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Bafana ease past Niger in African Nations Cup qualifier

Posted: 4 September 2010 Time: 22:39

Pitso Mosimane won his first competitive game in charge of Bafana Bafana with a comfortable 2-0 victory against Niger at Mbombela Stadium, but they may be left to rue a succession of missed chances.

The hosts scored both their goals in the first half – through Katlego Mphela and Bernard Parker.

Bafana were certainly the dominant team in the opening 45 minutes as they controlled the midfield battle and dictated the possession stakes.

The home side attacked from the first whistle, with Parker almost opening the scoring in the third minute when he met the end of a right wing cross, but his header was brilliantly saved by Daouda Kassali.

Still, Bafana only had to wait another nine minutes before they did take the lead through the dangerous Mphela.

The goal was created by Steven Pienaar, who won the ball in midfield and then played Mphela through on goal with just the keeper to beat. The Sundowns striker showed good composure to chip the goalie and give his side the lead.

The only chance on goal for Niger in the first half came in the 18th minute when Moussa Maazou tested Bafana’s Itumeleng Khune from about 25 yards out, but it was a comfortable save.

Mphela nearly doubled his side’s lead in the 36th minute when he showed strength to win the ball in midfield and proceeded to beat one defender and again left himself with just the keeper to beat. This time, however, Kassali produced a good save by spreading himself well to block the shot.

South Africa continued to press forward and did eventually find their second goal three minutes into added time of the first half.

Anele Ngcongca drove down the right flank, beating one defender before supplying a teasing cross into the 18-yard area. Parker then did brilliantly in the middle of the box, stopping in his tracks and producing an acrobatic scissor-kick to fire the ball home.

The second half continued where the first left off as Bafana were unrelenting in attack and went in search of their third goal.

And they nearly found it in the 55th minute. Pienaar was at the thick of the action again this time supplying a through ball for Parker, but he failed to beat the goalie, who produced a good low save to his right.

It was almost the exact same move three minutes later, this time Pienaar playing Siphiwe Tshabalala through on goal, but he too squandered a golden chance, chipping the ball over the crossbar.

Pienaar was the heart of the South African team on the night as he was the source of great playmaking. He also nearly found his name on the score sheet in the 72nd minute, but Kassali was again at his best, diving full stretch to his right to tip away an 18-yard shot.

Bafana continued to press forward but try as they might the South African team could not find their third goal as the game finished 2-0 in their favour.

It was a well deserved victory for South Africa as Niger were virtual spectators for the entire 90 minutes. Still, Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane will be delighted with the three points and a convincing win.

Previous comments on this story...

Navigation System
posted: 11:18 pm
navigate them general navigate them.
Navigation System
posted: 11:20 pm
Pitso must start looking at players that can kick with both feets
Anonymous
posted: 11:22 pm
Tshabalala is slowly loosing the form he never had,but jingles keep on fielding him while we've got klate on the bench.mxm pitso is unfair.SHAKIRAH WILL ALWAYS LOVE TEKO.
Anonymous
posted: 11:25 pm
Yes zolisa,navigator will navigate them simply bcoz he is wonderful.TEKO THE GOLDENBOY OF MZANSI.
Anonymous
posted: 11:31 pm
Lukisi it was not tivani only who was happy when teko did what he does best but the entire mbombela stadium coz they understand our style of play mmao.SHAKIRAH LOVE TEKO AND PIRATES.
Anonymous
posted: 11:45 pm
ache e itekile Bashana Bashana,re lebohisa Pitso ho prover lisatane wrong.
Navigation System
posted: 11:50 pm
shakira leave my name kwedini, have some respect(ndizoyekelela nje kuba ulijuju adawise phuma apho ntwana)
Anonymous
posted: 11:51 pm
To prove that Teko is great,he only played ten minutes and idiots like lukish and company are busy talking s.h.i.t kare teko obapetse 90 minutes kaofela.shaba played 90 minutes+ but only made one shot on target like general who only played ten minutes.nx ntsha ena eshaba eshwile.TEKO...THE GOLDENBOY OF MZANSI.
Anonymous
posted: 11:57 pm
Ye wena zolisa lebitso nyana le lahao lena leng na?i didn't do anything wrong with ur name wena nkwenkwe tshini musa okungiqhela kak'bi wena kwedini,wafihla leho fihla osontso pota,as long as u comment i will never leave ur name zolisa.SHAKI LV TK AND BUCS
Navigation System
posted: 12:04 am
nx andnophedulana nenja kemna nx
Anonymous
posted: 12:04 am
tht match wsn't friendly, tht style of play u talkin abt wsn't necessary, we need 2 go forward n shoot off target nt jst stop n watch sm1 playin 4 himself as 4 shabba n his 1 leg, thy ddn't hv any impact on the game, when i hs impressed with teko's 1st touches he pauses the game 4sure mphela ws wearin bigger size of boots 2nyt or he jst cn't control the power in his foot, his 1st touches weren't tht impressive,the guy jst lk chasin the bal. Anyway better luck nextym.
Anonymous
posted: 12:09 am
Di'/E or whatever that hair style of teko is called MOHOK ur moron,oheletse kae entlek wena latha latha kewena?and damn that style is expensive ntwana.SHAKIRAH WILL ALWAYS LOVE PIRATES.
Anonymous
posted: 12:15 am
Inja unyoko kwedini tshini.nantsi ingulube indinonela,yini inxaki uphambene,undazo kunginyela apha wena mfondini.
Navigation System
posted: 12:27 am
i miss suprise moriri in this squad.
Anonymous
posted: 12:30 am
Potsiso1 u need to understand sumthing boy,when emotions are high u need sum1 to help settle those nerves down,u could see the poor decisions taken by mphela,shaba and parker in the box that they were nervous,teko helped them to settle those nerves:RULES:DO WHAT U DOES BEST AND DON'T PANIC.
Anonymous
posted: 12:33 am
Kebetseile twede!!!!
godfada
posted: 03:04 am
congradulation to bafana,well play gents.and i like pitso strategy,by motivating players and bringing youngstars Erasmus.as 4 teko(Deco)modise,well play man.slowly but surely.balaya bafana bolaya
Anonymous
posted: 05:06 am
i like what baba mthethwa said lastnight. OJA KE BANKA KO OP LE KO BAFANA. How about this new name Mr. Bank. Ha ha ha haaaa!. Next time pitso must introduce him after 88min.
Anonymous
posted: 05:21 am
shakira, what's de best way of cutting/making dat scary hairstyle(moron or whatever u call it)? What r they using between a broken bottle and okapi
Anonymous
posted: 06:24 am
Mphela should have scored a hatrick but scored only 1, Parker should have scored a hatrick but also scored 1, Shabba was the worst culprit as he also shud have scored a hatrick but scored 0. Im stil not sure why Pitso introduced Yeye, he made unnecessary back passes and nearly cost us with his first back pass. I stil maintain that Teko is a very good player, he showed it whenever he played it simple, but he needs a total change of attitude if he is to get back to his usual best. Pienaar,Khuboni and Sibaya where once again brilliant, Pienaar is our best!
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