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Posted: 14 June 2008 Time: 20:46

Two late goalline saves by Sierra Leone’s goalkeeper; Christian Caulker secured a dramatic 1-0 win over South Africa, severely denting Bafana Bafana’s chances of qualifying for the 2010 African Nations Cup finals.

An 18th minute penalty by Sierra Leone’s captain and star player Mohammed Kallon separated the teams, but it was rough justice on Joel Santana’s men who were unlucky not have gained a point from their trip to Freetown.

They had completely dominated the opening period when the hosts mounted their first meaningful attack, and Bryce Moon’s lunge brought down Samuel Barlay in the penalty area, just inside the left channel. It was a careless challenge, and it has cost South Africa dearly.

Although the qualifying campaign for Angola 2010 has a long way to go, there must be serious concern around Bafana’s inability to pick up points in West Africa. And, unless this is rectified, South Africa face the embarrassing prospect of missing out on the Nations Cup finals just a few months before hosting the World Cup.

Yet, with a little luck, and more assured finishing, South Africa would have taken a point, or even all three, from this match.

Just as they completely dominated the opening quarter-hour, forcing the hosts into conceding a flurry of free-kicks, so they dominated the closing stages, again winning a number of free-kicks, but to no avail.

Caulker saved acrobatically on his line from from Lerato Chabangu in the 81st minute, just seconds after the Sundowns man had come on for a disappointing Terror Fanteni. And Caulker repeated the heroics during a goallmouth scramble three minutes into time added on, clinching a precious win for the underdogs.

South Africa came close on a number of other occasions, Kagiso Dikgacoi hitting the crossbar after a good move in the 67th minute involving Steven Pienaar and Tshepo Masilela.

Surprise Moriri twice drew point-blank saves out of Caulker, the first just before half-time, then again as Bafana mounted their second half comeback. And Pienaar twice had efforts that were too close to the keeper to trouble him.

The hosts were not completely outclassed however, and dominated the period after taking the lead – another cause for concern for Santana, as Bafana again let their heads drop.

They roused themselves well after the interval however, and even though Sierra Leone played with the confidence of a home side leading, Bafana return home convinced that the better side lost.

Sierra Leone: Christian Caulker – Warren Kanu, Ibrahim Koroma, Umeru Bangura, Gibrila Wobay – Samuel Barlay (Alpha Lansana 84), Ibrahim Kargbo, Sherrif Suma, Kai Kamara (Ishmael Kamara 90 + 3) – Mohammed Kallon (capt), Mustapha Bangura (Paul Kpaka 74)

South Africa: Khune – Moon (Mashego 68), Khumalo, Tsotetsi, Masilela – Modise, Sibaya (capt), Dikgacoi, Pienaar – Moriri – Fanteni (Chabangu 81)

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 01:37 pm
We are half way of the group stages, Bafana Bafana played 3 games, collected 3 points out of possible 9, we have three more games to go, that is 9 points to play for and try to qualify for the next round of the group qualifiers, people who can be heard at the top, ie. ex players, soccer bosses,etc host SOCCER IMBIZO with immediate effect to come up with possible solutions for the sake of our national team,

lets bury our differences and stop pointing fingers at one another, lets make the best out of what we have currently, well some of us know that the road to success has got no shortcuts, and money can't buy success too but this is not time to bring up such issues, what we need is to bring up 9 points with what we got at the moment.
posted: 01:49 pm
We are half way of the group stages, Bafana Bafana played 3 games, collected 3 points out of possible 9, we have three more games to go, that is 9 points to play for and try to qualify for the next round of the group qualifiers, people who can be heard at the top, ie. ex players, soccer bosses,etc host SOCCER IMBIZO with immediate effect to come up with possible solutions for the sake of our national team,

