Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Bafana Bafana

Siphiwe Tshabalala © Backpagepix

Bafana restore pride with win



Goals from Simphiwe Tshabalala and Luyolo Nomandela secured a 2-0 victory for South Africa over Burkina Faso in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Bafana v Burkina Faso text commentary

It was one-way traffic for the locals as they entered the break with a goal advantage courtesy of Tshabalala, before second half substitute Nomandela secured the victory.

The fixture was the second match of the Nelson Mandela Challenge after Bafana Bafana fell 2-0 to Nigeria in the Durban on Wednesday evening.

Earlier in the day the Bafana legends fell to the same scoreline to the Italian Masters.

As a result, Gordon Igesund’s side came into the game on a mission to restore some pride and they threatened in the sixth minute.

Bongani Zungu back-heeled the ball into the path of David Mathebula, but the SuperSport United midfielder’s attempt went well over.

It was a positive start for Bafana as they dominated play along the channels and it didn’t take long before the home side grabbed the lead in the 22nd minute.

Siphiwe Tshabalala showed his prowess in front of goal when he grabbed the ball and turned on it to fired it into the bottom left hand corner. It was his 12th goal in the national shirt.

With a bee in their bonnet, South Africa were itching for the second and it was David Mathebula’s cross to Bernard Parker which forced Mohammed Kabore to make a save with both hands four minute later.

Then, in the 44th minute, Buhle Mkhwanazi did well to clear away Cyrille Bayala’s cross into the area, before Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s shot hit the inside of the post.

South Africa strolled into the break with a lead they knew they should have capitalised more on with their chances, but the introduction of the second half saw the visitors come out with more possession and flare.

But it was Mohammed Kabore who made the save of the match off Parker’s header 13 minutes after the restart, before Tshabalala curled his effort over the angular of the bar from eight yards out in the 61st minute.

Mark van Heerden, who was making his debut for Gordon Igesund’s side, rattled the crossbar with his stunning free-kick in the 72nd minute.

Adama Zerbo then tried his luck with six minutes to go, but it sailed wide of Itumeleng Khune’s goal - the Amakhosi ‘keeper having little to do throughout the fixture.

Luyolo Nomandela made it 2-0 for the home side when he tapped in Lerato Chabangu’s ball, which occurred after a goalmouth scramble, at the goal-line to secure Bafana Bafana’s first win since their victory over Lesotho.

South Africa: (1) 2 (Tshabalala 22’, Nomandela 91’)

Burkina Faso: (0) 0

Teams:

South Africa: Khune, Mkhwanazi (Gumede 70’). Nthethe, Hlatshwayo, Van Heerden, Kekana, Letsholonyane, Mathebula (Chabangu 58’), Zungu (Manyama 55’), Tshabalala (Nomandela 83’), Parker

Burkina Faso: Mohamed Kabore, Alassane, Issa Gouo, Pierre Daila, Issouf Dayo, Sidiki Traore (Soma 74’), Cyrile Bayala, Sidiki Barro, Adama Zerbo, Ipias Tiendrebeogo ( Assise Yaméogo 68’), Dumarou Nebie (Zoungrana 62’)

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Sunday Oliseh
What Chelsea has that Man City lacks
When Jose Mourinho celebrated winning the Capital One Cup many asked if he was putting on a show.

Neil Tovey
I still bleed black and gold
I believe the Soweto derby ranks among the ten best derbies within world football.

Dr Errol Sweeney
Referee inconsistency - true or false?
No one ever said refereeing is easy. No one ever said arbitrating between two “warring” factions...

Segun Odegbami
Barcelona on my mind
I guess every reader of this column knows by now that I am a fan of Barcelona.

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Jose's feeling the heat
Many of my regular readers here will know I am neither a Jose Mourinho apologist nor a cult...

John Dykes
Make the call, ref!
Here’s an excerpt from an alternative, purely fictitious match report from Saturday’s Barclays...