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Bafana lose to Leone Stars

Posted: 14 June 2008 Time: 20:46

Two late goalline saves by Sierra Leone’s goalkeeper; Christian Caulker secured a dramatic 1-0 win over South Africa, severely denting Bafana Bafana’s chances of qualifying for the 2010 African Nations Cup finals.

An 18th minute penalty by Sierra Leone’s captain and star player Mohammed Kallon separated the teams, but it was rough justice on Joel Santana’s men who were unlucky not have gained a point from their trip to Freetown.

They had completely dominated the opening period when the hosts mounted their first meaningful attack, and Bryce Moon’s lunge brought down Samuel Barlay in the penalty area, just inside the left channel. It was a careless challenge, and it has cost South Africa dearly.

Although the qualifying campaign for Angola 2010 has a long way to go, there must be serious concern around Bafana’s inability to pick up points in West Africa. And, unless this is rectified, South Africa face the embarrassing prospect of missing out on the Nations Cup finals just a few months before hosting the World Cup.

Yet, with a little luck, and more assured finishing, South Africa would have taken a point, or even all three, from this match.

Just as they completely dominated the opening quarter-hour, forcing the hosts into conceding a flurry of free-kicks, so they dominated the closing stages, again winning a number of free-kicks, but to no avail.

Caulker saved acrobatically on his line from from Lerato Chabangu in the 81st minute, just seconds after the Sundowns man had come on for a disappointing Terror Fanteni. And Caulker repeated the heroics during a goallmouth scramble three minutes into time added on, clinching a precious win for the underdogs.

South Africa came close on a number of other occasions, Kagiso Dikgacoi hitting the crossbar after a good move in the 67th minute involving Steven Pienaar and Tshepo Masilela.

Surprise Moriri twice drew point-blank saves out of Caulker, the first just before half-time, then again as Bafana mounted their second half comeback. And Pienaar twice had efforts that were too close to the keeper to trouble him.

The hosts were not completely outclassed however, and dominated the period after taking the lead – another cause for concern for Santana, as Bafana again let their heads drop.

They roused themselves well after the interval however, and even though Sierra Leone played with the confidence of a home side leading, Bafana return home convinced that the better side lost.

Sierra Leone: Christian Caulker – Warren Kanu, Ibrahim Koroma, Umeru Bangura, Gibrila Wobay – Samuel Barlay (Alpha Lansana 84), Ibrahim Kargbo, Sherrif Suma, Kai Kamara (Ishmael Kamara 90 + 3) – Mohammed Kallon (capt), Mustapha Bangura (Paul Kpaka 74)

South Africa: Khune – Moon (Mashego 68), Khumalo, Tsotetsi, Masilela – Modise, Sibaya (capt), Dikgacoi, Pienaar – Moriri – Fanteni (Chabangu 81)

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:00 pm
..Bafana Bafana just love donating points..Botswana 1 Ivory Coast 1.
Bullet Funk
posted: 09:04 pm
I smell blood...just hope a remedy will be in place before the world cup...this should be worrying...surely Sierra Leone!!
posted: 09:06 pm
Good luck next time Bafana Bo-majesa
atleast you lost 1-0.
after getting two R1.2 million cheques,Santana will find an excuse to quit Bafana Bo-Majesa...he'll probably say ''only Jesus can coach Bafana Bo-Majesa,i've told them what to do and they just cant do it,i'm going back to Brazil'' hahahahah
posted: 09:07 pm
C'mon guys,

