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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...

posted: 06:39 am
Some people including the so called analyst are talking about us fighting for the second spot in this group,the lack of self belief from so many of us makes me fear it might just pemeate to the players.What kind of a country expect and aspire to be second best?Trust in our ability and hunger to achieve big things is what we should be drumming into everyone's head.
posted: 06:52 am
jongihlanga you are correct, i could not believe myself when i heard them commenting yesterday, Bafana is good enough, we only need to believe!
posted: 07:02 am
The introduction of Yeye changed the complexion of the game, khuboni was no where 2b found
posted: 07:08 am
Pitso shud remind shaba that he doesn't own that left half position.but klate is nt a national team material
posted: 07:10 am
Thanks Wonder & Jongihlanga for commenting on the soccer. It's sickens me to read all these insults instead of football intellect. Wena Zolisa bear in mind that 'asiphelelanga' on this blog.
posted: 07:44 am
Shapa bafana shapa. Tshabalala,pienar,khuboni,sibaya are enjoying them selves there bcoz there is no teko who always do unnecessery thinks. He must be on bench all the time.

Well done khune being no.1 keeper for bafana
Khune,shapa any yeye they pleyed. How many pie rates players are in the squad? And how many play? If so how many minutes?
posted: 07:49 am
Domenic isaacs, masango,yende and masinamela are kncking the doors of bafana while khune,shapa,yeye and sthe ngcobo are there and they are playing unlike the other team's players are on bench
posted: 07:57 am
Shakira please don't love the way u do, he is not gay lyk u.go and love 3 sums, somizi and and ur boyfriend. Leave teko alone he don't love u, actual he don't even know u. We are tired of u with ur gaynes.
posted: 08:22 am
Khulili, u r free to use ur own language... Or go back to ur english teacher and ask 4 a change...''ushintshi''
posted: 08:52 am
a job well done by bafana...but this sibaya guy, 90% of his moves are back passing rather than to move forward. he seems to run out of ideas whenever he has to move forward and create a play by good passing...
posted: 09:18 am
he he he,khulile wanyela don't be so sure that teko don't khow me ntwana u can go and ask shaba he khows me very well.TEKO...DECO IS GREAT.
posted: 09:20 am
shaba cost bafana yesterday,oshwile klaar.
posted: 09:47 am
1 goal wonder,simphiwe,matatazela,shabba,single footed, tshabalala kweeeeeee nid i say more n 2 thnk we hav the evergreen versatile klate on the bench n cn u pls explain bringn on "the igly 1" whilst we hav the young jali i was glad 2 c erasmus gr8 move n guys dd u c that killer 4 the 1st tym scored 4rm his 1st opportunity pienaar is 2 gud haters cn eat dust wat more cn i say bout McTeko dude has class he goes in there n does his thin n i stil blv theres a place 4 him alongside pienaar in the team!
posted: 10:06 am
I am not going entertain another any of Teko's groupies or stoop to their level of stupidity or Insults.I will just talk soccer.
Khune: always number 1, with a good cover in Mazinyo Joseph.
Defence: very solid thanks.No place for Gaxa.
Midfield, Shabba ws not @ his best but I liked the way he interchanged position with schillo.Pitso cud have introducd Yeye early, we needed to attack more early on.The intro of Yeye resultd to a lot of scoring chances.Teko please lets keep it simple for now, this is not kasie soccer, u can do that ko Pie-rats were goals are not important.PIENAAR, now the groupies know why Tekoloshi is on the bench, Dankie ma se kind.
Strikers: Well done Pitso for playing with two strikers.The positive is that they both scored, though they cud have done beta.
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posted: 11:16 am
mr editor im gona leave this kickoff thing, ayageza lamakhwenkwe alapha nx.
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posted: 11:18 am
i came here to comment ngediski, i wont stand lento yokgezelwa zeznto nxm azqeqeshekanga ziphundlulekile
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posted: 01:12 pm
king teko! king teko! king teko!
posted: 03:48 pm
Ungathi siyageza wena san.leave with pleasure koja we won't miss u.VOETSEK!!!.
posted: 05:51 pm
Niger were useless and we should have scored may more goals which may come to haunt us later in the competition. Pitso must bring back Benni to help Mpela with his sharpness. Benni scored 4 against Namibia and always provided to be supersharp. Mpela shows great promise and must be nurtured to be one of our greats. His partnership with Parker could be a masterstroke by the coach as they both can score good goals.
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