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Norway beat South Africa 1-0 at Cape Town Stadium

Posted: 8 January 2013 Time: 22:25

South Africa's build-up to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations were dealt a huge blow following a 1-0 friendly defeat to Norway at Cape Town Stadium.

Tarik Elyounoussi scored the match’s only goal in the first half, but the hosts would be disappointed by the number of chances they missed.

Bafana tested the Norwegian backline for the first time in the 16th minute when Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s visionary pass found Katlego Mphela. The Sundowns striker expertly turned his defender, but his shot was weak and goalkeeper Rune Almenning Jarstein saved with his feet.

Nine minutes later the visitors threatened the hosts’ defence when Bjorn Helge Riise fired a stinging shot from outside of the box which Itumeleng Khune parried.

Mphela was again denied by Jarstein when his header was parried away for a corner in the 36 minute – just a few seconds after Thuso Phala’s mesmerising run almost found the Sundowns man on the goalline.

But the Cape Town Stadium would go into silence when the Norwegians took the lead through some individual skill and an expert finish from Elyounoussi, who beat two defenders before firing an unstoppable shot past Itumeleng Khune.

In the 55th minute the South Africans were denied an equaliser when a counter-attack led by Phala nearly came to fruition. He released Tokelo Rantie, whose shot was saved by the keeper from close range. The rebound fell to Phala, but his effort was cleared off the line.

In the 83rd minute Phala - who had been a menace for the visiting defence in the second half - could only blast his shot over the bar from close range after Rantie’s initial shot was saved by the goalie.

So the 35 000 fans at Cape Town Stadium go home unhappy, but Gordon Igesund will take heart from the chances created – and hope the goals will come in Saturday’s friendly against Algeria at Orlando Stadium.

Bafana line-up against Norway: Itumeleng Khune, Tshepo Masilela, Bongani Khumalo, Siyabonga Sangweni, Anele Ngcongca (Lehlohonolo Majoro 87), Lerato Chabangu (Bernard Parker 53), Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Kagisho Dikgacoi (May Mahlangu 69), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Thulani Serero 56), Thuso Phala, Katlego Mphela (Tokelo Rantie 46)

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Previous comments on this story...

2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:27 pm
I rather lose the game 5-4 than losing the game 1-0. Gordon Igesund while he was still coaching Manning Rangers.
posted: 10:28 pm
Hey SA people please support Zambia and you wont be disappointed!
Masters of Transion football
posted: 10:28 pm
The Khumalo-Sangweni partnership is a liability to Bafana Bafana & the nation as a whole.
Masters of Transion football
posted: 10:30 pm
TThe Khumalo-Sangweni partnership is a liability to Bafana Bafana & the nation as a whole.
kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 10:30 pm
boys played well ,very unlucky to lose the game....we are going to win this thing..is not like Norway was on top of us just that they did take their chances and pack the bus
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 10:31 pm
Great turnout from the Cape Town faithfull, rallying behind the team. I'm sorry to say this has been the story of Bafana Bafana for as long as I can remember, they create all the chances but can't finish them. Not good enough really, just feel sorry for the poor crowd. Support Bafana and you are guaranteed heartache
Masters of Transion football
posted: 10:32 pm
YEYE ke MODIMO wa Soccer
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 10:32 pm
Gordon Giqasende quotes:

"Serero is the Messi of SA football." (Kuphi khona? A disgrace to the Ballon d'or winner)
"I've had a good 'headache' selecting the best players." (Usangene izinqa wena Gordon)
"I've selected based on experience." (Cows with over 50 caps beaten by small boys from Norway who were making their international debuts)

Fikile Mbalula and other SABC commentators say, "Yes, we believe! This is our dream team. There are positives we can take from this game." (Ha! More like iphupho lezi dalwa! Positives? Stop farting lana!)

Akuna team lana! Akuna masoja; unless you refering to a smoker's sperms! Akuna qembu either; just umqwebu!!!

Up The Bucs... #FriendsOfNorway
posted: 10:34 pm
Like Thuso Phala said we need to take positive out of this game. This is a wake up call for Bongani and Siyabonga they were taken to cleaners by the scorer but hey we are aware of your strengths boys. In Bafana we trust siyekeni silandele izwe lethu singabaseMzantsi thina akujiki.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:34 pm
Leave the Pirates players alone you fools we told you we don't support Bafana BaChimps. I wish Dr Khoza could withdraw all the Pirates players from this useless team.
kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 10:34 pm
wonder what this Pirates supporters will say after sangweni committed the school by error
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 10:34 pm
Dikgacoi is useless, AJ deserves to be there. Thuso played very well hats off my man, you proved me wrong. Come on boys improve and do it for the nation
posted: 10:34 pm
Sangweni, Sangweeni,Sangweni! He costed us against Malawi n today. For how long are we gonna here this phrase "we played really well". Great game from Thuso Phala, Yeye and Masilela. If we can't beat the under 20 national team, how are we gonna fare against strong African oppositions.
posted: 10:34 pm
tl..tl..tl..tl.. feel sorry for de Cape townians.

we are not against Bafana but dat Boer 's really Mphela fit for Bafana?

well prepared Algeria will trash dis weakest Bafana by heavy score come saterday, Am stil saying 60% of current Bafana players doesn't deserve to be der.
posted: 10:35 pm
Let's not ignore the following

- we lost to a in-expirince Norway team
- 8 players wher getting the 1st cap with Norway
- weather conditions wher against them in CT
- they wher playing against our best team, a team that played in the 2010WC
- this was Norway's B team stream.

Now people will undertand what we mean when we say we refuse to support mediocrity.

What a tactical awareness by the Norway coach, very structurally discipline.

Gordon u have failed the nation
gotze p2
posted: 10:35 pm
sangweni nisdlisile madoda

phala excellent game

i bet if the major got those chnces he wud hv buried em, hawu sangweni slipped at a crucial moment n we gt punished i dnt really like pointing fingers bt sya really had a shocker of a game hope ul improve boss.

Yeye is the best midfield player we have at the moment ngyayvuma leyandoda ukth udlala nedindi nje. Thank u to the ppl of cape town let us continue to support our national team.
posted: 10:36 pm
Same old story. Lot's of ball possession, lots of missed chances and in the end an undeserved loss.

I eat humble pie with Thuso Phala. I was skeptical of this guy being called to the national team. I now call for him to start in our opening game against CV. The boy is a hard worker and just need to work on his decision making.

Hopefully Piratets fans will not come here and celebrate our loss because it is their player Sangweni who cost us the match.

The Dream
posted: 10:36 pm
I wonder which game people were watching cause the goal was scored in front of Gorilla Yeye failing to close down the man and as for Masilela he's just a cow the guy was nowhere to be seen when Bafunny Bafunny were defending but he was see hiding away from marking as the goal was score he was busy backing off towards the corner flank thus exposing other defender stupid cow
posted: 10:36 pm
A Pirate from Orlando
posted: 10:36 pm
Hehehe, ke Bafana ba Chiefs...they never disappoint!
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