U aint ready for d world.
posted: 09:09 pm
Good Luck next time Bafana Bo-Majesa..After geting the second R1.3 million paycheque, Santa 'Clause' will say ''Bafana Bo-Majesa is not ready to compete internationally,I'm Going back to Brazil,Only Jesus can coach 'em...''
posted: 09:16 pm
hei wena majwaleng why are you vmaking such racket over our loss? your team might have drawn with ivory cost but who cares your the minors of african football,we might have lost but we will bouce back to compete in the afcon 2010 and world cup sucker.
posted: 09:31 pm
Hard luck boys! Bafana must learn the term "RESILIENT" or rather "the ability to bounce back". If you watch Euro 08 you will see how the best teams defend as a team by closing down the spaces and rushing the opposition. This is a terrible blow, but I believe Bafana will be strong come 2010 but the technical team needs to take risks by benching Mokeona and Sibaya and giving more game time to Old-John,Booth and roping in the services of Lucas Radebe as a defensive coach. My issue with Sibaya is that he is one-dimensional and has no plce in the modern game. With all his caps for Bafana how many goals does he have for the national team? All the players must contribute to defending and attacking and Sibaya does not fit the bill. Mokeona the less said the better.
posted: 09:42 pm
fabio, both South Africa and Bostwana are minnows in football.
posted: 09:46 pm
Lucas Radebe has to be roped in the technical team to get the defense sorted out. I've watched all of the big teams in Euro 08 and never have I seen a defender lunge at a striker in the box. It's forbidden BUT that message hasnt come across to BB players.Technically we need to play smarter and a lot for tougher as a team to break down. We are on the right track but the players and technical team has to WISE UP FAST!
posted: 09:57 pm
I hate to sound like a prophet of doom but when i refused to celebrate the win against Guinea last week, i must have come across as being difficult, i knew that our boys aren't not quite "there yet", i mean you allow a deflated NIgerian team to reduce you to minnows, then win against a small country like EG and expect us to celebrate like we've just won the world cup????? I say, let's wait till our boys can match the likes of Nigeria/Cameroon/Ghana, then we can say we've arrived, nuff said!!!!!
posted: 09:57 pm
What a shame to Banana Banana this one no be small thing this one na 3 point loss!!!
OMO naija go crunch this banana banana with Kelog's Corn Flakes in the return match....HHAHAHAHAH

NO long thing but we get something for the frontee!!!
hola ma feto!!!
posted: 10:06 pm

World class STRIKER with good attitude,loyalty and patriotism.Must have South African roots.


posted: 10:15 pm
Where is your local champion That one from pirates?his he not in that match?
i wonder what he does 2day
posted: 10:50 pm
Hey guys can I get an objective comment about this game as i'm in Zambia and would like to knowm a true reflection of this match
posted: 12:36 am
hi our small brothers sa, i heard what happen to your junior team sorry i mean your banana banana. sorry for the humiliation from your fellow war torn country. football is a game not a killing of people that's what you know best in africa. try to fix your house in order before pointing fingers to any person. up lift your now before it will be too late for your junior banana banana as you called your team. secondly change your national team names and the player's name to human name for you to have a head way in world soccer. UP UP SUPER i mean UP UP ALMIGHTY SUPER EAGLE. On your TV set tomorrow for your enjoyment from one and only team in africa THE SUPER SUPER EAGLE. Luv you NIGGER. Gunners for life. sorry little sa please don't cry because you havn't come of age in football
posted: 01:08 am
Basically the gamble by the technical department not to recall an experienced defender like Old-John and Booth back fired on the teams performance. With the Central defenders shaky and nerves the whole team was shaking.In a nut shell,LEADERSHIP was seriously lacking.Another problem I'm so to say is the lack of STRIKING QUALITY.Morriri left his boots at home missing about 4 chances. Howver the technical team did not see it fit to bring in the likes of Walaza.So why was he brought into the squad if not to play?
I think the technical team have a lot to answer for.
posted: 01:42 am
NO hard feelings Fabio,we used to go through that pain and heart ache in Botswana ten years ago ,but now its Bafana Bo-Majesa,we have strengthened our structures while you guys have fattened your bank accounts,we have invested knowledge and training in our players while you guys have invested pride and huge pay checks that only make your players go AWL,we have groomed our players to be determined and take pride in what they are doing while you guys have groomed superstars who want to be bigger than the ,game,coaches and the football association,i wish Bafana Bo-Majesa all the best,but they will need more than that,did you watch the game?mmmm Surprise Moriri seemed to have forgotten his scoring boots in Mamelodi East...lol...well yeah you're right on paper we are minors of African football while you guys your are SUPER POWERS of football on paper.History is nice isint it?but you only use it agaisnt other people,let me take you away from football a bit and educate you,i'm in another continent and far from home,i hear that you guys kill people because they are trespassing,intruding,but you guys forget one thing:
We are still where our forefathers left us over a century ago when our sub-continent endured a vicious cycle of poverty. In the last quarter of the 19th century, diamond and gold were discovered and exploited in Kimberley and the Witwatersrand respectively and the city of Johannesburg sprang up, thanks to the toils of our forefathers.
All roads led to South Africa. The profitability of the mines depended on cheap and unskilled labour from Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Mozambique. The exploitation of minerals made South Africa the economic giant of the region. Our forefathers toiled from dawn to dusk in the belly of South African earth to generate wealth for South Africa. Our forefathers built the city of Johannesburg when labour mobility was still permissible.

