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Morocco South Africa Bafana international friendly

Posted: 11 October 2013 Time: 20:28

They hung on for most of the second half, but in the end South Africa were good value for a 1-1 draw in their international friendly against Morocco on Friday night.

Tokelo Rantie had silenced the home crowd with an early goal, but Issam El Adoua’s header early in the second half meant there was to be no victory for Bafana Bafana.

Gordon Igesund handed a debut to Bidvest Wits captain Sibusiso Vilakazi, while there was also a long overdue return for Daylon Claasen.

In front of a very vocal home crowd, Bafana showed they would not be overawed as they got off to a great start, with first Claasen and then Rantie firing shots in at goal.

Morocco soon found their feet and it took a great save from Itumeleng Khune to deny Youssef El Arabi from scoring from a header from 18 yards out.

But any hopes the hosts had of creating some dominance went out the window in the ninth minute when Rantie scored the first ever goal at the Agadir Stadium. A quick counter-attack saw Claasen - who had won the ball in midfield - feed the Bournemouth striker, who showed great composure to finish past Amsif.

The crowd immediately got on their players’ backs and the pressure showed as the South Africans grabbed a foothold.

Rantie’s running and movement was causing all sorts of havoc and he again got in behind the defence, but his pass to the onrushing Lerato Chabangu was intercepted at the vital moment.

Khune was then called upon to deny the hosts, this time with a sharp save after a free-kick had found captain Mehdi Benatia unmarked in the area.

However, Bafana kept pressing for a second goal with first Chabangu’s free-kick behind saved, before Rantie just failed to get on the end of Bernard Parker’s cross.

Morocco came close again just past the half-hour mark when Omar El Kaddouri’s mazy run ended with his shot hitting the side-netting, while Khune was at full stretch again soon after to keep out a rasping drive from Benatia.

Bafana came ever so close to adding a second just before the break when an excellent build-up saw Parker playing in Vilakazi, but his low shot was brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper.

Whatever was said in the home dressing-room at halftime seemed to have done the trick as the Moroccans came out firing in the second half.

Bafana had hardly had a touch of the ball when the equaliser came on 49 minutes. Predictably, it came via a header as El Adoua was left unmarked to head home Younes Belhanda’s free-kick, though the ‘foul’ which led to the set-piece was soft at best.

The hosts dominated possession after that, but without ever creating any clear-cut chances. Substitute Abel Taarabt proved a handful and displayed some good skill to leave Dean Furman for dead, but his shot was blocked.

Debutant Kgosi Ntlhe got away with a late error in the box, while another newcomer, Ayanda Patosi, fired a speculative shot wide late on and Parker’s powerful run and shot resulted in nothing but a corner, but in the end Bafana would have been happy to escape the new Agadir Stadium with a draw – and their unbeaten record against Morocco intact.

Bafana starting XI: Khune, Ngcongca, Khumalo, Xulu, Masilela (Ntlhe 67th), Claasen, Furman, Vilakazi (Zungu 46th), Chabangu (Patosi 59), Parker (Letsholonyane 83rd), Rantie (Erasmus 70th)

Morocco starting XI: Amsif, Bergdich, Benatia, El Adoua, Noussair, Feddal, Obbadi, El Kaddouri, Barrada, Belhanda, El Arabi

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2013-10-11 18:35:01

is these a youtful squad mxm

posted: 2013-10-11 18:40:39

Igesund is not doing properly up stairs or his arithmetic is not on par... Is this his youthful squad... Mxm

posted: 2013-10-11 18:45:31

mxm this is not a youthful squad udlala ngathi wena you should be fired where is patosi ,nthle,erasmus hayi suka la

posted: 2013-10-11 18:51:30

The game is dalyed in sabc....watch supersport 4

posted: 2013-10-11 18:53:32

What ıs wrong wıth gordon,where ıs the young players,we don't except to wın thıs game ıt ıs frıendly we should check new young players ın thıs match not experıence faılers lıke khune,masılela,parker,khumalo,chabangu,the ıs no future ın S.A football.

takesure RDS
posted: 2013-10-11 18:56:08

Though im no longer blogging due to my final yr of study bt im with bafana all the way n i know they wont win as usual. GI is a more failure than i thought, he is far less in skills as compared to perreira, santana, pitsho n steve khompela. Bloody youthful mediocrity wena mlungu ndini 

posted: 2013-10-11 18:56:56

Wena Gordon! Whr z d Duduza boy, the nation wants 2 c him? U better win or else....?

posted: 2013-10-11 19:01:12

What is Duduza?

posted: 2013-10-11 19:07:24

Look at morocco they have young players,some of them are new ın the morocco team,morocco team are startıng to buıld a team ın thıs game,what about SA natıonal team.

posted: 2013-10-11 19:07:26

Morocco fans are they sound like.warrios

posted: 2013-10-11 19:11:14


posted: 2013-10-11 19:24:31

Claasen n furman could become d central midfield duo we've needed all along,dy both defend n take turns in goin forward.

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-11 19:25:11

If. We talking new era, Pungwyo should won that left Back...and Matlab won right back

Ket and Robin should take over from. Khune

posted: 2013-10-11 19:28:07

Until players are chosen according to merits, bafana bafana won't go anywhere, fail, fail and fail that is what we are south african. Eg no player from P.star they just won a cup last week.

Mthinayi Bugs Killer
posted: 2013-10-11 19:41:13

Some idiots are using rats mind in soccer, that's why they is no progress in their team. How long Phungwayo have been playing for bugs as he deserves a starting line-up in Baf Baf? Phungwayo is still straggling to maintain startng line-up in his team. Ket n Robin still have to work very hard to reach Khune's calibre.

posted: 2013-10-11 19:42:57

They might have won the cup but do they have playas that are the most outstanding in their positions when compared to the rest of the league

posted: 2013-10-11 19:47:56

Bafana is playing we'll onli masilela is a weakest link

posted: 2013-10-11 19:54:17

Good point Ray

K bhaka
posted: 2013-10-11 19:56:50

I think cowne must leave his switch in nazoorena,cos now the players are switching off and he has to remind them to switch on,otherwise it was a good half by Bafana,hope they continue and score another goal

Three 3
posted: 2013-10-11 20:00:17

good Bafana Bafana side Shabangu can be a damn good player when he puts his mind into it....I like this Claasen kid and what can one say about the BUCS striker Tokelo Rantie he is comer now Vilakazi a gem he belongs in the national team Khune very very good my man otherwise a good all round performance from the boys WHAT is lacking is what is key in modern FOOTBALL Tactical awareness from the team and that is the work of Gordon he must up his game

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