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Cosafa Cup semi-final match report: Bafana out of the Cosafa Cup after loss to Zambia on penalties

Posted: 17 July 2013 Time: 22:48

Bafana Bafana were knocked out of the Cosafa Cup by hosts Zambia on Wednesday night.

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The match ended 0-0 after extra-time, and Chipolopolo won the penalty shoot-out 5-3.

South Africa will play Lesotho in the third place play-off on Saturday.

The first half was a high-tempo scrappy affair, with no scoring chances to speak of.

Bafana were beaten for pace in the centre of the park, and looked nervous at the back, with Tshepo Gumede especially making some panicky clearances, and Hlompho Kekana resigned to hoofing the ball forward.

The South Africans struggled to string passes together, and moves broke down quickly due to poor decision making and constant pressure from the Zambians.

Bafana’s strategy of playing long balls into the box proved ineffective, with most passes being misdirected or too heavy for the forwards to run onto.

Lebogang Manyama looked dangerous when he did collect the ball, but too often found himself confronted and foiled the Zambian defence.

Chipolopolo, by contrast, played the ball up field with composure, with Bornwell Mwape a muscular presence in the final third, and Festus Mbewe in particular looking dangerous on the right, sending in some dangerous crosses.

Igesund brought on Lerato Chabangu five minutes after the restart, and the Moroka Swallows veteran was a calming influence on his young teammates.

And it was a corner from Chabangu that created Bafana’s first real chance: Lehlohonolo Nonyane hit the crossbar with a header and Ruzaigh Gamildien skied the rebound from about three metres out.

Igesund brought on Mandla Masango on 58 minutes, and he immediately started making a nuisance of himself, but could not create any real structure.

Eight minute from time Bafana came close again, after a great give and go move between Manyama and Masango. The Kaizer Chiefs man put the cross in, which was met by an onrunning Chabangu. He was forced to hit the ball on the volley – and did well to cushion his shot, but hits the corner of goal.

Zambia came close a few minutes later, off a free-kick that looked to be out of the danger area. The ball was sent in with pace and Kondwani Mtonga got a foot on it, but luckily for Wayne Sandilands and Bafana it hit the upright.

Mtonga came close again on 90 minutes with a blistering free-kick, which Sandilands just got a hand to, to tip over the bar.

Extra-time was more of the same, except with both sides’ energy levels down.

Manyama sneaked in past the Zambia defence and should have given Bafana the lead, after a great ball over the top by Chabangu, but he hit his shot over the bar.

South Africa applied some pressure in the second half of extra-time, earning a number of set-pieces, and Mzikayise Mashaba forced a good save out of Danny Munyau.

But neither team could find the impetus to create any meaningful chances and the match went to penalties, where Zambia prevailed.

Penalty shoot-out: N’gonga (scored), Hlatshwayo (scored); Mwape (scored), Manyama (scored); Phiri (scored), Chabangu (saved); Chongo (scored), Mashaba (scored); Chama (scored)

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Previous comments on this story...

Lady Goldilight
posted: 10:53 pm
Not surprised.
Windhoek, Namibia
posted: 10:54 pm
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:54 pm
iCoach yakona idliwe Mara uthsina hooray....

Losing is becoming less of a carbon dioxide to South Africans... we seem to be breathing it in easier & easier by the game...
posted: 10:55 pm
Who was that goalkeeper? Is he from clowns?
posted: 10:55 pm
much btr dam parcow scorin a brace for us..mxm wth bafana i wont blv
posted: 10:58 pm
Re jesitswe ke mokgalabjwe chabangu mxm
posted: 10:58 pm
Watching Bafana play is like Making love to your Woman and don't make her come,just a waste of time!
posted: 10:58 pm
Hard luck Bafana well tried gyz
posted: 10:59 pm
Hard luck boys U tried ur best...nxt tym proud of U...no need to point fingers lesson learnt.in bafana I trust
@Funky_bee ,Zambian
posted: 11:02 pm
Future looks good for both sides...COSAFA is a good tournament for the development of Southern African football,,,,such a shame this game wasn't a final
Champ enigma
posted: 11:08 pm
Mxm bunch of cows. I hear a lot of mooooooooooooos back to their kraals especially one in Pretoria with 60 cows. He wee he wee we don't need chiefs cows, kuphi khona
posted: 11:10 pm
Wah ziyaboza lezinja,zishweba noma sezingaphans kwepali mxm
Gold Bold Glomour
chronic2001(the champ)
posted: 11:12 pm
hardy bafana next time gents,south africa is not in the same class as botswana their coach has direction unlike us
Champ enigma
posted: 11:14 pm
Rats and Dunusa faithfools are quite with their tails tucked tight between their legs. Their cows failed. They would have been running naked here bashing Chiefs players but the are quite their cows failed the country. Mxm
murphy wale khosi pride n joy
posted: 11:15 pm
Gamildien missd a sittr bt tjo if it was a chiefs player damn lol pirates fans would hv calld him names n even chabangu missd a sittr n a penalty bt anyway it was a gud game especially second half well I cn say SA is nt giftd in scoring goals bt damn in defendin we are de best...SA always produce quality dfnders bt quantity strikers
bucsiologist-The specialist in soccer matters
posted: 11:16 pm
Hardluck Gi. I can't wait to what yr next plan is...
Now lets rally behing Orlando pirates.
posted: 11:19 pm
How is Botswana expected t win if our neighbors loose so much?Le re kenya bad luck maan.
\"CHAMP\\\" DjScratch
posted: 11:19 pm
I know many of the Orlando Tahiti fans are gonna start barking now mara i just wana say Buhlebuyeza Mkhwanazi is a future Bafana star, that boy is a quality player and im really confused at how Sundowns can let this boy go and keep Arendse and Mwanjali... Ay Mkhwanazi boy if things dont work out for u at Tuks woza eNaturena boss or join Orlando Tahiti u deserve to play for a big club because of your fighting spirit!
\"CHAMP\\\" DjScratch
posted: 11:28 pm
@Funky Bee
True that my man, future looks bright for S.A from a defensive point and Zambia looks good going forward especially Mulenga, i hope he doesnt join Sundowns here in S.A!
posted: 11:34 pm
Mxm if it ws springbok we wld b on finals ready to celebrate nxaa fokof tsek ngebafana
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