The influx of African job seekers in South Africa is not a new thing. Together our forefathers from diverse backgrounds laboured and endured the appalling living conditions in the mine compounds. But they lived and worked together in a spirit of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence. What has changed is that the present generation can no longer tolerate one another.
Today South Africa is still a regional powerhouse while many economies of neighbouring countries struggle as they did a century ago. Nothing has changed yet. The descendants of the creators of South African wealth are still trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty and all roads still lead to South Africa. The only thing that is changed is that it is no longer permissible for labour to move freely into South Africa. But it is now a crime for the descendants of the creators of South Africa's wealth to go there and ask for a fair share of the wealth bequeathed by their ancestors. The ancestors who built that wealth must be turning in their graves to see their sons and daughters butchering one another because of intolerance.
i rtest my case Fabio..you get my point either way..

posted: 02:04 am
Nigeria becareful,u're next...your soccer will also go down the draion if you dont watch out the money invested in,there has to be a balance between money expenditure and grass roots development,you can have the best sponsors and mouth watering paychecks but if you dont invest in the legs, of your players,the right way,at the right time,you're always going to produce a breed of flops who wont last for ever,they will get carried away by the glitz and glamour that they are not fit for,who respects SAFA this days?who respects coaches this days?ask the Axe Mbazo,does wearing Bafna Bafana jersey mean what it meant when he was first introduced by JOmo Sono in 1998?do you have pleayers who will sweat blood like Lucas Radebe did all his playing years?do you produce palayers who can handle fame,riches and success like the invincible Doctor Khumalo and Shoes Moshoe?do you have disciplined and determined players like Mike Fish who wore the Bafana Bafana jersey with pride and commitment?do you have dedicated and extremely disciplined workerholics like Phil Masinga and Eric Tinkler? can ythe present be moulded into playing together as a unit as the underpaid but succesful class of 96?wel the answer is no,it all goes down to have your players are raised this days,football is not just about playing 90 minutes,its about what you do on and off the field...NIgeria watch out,dont allow sponsors like Rothmans to sponsor your leagues,dont allow Enyimba fc to be bigger than the Super Eagles like Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are,Bafana Bo-majesa have deeper problems than Fabio thinks,it goes down to attitude and main focus,if you guys just want to make SA soccer rich,then that's okay,you're doing good on that part,but in terms of results,no way,players have to be honoured to play for SA again,think of what it meant to play for SA for David Nyathi,Jerry Sikhosana,Helman Mkhalele,ERic September,John Moeti etc,does it mean the same thing to Skapie Malatsi,U mango Steve, Majalweng Malhangu,Patric Mbuthu etc?
posted: 03:04 am
hey south Africa try and learn from your elders...especially Nigeria..you know we love you and will always be ready to teach you...this game called soccer.no matter what i know Nigeria soccer still stand as the best in Africa.but hope C A F should watch out for the likes of Malawi, Gabon..for Egypt its just how best they know cause Egypt must take england as an example don't always give allay the support you have other good clubs..they deserve your support too..it serve you better if you miss the world cup again.
posted: 07:18 am
I'm lost for words, how can Bafana employ the defending tactics in the first half and only to start attacking in the second half, surely we dug our own grave, I'm starting to smell danger here i bet if Bafana Bafana qualify for Afcon, soccer gods will be South Africans. Can someone remind our national team that its only group winners that are guaranteed to go to the next phase of 20 teams that will be fighting for a place in the joint world cup/Afcon qualifiers, at the moment we have to fight for the 8 best runners up so this means 4 runners up will miss out to go to the next phase of qualifiers. On a positive note about what we should do is
1. We collect six points out of Nigeria and Leone Stars games to be played here at home, we must beat Leone Stars by 5 or 6 nil, and beat Nigeria by 2 nil.
2.We should go to E. Guinea and get a point, this is a must, non negotiable otherwise we bounce out.
3.We hope in other groups like example, Egypt; DRC; Malawi; Djibouti -the first 3 teams don't end up with 12 points each because their number 3(who occupies position three) will be having more points than Bafana Bafana who are (presume) going to end with 10 points, (hopefully South Africa should have followed the steps above).
4. Finally, bring back Siyabonga Nomvete, he is the type of player we are lacking at the moment, the guy who can take players on, we all know that Nomvete is a forcefully striker, and he has been getting game time at his team this season unlike his team mate Tso vilakazi.

Wake up Bafana Bafana, we know u can do it for all of us PROUDLY CITIZENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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