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Cosafa Cup match report: South Africa through to Cosafa semi-final after win over Namibia

Posted: 13 July 2013 Time: 17:20

Bafana Bafana beat Namibia 2-1 in their 2013 Cosafa Cup quarter-final in Zambia on Saturday.

For a gallery of Bafana vs Namibia, CLICK HERE!

Bafana's goals came in the second half, from super-sub Jabulani Shongwe and Hlompho Kekana, before Willy Stephanus got one back for the Brave Warriors.

The match started slowly, with neither side able to hold on to possession – a situation excacerbated by the poor condition of the pitch.

Namibia took control of the ball and had the first real chance of the match on 17 minutes, when Jakob Pinehas tried a shot, but Wayne Sandilands made a good save low to his left.

Shortly after that Bafana, with six new caps making debuts, came into the match, and Edward Manqele had a chance on goal, but his shot was woefully wide.

Thulani Hlatshwayo had a shot from the edge of the box on 25 minutes well saved by Virgil Vries, before Lerato Chabangu tried a powerful shot from range, which Vries tipped over the bar.

Gordon Igesund brought on Shongwe for the start of the second half and the Mamelodi Sundowns youngster made an immediate impact, scoring with his second touch of the game to hand Bafana the lead.

And what a goal it was, a swerving rocket from 25 yards that Vries completely misjudged.

Shongwe’s Sundowns teammate Kekana made it 2-0 with a shot from inside the box on 62 minutes, after being sublimely set up by some skill by Chabangu.

In the 70th minute the referee adjudged Buhle Mkhwanazi to have handled the ball in the box, and awarded Namibia a penalty.

Willy Stephanus’ first attempt from the spot was saved by Sandilands, but the referee ordered a retake, adjudging the goalkeeper to have moved before the penalty was taken.

Stephanus hit the second attempt into the top corner of goal to make it 2-1.

Bafana held on for the win despite a tense last 15 minutes.

South Africa now await the identity of their semi-final opponent, which will be either Mozambique or hosts Zambia, who play on Sunday in Kitwe.

“We knew Namibia would press us but the players worked as a unit. We showed character after only being together for the last two days,” man of the match Ruzaigh Gamildien said after the game.

South Africa line-up: Wayne Sandilands (c), Tshepo Gumede, Sibusiso Khumalo (Ruzaigh Gamildien 34), Thulani Hlatshwayo, Hlompho Kekana, Sibusiso Msomi (Jabulani Shongwe 45), Buhle Mkhwanazi, Lerato Chabangu (Katlego Mashego 76), Lebogang Manyama, Edward Manqele, Mzikayise Mashaba

Bench: Gladwin Shitolo, Katlego Mashego, Mandla Masango, Ruzaigh Gamildien, Jabulani Shongwe, Siyabonga Mpontshane, Thabani Mthembu, Lehlohonolo Nonyane

Namibia line-up: Virgil Vries, Angula da Costa (c), Willem Mwedihanga, Larry Horaeb, Denzil Hoaseb, Ananias Gebhardt (Deon Hotto 56), Freedom Puriza, Petrus Shitembi, Neville Tjiueza (Willy Stephanus 55), Jakob Pinehas (Harold Ochurub 75), Sydney Urikhob

Bench: Efriam Tjihonge, Chris Katjiukua, Emilio Martin, Deon Hotto, Willy Stephanus, Harold Ochurub, Roger Katjiteo, Riaan Cloete, Denis Tjetjinda

Previous comments on this story...

Donald Duck
posted: 05:25 pm
Gamaldien- bobsteak cheque book please
posted: 05:31 pm
Hala Sunflops....atleast they can do better 4 our nation than some animals from kruger national park
The Gunners Of London OPFC*
posted: 05:33 pm
Wow what an insightful article kickoff thanks for the wonderful journalism as usual. #dickoff
Lady Goldilight
posted: 05:33 pm
It's either we get Madondo or Shongwe.

I hope Bobsteak watched this match.

We still need Nomandela.

Well done Bafana Bafana.
The Gunners Of London OPFC*
posted: 05:34 pm
Thank you secret boy lol…
posted: 05:43 pm
As expected, great work boys. Even though there was no flow of football what matters is that we have won the game, great team choice coach Gordon.
posted: 05:49 pm
That namibia keeper looks like a rat defender siyabonga shagweni
El Asesino Cérébrale
posted: 05:51 pm
With Tshepo Gumede and Buhle Mkhwanazi Bafana's future looks bright. I know the team never DISAPPOINTS when it comes to DISAPPOINTMENTS, but I hope there will be none come Wednesday. Great versitality Mzikayise Mashaba. Good luck BOYS!
posted: 05:54 pm
Well done boiz
Gold & Black Rhino
posted: 05:59 pm
All of the Best for Next Match.
Love & Peace.
Tshepiso wa Mashiloane.
posted: 06:02 pm
Chiefs donkeys are causing us. Well done Bafana Bafana!!!
posted: 06:05 pm
wel gedaan bafanax2...where's the profets of doom..k4l
posted: 06:13 pm
two words Buhle mkhwanazi
posted: 06:20 pm
such a hard fought victory....watch zambia and angola u/23s they will flourish against thier opponents
Tshepiso wa Mashiloane.
posted: 06:23 pm
GI must forget about Chiefs donkeys. That is clear today!!
Queen 2the Chiefs
posted: 06:31 pm
Eish SABC,still dont understand why they are even increasing the TV licence fees,agggaaa maaan

Weldone to the lads,im sure we'll face Zambia as they'll have a walkover 2moro,all the best in the semis

South African through and through
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 06:40 pm
Thank u Mamedoti Sunclowns for this victory despite the fact that u ar stil a brothel. Faak SABC for not broadcasting this game.

Once a pirate always a donkey
posted: 06:44 pm
@lady G....eish yha nhe...sabc.....their new acting ceo was very promising...he seems to have lost the plot of late...this is the national team...south africans frm all walks of life must be able to see them...not a selected few...
khosi king
posted: 06:55 pm
Tshepiso wa Mashiloane.
posted: 06:23 pm |
GI must forget about Chiefs donkeys. That is clear today!!


what is clear? And why must he 4get about chiefs players?
CHIEF [Ma-Shimis@Khosi]
posted: 07:00 pm
Atleast Motsepe's Tuckshop is not like PierATS that is always harassed and raped by ZIM and Musona.
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