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23/03/2013 20:15

Bafana get vital win against CAR

Thabo Matlaba and Bernard Parker scored to give Bafana Bafana a 2-0 win over Central African Republic in their 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier

Posted: 23 March 2013 Time: 10:14 pm

Bafana Bafana managed to grab three points in their World Cup qualifier against the Central African Republic by beating them 2-0 at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.

For a gallery of the match action CLICK HERE!

A 33rd minute strike by Thabo Matlaba opened South Africa’s account, while a second half finish from Bernard Parker secure the win and their first ever win the Mother City.

For a video of Matlaba's goal CLICK HERE!

In defence, the new central partnership between Morgan Gould and Thabo Nthethe was put to the test, while Tekolo Rantie and Bernard Parker were expected to produce the goals.

CLICK HERE for our 2014 World Cup qualifier site to get the latest results and tables.

Despite the bullish start from the Central African Republic, the hosts were the one to create the first attack when Renielwe Letsholonyane supplied a ball into the box for Rantie.

The Malmo strike only has Geoffrey Lembet in goals to beat but it seemed as if the occasions got the better of him when he sliced his effort round the far post, six minutes in.

Four minutes later and Bafana Bafana threatened again, with a beautiful ball supplied by Dean Furman into the box, however, Rantie’s effort once again lacked the direction as his volley sailed over the cross bar.

CAR started to gain momentum 20 minutes into the fixture, and it was their talisman Foxi who forced Itumeleng Khune into making a fantastic save from his powerful strike 20-yards out.

In the build up to the game Igesund admitted he was pleased that all the areas in his line-up were able to find the back of the net and a goal once again from his backline.

This time it was Thabo Matlaba who supplied the moment of sheer brilliance, with a whipped ball which cleanly sailed into the top right corner to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage just after the half hour.

South Africa where then hit with a mighty blow, ten minutes later, when their midfield warrior Dean Furman had to be replaced by Kagisho Dikgacoi after suffering a blow to his eye.

CAR nearly pulled a goal back after the restart, when Josue Balamandji curled a set-piece into the box, which forced Khune to stretch out a hand and make the save.

Moments later and the visitors thought they had found themselves level when Balamandji put the ball into the back of the net; however, following a series of protestations by the hosts, the goal was rightly ruled out for handball.

Then Lembet was called into action for the Central African Republic, as he got a hand to May Mahlangu’s shot which bounced up and hit the crossbar, just after the hour mark.

Lady Luck seemed to favour the hosts on the evening, as they increased their lead to 2-0 with 20 minutes to go from a left footed strike by Bernard Parker, who just beat the offside calling.

South Africa did well to hold onto their 2-0 lead to take home the three points and move one step closer to qualifying for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

But they could have scored a lot more goals had Tshabalala, Mahlangu and Rantie brought their scoring boots.

South Africa: Khune, Ngcongca, Nthethe, Gould, Matlaba, Furman (Dikacoi 44’), Letsholoyane, Mahlangu, Phala (Tshabalala 57’), Rantie (Manyisa 65’), Parker

Central African Republic: Lembet, Youga, Keita, E. Enza-Yamissi, Lignanzi (Mabide 52’), Balamandji, Foxi, Anzite, M. Enza-Yamissi (Kassai 83’), Manga (Momi 65’), Auzingoni Zimbori

CLICK HERE for our 2014 World Cup qualifier site to get the latest results and tables.

Previous comments on this story...