lets bury our differences and stop pointing fingers at one another, lets make the best out of what we have currently, well some of us know that the road to success has got no shortcuts, and money can't buy success too but this is not time to bring up such issues, what we need is to bring up 9 points with what we got at the moment.
posted: 01:55 pm
The combination between Moriri and Fanteni upfront is not working. I hardly see them passing each other a ball. We are still playing without a target striker,moriri is a midfielder, Fanteni cant hold balls and he is the only out and out striker in the starting line-up. Its not working for us. We dont have a target striker, therfore we need two strikers at the same time in the field. Mashego and Shabangu came in and changed the game in Leone. Why not put them in the starting line-up in our next match and see if they can combine.Fanteni must get over his nevoursness to be a best target striker South Africa need.Give Elizer Rodgers a chance as well, or What about Nathan Pulsen. I mean we need a toll and strong guy up there.
posted: 03:33 pm
But give Bafana credit, they never gave up. They were running around like a bunch of idiots, but they never quit. Idiots with heart.
posted: 03:49 pm
my support goes to Bafana Bo-Majesa and the rest of the teams in Southern Africa,i wnat Southern African teams to be better and bigger than thier western and Eastern counterparts.Me being from Botswana,i will sawllow my pride and point out that,South African's midocre perfomance does not help the development of South Africa as a whole,we all need South Africa to progress,i'm scared for other teams in Southern Africa because Bafana Bo-majesa have always been the measure of success for everybody down south..BRing back the spirit,when rugby and criket teams play,the media talks about those games two weeks prior,but when Bafana Bafana AKA bo-Majesa Plays,the coverage is so little that some people never know about it untill the following day when Pitso Mosimane and Santa aare being crusified,go back to your roots SA,yes its a good thing to bring a Brazillian coach,but how well does he understand diski?does he know about SA soccer or the Diski that is played in SA?WHATS UP WITH THIS 4-4-1-1 Formations?SA can never progress with one striker,SA can never prgogress relying on defensive midfielders,SA's strength is in knocking the ball down,caressing the ball,dancing on the ball,playing creative soccer,playing sexy romantic carpet football,SA's stregnth is in attacking,powerful runs on the flanks and skillful midfielders who dont just kick anything and everything that moves,SA never played a kick and hope soccer before,SA NEVER defended with four five players before,but they defended with their colourful attacking soccer,they used attack to defend,they always pressed their oppenents at the back and capitalised with calm and collected finishers...Santana is a good coach,no doubt about that,but South African Football does not need someone who carries a big paper(resume) saying that i've coached there and there and i've won this and that,but SA soccer needs so eone who understands the tradition and flair of SA soccer,someone who can mould the players to play as a unit...you dont need a Perreira who claims to come there and teach SA soccer...yes,bring back Lucas Radebe,Phil Masinga,TRoto Moloto,Shakes Mashaba,Clive Barker,one of this guys should be brought in to provide assitants in those critical points,Santana should use what he has,not to make what he wants out of what he has been given..
posted: 03:56 pm
Oh poor bafana bafana, shame!!!! You have been taken to hell by Satan (santana). No africa cup this time
posted: 04:06 pm
Ricard,i guess you have a thing against black people,the same Sierra Leone that beat Bafana is under a Black management and administration,the same NIgeria that beat Bafana is under a black management and administration,the same Botswana that is leading a group that comprises of the mighty ivory coast,mozambique and madagascar is lead by black administration and even a black home grown coach,so what's your point there?i know Baba Khoza and others there have their mistakes,but those people are servants of SA soccer,they have so much for SA soccer,the reason why SA is hosting the world cup is simply because SA has Kaizer Motaung,jomo sono Baba KHoza Ria Ledwaba etc and BOtswana,Lesotho and Zimbabwe doesnt,Ricard,stop being bitter,if you're poor,its not those guy's fault,stop labelling them as black,and by the way,move on and stop bringing in race issues when we talk about soccer,by the way,i'm in New York and my girlfriend of four years is white,they dont have a problem with black people,they have moved on,why are u still hanging to the painbful past? if you're South African Ricard,you're a disgrace to them,talk about soccer and by the way,SAFA officials log on to kickoff website and they read all this,so if you have something good,put it down,you'll never know how far you,an ordinary citizen's idea can go a long way in being implemented ...
posted: 04:06 pm
Ricardo rather....
posted: 04:26 pm
I think bafana did well under the circumstances they played under. I cannot help but say we will beat Leone by a big margin here at home given their game at their back yard. We were very unfortunate to lose and the reason for the solitary goal can also be atributed to us missing mokoena and Morris. I have full confidence in these boys and the technical team. be brave boys
posted: 04:27 pm
Africa's heavyweights suffered surprise defeats in World Cup qualifiers on Saturday with Angola, Egypt, Ghana and Morocco all beaten in their group matches.
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Cameroon and the Ivory Coast were also held by supposedly inferior opposition on a day of shock results.

