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Posted: 7 September 2013 Time: 13:30

South Africa did everything required of them as they hammered Botswana 4-1 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, but Ethiopia’s victory against Central African Republic means the 2014 World Cup dream is over.

Kermit Erasmus and Dean Furman scored in the first half and Bernard Parker netted a brace after the break,  but ultimately it was all to no avail.

The hosts started off like a team with something to prove and completely dominated their opponents in the opening exchanges.

Kagisho Dikgacoi came close twice in the space of seconds as he broke through from midfield and forced Kabelo Dambe into a double save – the second a great one-handed effort from close-range.

On 18 minutes Siphiwe Tshabalala came close with a free-kick which just shaved the crossbar, but the goal did eventually come just before the half-hour mark. Parker’s flick-on from a corner was headed in at the far-post by Erasmus for his first senior goal for his country.

Three minutes later and Dambe was again at his best to deny Parker with a diving one-handed save after Tokelo Rantie had found the Kaizer Chiefs man unmarked in the box.

That second goal did eventually come though when, in injury time, Furman ran onto Parker’s brilliant through-ball and shot across the keeper and into the back of the net.

So at halftime everything was going Bafana’s way as CAR were also leading Ethiopia 1-0.

The South Africans started the second half with the same intensity as they ended the first, but gradually the Zebras were starting to find their feet.

However, in Congo it was going pearshaped as Ethiopia first equalised and then took the lead. And to add to Bafana’s woes, Botswana then scored through Jerome Ramatlhakwane – a fine header after getting the better of Bongani Khumalo.

Bafana hit back with two goals in quick succession – both from Parker. The first was a beautiful free-kick after a foul on the edge of the area, and the second a penalty after substitute Daine Klate was brought down.

However, there was to be no joy for Gordon Igesund in Congo as Ethiopia hung on for the win – the points dropped earlier in the campaign coming back to haunt Bafana …

Bafana starting XI: Khune, Ngcongca, Khumalo, Nthethe, Matlaba, Dikgacoi (Jali 66th), Tshabalala (Klate 88th), Furman, Parker, Rantie, Erasmus (Zungu 57th)

Botswana starting XI: Dambe, Motlhabankwe, Gabonamong, Thuma, Olerile, Mogorosi, Nato, Mothatego, Ngele, Moyana, Ramatlhakwana

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posted: 01:40 pm
Supa bucca
posted: 01:41 pm
Nxa Y cowbalala wena cowrdon
posted: 01:42 pm
Better play Parker as an up coming striker,Rantie and Erasmus will do the job,Tshabalala need to be replaced by DK7 on the second half
posted: 01:44 pm
Win for bafana 4-0
posted: 01:45 pm
what about sub
posted: 01:47 pm
K.G n furman is a bit diffensive but am happy with everything good luck guys we all behind you!!
Queen 2the Chiefs
posted: 01:48 pm
Our centre backs ne!!! We'll just have to wait and see,Nthethe has not played a Celtic game without conceding

Furman and KG are both defensive,hope KG attacks more

+ Matlaba packs a mean shot
Matt/ 2.0
posted: 01:49 pm
My question stands; why aren't we getting feeds on the Ethiopia game?

Up The Bucs...
posted: 01:49 pm
Go Botswana!! Go Ethiopia!!
posted: 01:53 pm
Noma singawina okusalayo I Thiopia izowina so?
posted: 01:55 pm
I thought u will play with one defensive midlefielder. If we lose today de coach must step down and today we r not building. we want positive results. Mofedi
Naturena de pakisto
posted: 01:56 pm
Awesome team based on 4-3-3. With shabba being the attacking midfielder KG n DF15 holding. Erusmus n parker running in from the flanks. Rantie being the constant threat. This reaction will surely pay off.
Phokoane boy
posted: 01:58 pm
What is Cowmalo n Dicowcoi doing in here?
posted: 02:00 pm
We gonna loose. Khumalo is a whole
posted: 02:00 pm
lot of changes we'll hav 2 c but i back the the boys
posted: 02:01 pm
@ Phokoane boyposted: What is Cowmalo n Dicowcoi doing in here
Can you Play better than them ??
posted: 02:08 pm
Good team jst need subs 2 cum in early so da pace wil nt decant.I expect manyisa 4 KG nd jali 4 dean coz since we goin all out,fresh legs are needed nd a plan B.shaba wil also be taken off wen he runs out of steam...bt ke its all up 2 da coach
Queen 2the Chiefs
posted: 02:20 pm
Since its looking rather unlikely that CAR will beat Ethiopia,i hope they lose with a fight and not give Topians 3 points on a silver platter

Would love to see Kamo and Zungu introduced
posted: 02:23 pm
Let's teach them a leason guys,I lik ta startin 11
posted: 02:23 pm
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