Hunt also holds European coaching credentials which he himself paid for!!! We gonna lose him very soon if we not careful!!! Then there is Igesunds record... Speaks for itself!!! Cant blame Pitso that once again SAFA has put the wrong man in the position!!!

  • Ian - 2011-11-17 05:27

    watch ethiopia wop bajoker bajoker as well

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