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Bafana Bafana beat Kenya in international friendly

Posted: 16 October 2012 Time: 19:55

It took an own-goal to secure victory, but Bafana Bafana eventually got the job done against a plucky Kenyan side in an international friendly in Nairobi.

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The South Africans led at the break through Tokelo Rantie, but Kenya equalised from the spot through Dennis Oliech. However, an own-goal from Christopher Wekesa proved the decisive moment of the match.

Bafana should have been two goals to the good before the opening goal, with Siphiwe Tshabalala missing a sitter from six yards out, before Rantie skewed a drive wide when ‘Shabba’ partially cleared cross fell at his feet on the edge of the area.

However, the Swedish-based striker made no mistake on 20 minutes, expertly finishing past goalkeeper Origi after a great pass from Lerato Chabangu.

Nine minute later and Rantie almost had another – his clever take from a throw-in saw him beat one defender, but his shot was straight at the Kenyan number one.

Rantie had another chance on 38 minutes, but his long-range header lacked the pace to trouble the goalkeeper.

Kenya thought they had a penalty just before the break when their striker went down under a challenge from Siyabonga Sangweni, but the referee adjudged it a dive instead and booked the player for simulation.

Bafana were forced into an early change when Sifiso Myeni came on for a ‘dizzy’ Tshabalala at the start of the second half – a half which was very scrappy to start with an lacked the intensity of the first 45.

The first real chance came on the hour-mark when Dino Ndlovu, who had just come on for Tokelo Rantie, hit the post from close-range after a goalmouth scramble from Ricardo Nunes’ corner-kick.

Two minutes later and Dean Furman was at the end of a nice build-up, but his shot from the edge of the area hardly troubled the goalie.

Then, on 72 minutes, Kenya equalised from the penalty spot through Dennis Oliech, who converted after Bongani Khumalo was blown up for hand-ball.

However, the lead lasted but three minutes as Kenyan centre-back Christopher Wekesa headed into his own net from Bernard Parker’s ball across the face of goal.

The hosts pushed hard for an equaliser, with substitute Orito missing a free header with 10 minutes to go, while Bafana had a lucky escape when Wayne Sandilands flapped at the ball, but it went out for a goal-kick instead.

Kenya starting XI: Origi, Asike, Kokoyo, Mandela, Wekesa, Wanyama, Osiako, Opiyo, Kahata, Oliech, Kemboi

Subs used: Wafula, Timbe, Monday, Arita, Situma

SA starting XI: Sandilands, Nthethe, Sangweni, Khumalo, Nunes, Chabangu, Furman, Dikgacoi, Tshabalala, Parker, Rantie

Subs used: Myeni, Ndlovu, Manyisa, Fransman

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Previous comments on this story...

Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 07:57 pm
Tough away game especially after the trip from Europe,packed stadium and the pitch conditions were not ideal but Im happy with the result.Cowmalo almost lost us the game but we recovered. The only complaint I have Gordon is that he played King Sangweni for 90minutes in both games, he needs some rest otherwise its a work in progress.

Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 07:58 pm
For the record, Parcow DID NOT SCORE
posted: 08:02 pm
We shud start 2 kill dis small teams while we on da paddle adawise tough away game nd we managed 2 win tanx 2 Tokelo nd Bernad, shabba is finished.
Nespray is a movie star look alike coach
posted: 08:02 pm

Bafana Ba-Pirates didnt win wth ease mr editor

Kenya Chiefs namba 12 Siphiwe Shabalala gave Nthethe a tough time on the right wing

Stuat Buxta blundad by substituting the on song Nyawana wth Kingston Nkatha

weldone done Rantie, weldone Sangweni...Manyisa, your presence on the bench made all the diference
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 08:02 pm
Better game for Bafana,,, Things look promising if this game is anything to go by..!!
posted: 08:03 pm
Cowmalo is a real cow with a horns.Im not impresed with defenders nd defensive midlefieders.Kompela was a right man 2coach BB not this mlungu.
Gucci Man
posted: 08:05 pm
Didn't see that much talked about player skinning the Kenyans.....
He couldn't even skin an off-side nyana ke
posted: 08:06 pm
Dennis Oliech said in his post-match interview, “we were playing an experienced south african side.”

