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Posted: 19 January 2013 Time: 17:29

The opening match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations between South Africa and Cape Verde Islands at Soccer City was one to forget as it finished in a goalless draw. 

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In was a game the capacity crowd would want to forget as soon as possible as it lacked any quality, with neither side being able to string together meaningful passes or create much in terms of scoring chances.

The hosts had an early chance to take the lead – Thuso Phala won a free-kick on the right and Siphiwe Tshabalala whipped in a curling effort, but Bernard Parker could not steer his near-post header on target.

On 13 minutes there was another chance for Bafana when they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area, but Shabba’s shot was a tame one and went straight into the arms of goalkeeper Vozinha.

Then the half’s best chance. South Africa’s shaky defence was found out prior to the tournament, and it showed no signs of improvement when Babanco’s through-ball put Platini one-on-one with Itumeleng Khune, but he dragged his shot woefully wide.

Nerves were showing on both sides and chances were few and far between as a result of misplaced passes and the wet conditions, but Cape Verde had one more opportunity towards the end of the half after Bafana failed to deal with a corner, but Mendes fired over from a tight angle.

Lerato Chabangu came on for Kagisho Dikgacoi at the start of the second half, and he immediately tried to make an impact with an audacious bicycle kick, but the connection was poor.

Then, on 58 minutes, the closest Bafana came to a goal. Lehlohonolo Majoro ran onto a long ball and cut inside to feed Parker. The ball was taken off his feet but fell to Tshabalala, but his shot was bravely saved by the keeper.

The game then descended into a scrap of note as both teams showed a lack of quality and ability to adapt to the wet conditions, but Cape Verde did have one more good opportunity with 15 minutes to go. Some more poor defending allowed Heldon with a diving header, but Khune managed to tip the ball around the corner.

Thabo Matlaba had one last effort towards the end of the match when he was teed up by Chabangu, but it was deflected wide. From the resulting corner, Khumalo headed over – a great chance missed yet again.

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Previous comments on this story...

Mphoza83
posted: 05:33 pm
Let da games begin.. Bafana 3 Verde 0.. Bafana rekaofela.....Up da bucs!
Nipsy
posted: 05:35 pm
Reclaiming the African Glory begins now.
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 05:38 pm
Bafana 2 Verde 1
STRESSFREE IS A REAL KHOSI
posted: 05:40 pm
Bafana x2 wil win by 4 goals to nil
Khosi Rebuild 2012/2013
posted: 05:40 pm
I'm pretty xo that Major Majoro is going to score
moletemmolelo
posted: 05:45 pm
Simphiwe ba phethe ka ntlha ya pele.
chiff nwokeoma
posted: 05:45 pm
does anyone has a website to watch this match on the internet pls?
moletemmolelo
posted: 05:46 pm
Bafanaa Bafana sa nkena. South Afrika re ya kena. 3 - 0
Naturena born killer
posted: 05:57 pm
The moment has arrived boys, go out there and make us proud. Remember, the nation is behind you.
Nkosi sikelela ifrika. Damn, I'm proud to be a South African.

Hauweeeeeeeeeng!
Azyd
posted: 06:05 pm
It wont b a easy victory 4 bafana bafana
Akpaamu
posted: 06:15 pm
http://www.frombar.tv/c-1.html
deBuc
posted: 06:25 pm
Hauweng Bafana Bafana hauweng
True Fuckn Player.
posted: 06:34 pm
20 mins hv passed stil not promisin
one man gang
posted: 06:39 pm
So far the loud mouthed South Africans are not able to match their cape verden opponents. Shame on them.
True Fuckn Player.
posted: 06:44 pm
I quit hope lost
El Sol
posted: 06:54 pm
Not a good 1st half showing, so much doof-doof style of play & the ref is not helping the situation..hope they come back a better side second half..#SuideAfrika
Speaker
posted: 06:57 pm
Looks like the RSA are not happy........hmmmm
Amabuza
posted: 06:58 pm
We have been outplayed ....
daba
posted: 06:58 pm
I like south africans...but their team has never been good enough for the last decade....I hope they make it past the group stage but just don't see it happening ...
Nipsy
posted: 07:00 pm
Phala, Ngcongca, KG are no where to be seen. Matlaba great game so far. In short our right hand side is dead and YeYe is alone in midfield, Manyisa can assist YeYe in the midfield.

Never take off the Major himself until he scores because he is not done until he scores.

Hauweeeeng banna. Don't allow yourselves to play under pressure.
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