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Zambia beat South Africa in Nelson Mandela Challenge

Posted: 14 November 2012 Time: 21:56

South Africa will have a lot of soul-searching to do before the Africa Cup of Nations after a very disappointing 1-0 Nelson Mandela Challenge defeat to Zambia at Soccer City on Wednesday night.

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Collins Mbesuma scored the only goal of the game just past the hour-mark, but it was a well below par performance from Gordon Igesund’s team – one that will have the nation worried just two months before the continental tournament.

It promised so much in the beginning though, with Bafana Bafana racing out of the blocks and Ricardo Nunes’ third-minute free-kick forcing a good block from Kennedy Mweene.

Five minutes later and Bernard Parker shot inches over from 20 yards out, before Zambia came into the game – Isaac Chansa stinging Itumeleng Khune’s hands after a mazy run which left two defenders in his wake.

Jacob Mulenga came closest on 17 minutes; his free-kick beating Khune, but also the upright by a matter of inches.

Bafana then suffered a blow when Tokelo Rantie was stretchered off on 27 minutes, replaced by Katlego Mashego.

Lerato Chabangu had his shot on the half-hour hit the roof of the net after a short-corner routine, but thereafter the game descended into a scrap which saw three players pick up yellow cards.

Bafana started the second half well, with Mshego having two half-chances early on which both sailed over.

However, it was Zambia who were to find the back of the net on 64 minutes – and a cracker it was! After some patient build-up play, substitute Mbesuma found himself with half-a-yard of space on the edge of the box, and his left-footed thunderbolt left Khune with no chance.

Ten minutes later and Chipolopolo almost made it two when Thabo Nthethe missed a cross and the ball fell to James Chamanga, but the former Moroka Swallows man could not react quick enough from six yards out.

Bafana had two decent chances soon afterwards – first Thuso Phala, making his debut from the bench, had his deflected shot acrobatically tipped over the bar by Mweene, before Kermit Erasmus, off balance, headed over after the Free State Stars goalie missed a corner.

Mbesuma had a very strong penalty appeal waved away late on, while Mweene produced an excellent save to deny Erasmus in the dying seconds, but the African champions were well worth the victory.

Bafana starting XI: Khune - Nthethe, Ngcongca, Khumalo, Nunes – Furman (Buckley 80th), Dikgacoi (Letsholonyane 64th) – Myeni (Phala 52nd), Parker (Erasmus 46th), Chabangu (Modise 73rd) – Rantie (Mashego 27th)

Zambia starting XI: Mweene, Musonda, Himoonde, Nkausu (Mbola 55th), Sunzu, Sinkala, Lungu (Njobvu (77th), J. Mulenga (Mbesuma 46th), Chansa (M Mulenga 60th), C. Katongo (Sakuwaha 60th), Mayuka (Chamanga 69th)

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Previous comments on this story...

El Kampion
posted: 09:58 pm
December 8

Same stadium

Same player (Mbesuma) against

Same goalkeeper (Khune)

Same posts

Same time in a game

Kuzonyiwa strong

The Chiefs ref tried to cheat Zambia but it didn’t work, let the dogs bark
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 09:58 pm
Bafana BaChiefs!
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 09:58 pm
Mxm, ilayekile le Bafana
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 09:58 pm
Lol Mzansi no1 Mbesumad lol
Sgoloza82 *Golden Champ*
posted: 10:00 pm
Eish we nt gonna here da end of dis 4rom orlando rats!!!
posted: 10:00 pm
Kompela we need u not this clueless coach.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:00 pm
Call him Mum Ruby at your own peril, I cant wait for Dec 8
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 10:00 pm
Hai Khune!!!
posted: 10:01 pm
Ke Ja Joy..... Shapa Ntofontofo until Igesund gets rid of his favourite average players in our national team...... Ke ja joy
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 10:01 pm
Gordon Ingasende will take SA nowhere with this countering the counter system......that's kaiser chimpanzees tendency
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 10:02 pm
i give up
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 10:02 pm
Well done to Zambia......This a good team..
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:02 pm
We are not going to go pass the first round
posted: 10:03 pm
On the 8th Mbesuma will meet a different set of defenders....... Coming to the game,,,, the best team won. If Parker was not injured we could be talking something different
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 10:03 pm
IIt could have been worse if Nyawane played.....
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 10:03 pm
Mbesuma jst gave the highlights on whats coming on the 8th of Dec. I like it!
posted: 10:05 pm
Cowmalo nd ntethe they dont deserv 2play for BB
posted: 10:06 pm
Indeed Bafana Bafana were poor. In fact they were VERY poor. Until our boys realize that soccer is not a beauty contest where the girl with the most charming smile and elegant steps wins it we are going nowhere.

Truth be told Zambia's football is not nice to the eye. To be blunt their football is not beautiful and attractive to watch yet they play a productive style of football. On the other hand our boys still believe in nice touches that produces fokol. Shame.
A Pirate from Orlando
posted: 10:06 pm
This is what happens when you select cows and ignore the Champs. I wonder which team the scorer of that goal plays for. Please help with the answer.
posted: 10:08 pm
Gr8 game indeed.GI y nt startng wt Modise & leave Kagisho on bench.Hard lucky Mzansi usishayile uMbesuma & Khine cz stars cumng.
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