Obviously he did not get the script. Last Friday Bajaiva Bafunny were still going through a learning phase. They are still a learning team even though 3/4 of the squad played in the world cup
Nespray is a movie star look alike coach
posted: 08:06 pm

Kenyas soccer is improving judging from wat i saw...

their striker Bennet Pacow can play in any ligue in ethiopia, be it a 1st division or an amateur ligue

their no.10 simphiwe Nyaoza was very impresive...thats y he is playing abroad for Notingham Forest
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 08:07 pm
What a great goal by TK Rantie,,, The guy is a rare breed but he needs to work on his stamina as he seemed to tire after the half-time..!!
posted: 08:08 pm
Very one is happy for BB! But am asking, is this the best we can do? The big guyz are coming next year... I feel we still have a long way to go.... Happy... Happy for the boys.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 08:08 pm
Well done boys....well done Gordon....
El Sol
posted: 08:09 pm
'the current idea is 2 watch as many players as possible' -Gordon Igesund, this guy is a say'er not a do'er, mayb hes only gud @ avoiding relegation period. Bongane Khumalo& Kagisho Dikcacoi are cows by nature, i 4 one think ANDILE JALI& DEAN FURMAN can make a great midfield pair, lastly dat Dino guy is yet 2kick a ball neva mind takin a shot en GI stil believes in him*bullsh_t
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 08:12 pm
Lets not be harsh fellows and call Gordon names, yes he does make some questionable decisions like this one of Nunes, I mean the guy does not even know the national anthem and he's not even that good. Having said that though Gordon is a good coach and he will learn from his mistakes, lets just give him time coz he's our best hope for AFCON.

In G.I we trust
Nespray is a movie star look alike coach
posted: 08:13 pm

Kenya missed Baroka FC goal minder..Itumeleng Khune

Bafana Ba-Pirates must continue wre they left off today, we are preparing our troops for the 2nd star.

Kenya squad consisted of 9 playas from the biggest team in Kenya...Kenya Chiefs. with only the goalkiper coming from their closest rivals in Kenya...Mamedidi Sundowns

Simphiwe Nyaoza is playing overseas, he was signed outright by Notingham Forest in January
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 08:13 pm
As long as Gordon can speedily get rid of remaining Pitso failures he will succeed,,, today's game served as testimony to that..!!!
Gucci Man
posted: 08:14 pm
Lerato Chabangu.....should be playing for Amabeneplaas
Dino Ndlovu..............should just go back to Israel and continue making headlines there. I don't see anything special about this dude.
George Lebese.......doesn't deserve to wear Bafana Bafana jersey unless he goes to Totalsports buy his own gear. Even though he didn't play tonight but he should improve at club level. He still on track at club level not national team...no,.no
Siphiwe Tshabalala.........needs a rest
Sifiso Myeni.........too soon , nothing can justify his inclusion in our national team
Moeneeph Josephs......will always be a benchwarmer until Julius Malema becomes a president of SA.
posted: 08:15 pm
Nespray is a movie star look alike coach

I was equally impressed by Kenya's rising stars Simphiwe 'Nyawana' Tshabalala and Bernard 'I got panty' Parcow. Nthethe was under pressure throughout the first 45 minutes. Pressure eased on him when Nyawana was substituted due to DIZZINESS. We owe much to dizziness or else we could've easily lost that game. South Africa's chances of winning the game increased dramatically when this dangerous man was substituted
Gucci Man
posted: 08:17 pm
Oupa Manyisa ...........is also not a national material, Amabeneplaas is a much better level for him
Nespray is a movie star look alike coach
posted: 08:18 pm

Gorden de Klerk remains a racist...de army of Colonel Mandela wil expose him

in Khoza we trust...RDS is the chosen one
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