Bafana Bafana

Shakes: We won tactical battle

2015-01-05 08:05
Shakes Mashaba (Supplied)
Shakes Mashaba (Supplied)
Cape Town - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba says his side were better from a tactical point of view in their friendly clash against Zambia at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Sunday.

Bafana won the clash 1-0 after a late strike from substitute Thuso Phala, who came on in the second half to help boost his team against the 2012 AFCON champions.

Speaking to Soccer-Laduma after the match, Mashaba said: "They were very determined to come here and break our momentum, it was a good game, tactically we were more superior than them of course and unfortunately we couldn't finish up the goals we wanted to score.

"And fatigue was taking it's toll in the last 12-13 minutes of the game, you could have seen all the players looking at their legs and muscles."

The Zambians came out the stronger of the two teams in the opening minutes with Rainford Kalaba and Emmanuel Mayuka stringing passes together with pace and flair.

Chipolopolo came out with the intention to assert themselves and on the right flank Lubambo Musonda beat three challengers to lay-off Mayuka running into the home team's territory.

Mayuka played through Kondwani Mtonga, who miscued his strike wide of Bafana goalkeeper Darren Keet.

After a lukewarm start, Bafana began to gather momentum with Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Thamsanqa Sangweni in the thick of things dictating the play in central midfield.

Winger Mandla Masango was the recipient of a pass by Sangweni from midfield and drove it into the box but was dispossessed by a Davies Nkausu tackle.

In the 17th minute defender Anele Ngcongca made a dashing run from the back to feed through striker Tokelo Rantie, whose shot whizzed over the target.

From the left flank Oupa Manyisa delivered a delectable cross into the box that missed the flying boot of Thabo Matlaba in the 33rd minute.

The encounter went into the half-time break with both teams having failed to get onto the score-sheet.

In the second half wholesale changes were made to contest the period under a different make-up.

Ngcongca ended-up in a good advanced position in the 56th minute after Rantie nicked the ball to him. But Ngcongca’s strike snap-shot in the box was saved by substitute goalkeeper Donashano Malama.

The Zambians lost some steam in the later stages of the match with Bafana taking control of the clash.

With the match seemingly headed for a stalemate, the nimble Phala came onto the pitch and made the difference after an assist from Sibusiso Vilakazi.

Bafana ensured a perfect send-off and are now set to depart for the AFCON championship in Equatorial Guinea starting on January 17.


South Africa: Keet (Khuzwayo 62'), Ngcongca, Matlaba (Hlatshwayo 86'), Mathoho, Coetzee, Sangweni (Zwane 52'), Letsholonyane (Vilakazi 58'), Masango (Phala 74'), Manyisa, Ndulula (Parker 44'), Rantie

Zambia: Mweene (Munyao 45'), Nkausu, Musonda (Mulenga 62'), Mtonga, Sunzu (Munthali 55'), Kabwe, Sinkala (Sautu 88'), Lungu (Chamanga 57'), Kalaba, Singuluma, Mayuka (Mwanza 45')

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