Pitso sent off, Bafana draw

2012-01-06 21:04

Bata - South Africa played to a goalless draw with 2012 African Cup of Nations co-hosts Equatorial Guinea in a friendly international played at the 40 000-seater Nkoatoma Stadium in Bata City on Friday.

Bafana Bafana were without most of their regulars and coach Pitso Mosimane was forced to field a much depleted side which still gave the home team a run for their money. Notably he handed Sweden Player of the Year, May Mahlangu, his first Bafana start and the midfield gem did not disappoint as he showed signs of brilliance.

The Bafana debutant’s pace and skill proved to be a handful for the Equatorial Guinea defence who ended up resorting to hacking him down. The match was very physical, so much so that three Bafana players were cautioned in the first half. In a match dogged by dodgy decisions, skipper Morgan Gould was sent off after he protested to the referee following a foul on Mahlangu.

Having began the first half with Bradley Grobler as a lone striker, the going looked tough and it came as no surprise when Mosimane threw two new strikers into the fray, Nontshinga and Chapman in for Grobler and Scott respectively. The pair changed the complexion of the game and increased the game’s intensity.

The game’s physicality continued and coach Pitso Mosimane who remonstrated following a series of fouls and brawls was sent to the stands by the referee. The 10-man Bafana side still managed to hold on for a goalless stalemate.


  • Sean - 2012-01-06 21:16

    Who is Bafana Bafana ?

      richmkhize - 2012-01-07 09:31

      its you. you do not know yourself

  • Burtfred - 2012-01-06 21:17

    Soccer is just soooooo boring. 90 minutes of watching overpaid, prancing primadonnas and not one single score! What do intelligent people see in this game? I would rather watch my two-minute noodles rise in their bowl - far more exciting.

      richmkhize - 2012-01-07 09:32

      thats true. shaking is not

  • Riaan van Loggerenberg - 2012-01-06 21:56

    Who in the hell wrote this piece of crap and who proof read it before publishing? Is News 24 in the business of hiring illiterate, uneducated morons who know nothing of spelling and grammar etcetera? If thats the case, please organise me a job. I know absolutely squat about soccer so I should be a shoo in for a free trip to Bafana bafana's next trip. You'd be able to understand what I say, but it would'nt make any sense at all. Just like the chop who wrote this. He knows soccer....I think, but with his obvious lack of schooling it also doesnt make sense.

  • Dhirshan - 2012-01-06 23:49

    if ever i saw a pathetic sports team its these guys over the last decade! pains me to say that as a die-hard sa sports fan.

  • Sam - 2012-01-07 08:07

    the so called a strong bafana team play to loose the so called a weak team play for draws so where is the winning bafana?Pitso please just go

  • NSongololo - 2012-01-07 09:40

    i watched the 2nd half of this match last night and man was it one sided. the ref was completely biased, at one point one of the equatorial guinea players slapped one of ours, no card but pitso was sent off for saying something about it.

  • Claude - 2012-01-07 11:33

    This is a sport where some administration, referees and players and not above suspicion of being crooked. Bafana need a few effective international strikers as there are none in the PSL that can deliver.

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