El Kampion
posted: 10:16 pm
Khune-Well done, is see why Eeemza Wa Lekgosha says you are the best ball “DISYTRIBUTER OF THE BALL IN EARTH”

Thabo Matlaba-istaela nemali, he is indeed a Galaxy

Yeye- this creature is dead dead dead,what a useless soul he is in the national team

Mahlangu-learn to release the ball in time

Shabba- you made my night, is the anyone who still dispute that he got a chocolate foot?
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:16 pm
I said I want to go to Brazil....!!
El Kampion
posted: 10:17 pm
Khune-Well done, is see why Eeemza Wa Lekgosha says you are the best ball “DISYTRIBUTER IN EARTH”

Thabo Matlaba-istaela nemali, he is indeed a Galaxy

Yeye- this creature is dead dead dead,what a useless soul he is in the national team

Mahlangu-learn to release the ball in time

Shabba- you made my night, is the anyone who still dispute that he got a chocolate foot?
rodzeen4buckz
posted: 10:17 pm
another o.p striker helped zebras to win the game......im hapie
pirates 4 life
posted: 10:17 pm
Nice 1 by Bafana,we're marching 2 Brazil
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:17 pm
Has Gordon been reading our posts...? 2nd half I saw remnants of the false-9 we've been discussing Champs.... 
ChiefsManiac
posted: 10:18 pm
A C.A.R Crashed in Cape Town Stadium!! #AbafanaBajabulile# via Gold&BlackBerry
El Kampion
posted: 10:19 pm
Morgan Gould, more of a rugby player than a football player,mxm....Mathoho is better than eliKhehla
NO STRESS AMAKHOSI ATHUKUTHELE ABT TAU
posted: 10:20 pm
I have no comment,i will wait for rats fans to comment.Its usualy dogs bark @night
Shukza
posted: 10:21 pm
well done Bafana bafana, it could have been more...
k2-wa 5 skippas
posted: 10:21 pm
Lol gr8 game, 4-6 formation, I guess we don't need strikers, ders no defender that can play like Matlaba, Left back, right back, left win and he can also score, wow!
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:21 pm
The day championship players in this country are given the respect they deserve the better for the country...

Thabo Matlaba... High-Risk-High-Reward.... Dankie... Soooo Delicious..!

Yeye was almost delicious... shout-out...

Thabo Nthete.... Silence is Golden.... Oooh Yesss... Sooo delicious.... Khoza I'll repeat, take out the cheque book for this man....
Gould...? Erratic... Waffer & Nuts yena.... Hai kona...

 I said that want to go to Brazil....!
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 10:21 pm
as a khosi fan ,im not ashamed to admit wat shabba did was amateurish and stupid. Why not stretch ur ryt leg wena sphiwe?? all the players were casual until the last 8 minutes wher they probably rememberd mbombela gate back in 2011 were they wer dancing like hell thinking they qualified and den getting ###### over by that head-to-head rule. Eish ,if only they converted those chances ,we wouldnt have to worry about the head-to-head thing against CAR. But atleast its a moral boosting win.
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 10:22 pm
Maar Pierats fans ke mesono feela neh?
Gold & Black Rhino
posted: 10:22 pm
Dankie Thabo Matlaba, Dankie Paker & Dankie Die Mense Van Kaapstad. Not Taking Away Anything from Matlaba, But My Man of the Match is Itumeleng Khune. Viva Bafana Bafana Viva.....
Champ Msholozi
posted: 10:23 pm
Hey lamagundwane abhokile mann
ChiefsManiac
posted: 10:23 pm
A Standing-Ovation for a player who's using ONLY 1 foot!! Wow,it must b a magical foot!! Shapa Shaba Shaapaaa!!! #K4L#
pirates 4 life
posted: 10:23 pm
@Rodzeen do u know what a national team is?
Bafana kit doesn't have hollard or vodacom on it,WAKE UP DUDE
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 10:23 pm
Congrats Bafana for a good win but I was not impressed. We shud have won this match 6-0. My overall impression is as follows;

1. Yes Matlaba scored a good goal but he played rubbish. How he was made MoM is beyond me.
2. Thuso Phala is a very useless player without football brains. This guy must never be called up for national duty.
El Kampion
posted: 10:23 pm
Ace.....Ruud Gullit talked about this player and IDIOT fans hated on him...he masters the game of football

Phala...mxm
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