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Bafana, Black Stars in Durban stalemate

2016-10-11 21:04
South Africa's Ayanda Patosi (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana and Ghana have played to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Bafana Bafana coach, Shakes Mashaba made a host of changes to the team that played Burkina Faso in a 2018 Soccer World Cup qualifier on Saturday with Brighton Mhlongo starting in goal and Sibusiso Vilakazi playing up front

It was the visitors who got off to a good start and in the 6th minute they almost opened the scoring after Atsu played Boye through on goal but Mhlongo made a fine save. 

Goalmouth action was scarce until Ghana were awarded a free-kick just outside the box in the 21st minute.

Luckily for South Africa, the wall did its job in keeping out a fierce strike on goal by Tetteh. 

The visitors had another decent chance in the 31st minute when Atsu provided from the right but his cross just evaded Acheampong with the home defence well beaten.

South Africa finally had their first chance in the 36th minute when a long range effort from May Mahlangu flew wide of the right-hand post. 

It took a penalty to break the deadlock in the 38th minute after Isaac Nhlapo brought down Afful in the area.

Wasako made no mistake from the spot for Ghana to lead 1-0 and that's the way it stayed until the half-time whistle.

After the break, South Africa quickly restored parity with Ayanda Patosi curling a shot into the back of the net after great work by Vilakazi in the build up. 

The second half provided little action from that point on until the 71st minute where South Africa thought they had a penalty after Thulani Serero, on as a substitute, went down in the box under a challenge.

The referee waved play on, however. 

South Africa had another excellent chance in the 85th minute but Thamsanqa Gabuza could only send his shot high over the bar and the game ended 1-1. 

Bafana Bafana next play Senegal on 12 November in a 2018 Soccer World Cup qualifier.

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