South Africa v Angola 2016 CHAN qualifier
Posted: 17 October 2015 Time: 13:52
South Africa have a mountain to climb in Angola next Saturday after losing the first leg of their 2016 Chan qualifier at Rand Stadium.
South Africa had a lot of possession and created many chances, but it was Angola who, after a goalless first half, struck twice after the break.
The hosts were unlucky to fall behind in the 54th minute when a speculative shot by Mateus da Silva deflected off Thabo September and looped over Wayne Sandilands. Just seconds earlier, a good through ball by Michael Morton had found Percy Tau, who had just entered the action, but he was thwarted by a brilliant tackle.
Morton should have put South Africa level in the 66th minute when Tau’s shot was blocked but he could not adjust his feet for the rebound and fired tamely wide.
Late on, South Africa piled on the pressure, their best chance coming in the 83rd minute when Amigo Memela headed weakly against the post after an excellent cross by Siyanda Zwane.
As the game entered added time, the home defence was caught out by a ball over the top, and Manuel Afonso chipped the ball over the onrushing Sandilands to make it 2-0.
Angola missed a sitter in the 27th minute when Gerson set up Ary Papel who scooped over the bar in 6-yard area with Sandilands helpless.
The visitors had the better of the first half, but also gave away many free kicks, Manucho Dias picking up a yellow card late in the half for a foul on Qalinge. The trend continued in the second half, with two more yellows being shown at Angolans.
Morton was the only South African to receive a yellow, for a 71st minute foul.
Wandisile Letlabika, who captained the team, is the only survivor from the squad that defeated Mauritius in the last round of this competition.
Otherwise there are seven debutants in a team led by Thabo Senong, including Levy Mokgothu, who has not played a single match since signing for Kaizer Chiefs from Moroka Swallows a year ago.
Other debutants include the experienced Thabo September, Roggert Nyundu a regular goalscorer in the NFD for Black Leopards, Michael Morton of SuperSport United, Orlando Pirates reserve Thabo Qalinqe, Mlungisi Mbunjana of Cape Town All Stars and his former teammate Amigo Memela, signed by Pirates in the off-season.
The bench is similarly inexperienced – only striker Bradley Grobler (two caps) and midfielder Hendrick Ekstein (one cap) having played for Bafana previously.
South Africa: Wayne Sandilands – Wandisile Letlabika (C), Siyanda Zwane, Thabo September, Levy Mokgothu – Michael Morton, Mlungisi Mbunjana, Thabo Qalinge (Lyle Lakay 45), Luvuyo Memela – Bongani Ndulula (Bradley Grobler 59), Roggert Nyundu (Percy Tau 52)
Unused subs: Nkosingiphile Gumede, Tebogo Moerane, Mario Booysen, Hendrick Ekstein