African champions Egypt lost 1-0 in Malawi to a goal three minutes into stoppage time from substitute Chiukepo Msowoya, which set up a three-way tie at the head of the African zone Group 12 standings.

Roguy Mere and Stephane Nguema were the scorers as Gabon won their first points in Group Five with a 2-0 win over Ghana while Uganda romped to a 3-1 win over Angola in Kampala.

Eugene Ssepuya, Andy Mwesigwa and Dan Wagaluka scored for the Ugandans while substitute Mantorras got a late consolation goal for the 2006 World Cup finalists.

Rwanda's 3-1 win over Morocco put them top of Group Eight with a 100 percent record, a feat matched by Burkina Faso whose beat the Seychelles 3-2 away in Victoria.

A hat-trick from Moumouni Dagano ensured a come-from-behind win for the Burkinabe, who now have a comfortable lead in Group Nine.

The Ivorians had to come from a goal down to draw 1-1 away in Botswana, their second successive away draw in a stuttering start to their qualifying campaign.

Cameroon failed to score against Tanzania in a goalless draw in Dar-es-Salaam but remain at the head of the Group One standings.

Sierra Leone won their first points of the campaign as they beat 2010 hosts South Africa 1-0 with a first half penalty from captain Mohamed Kallon. South Africa are participating in the preliminaries because they also serve to determine the finalists for the 2010 African Nations Cup tournament.

A penalty gave Gambia a 1-0 win over Algeria in Banjul, converted in the 18th minute by Mustapha Jarjue.

posted: 04:33 pm
Rugby is controlled by a white administration and the players chosen for the national team are obvious! The exact same thing is happening in our football!

I really don't give a damn what people say..that's just the truth and nothing but the truth.

I the strongest Bafana team was chosen, it would looks something like this



van Heerden

Mc Carthy (the idiot!)

T Modise

this should be the core if our national pride!
posted: 04:53 pm
i may b from botswana but i will say "ricardo ua mad..ua real kak"
posted: 04:57 pm
Sorry guys if it sounds like I'm racist, but I'm not. I'm just saying what I'm seeing. a Lot of heros emerged, and i couldn't thank them enough for their contribution to our football. That said, Khoza; Hack and co need to get out of our administration and get competant people to run SAFA.

We are the host of the next world cup; the likes of Brazil; US; England; Italy; Portugal should line up to play friendlies against us. Instead, they not.

The same people that can't even get world class opposition for Bafana can even book proper accomodation; flights; and even food for our players. Not to long ago, Bafana would play at least 6 top teams a year. What happened to the standards that was set between 1994 to 2002? Let face it, we need to up our game in terms of our ADMINISTRATION before that same can happen on the football pitch.

In other words, the Hacks and co earning fat salaries for doing Fuckall are distroying our beautifull game! They need to employ people that would bleed for the country.
posted: 05:02 pm
i may b from botswana but i will say "ricardo ua mad..ua real kak"
posted: 07:53 pm
Ricardo are you on drugs? You are moron, idiot, stupid, useless and disgrace to SA football at Large. Get a life and get a girlfriend/boyfriend because sure u can talk better things about cooking, reading women magazines, women underwear, nail, manicure and pedicure. THAT’S A SERIOUS ADVICE not Football cause u are stupid when comes to making sense in football
posted: 08:18 pm
Nicholus can't U c the point Ricardo is making there. Mara y can't you guys read what one is saying instead of attacking him like that.

Look the guys has a point. SAFA is getting 100million a year for BB from Absa, castle is still ponsoring BB. Y are we always playing the likes of Swaziland, Lesotho and even Botswana for that matter. I mean this teams are not taken serious by the players. Look at how they beat Paraguay, because they were motivated by it. How would one get motivated by Botswana or Swaziland for god sake?. I mean worst situations bring the best out of players. I agree with Ricardo, we need to play to teams if we wan't to be competetive for next year.
posted: 08:34 pm
Masilo you ahve a point but unlike Jeff,u dont realise that Botswana are minors on paper,but result wise,they are achieving,Bafana Bo-Majesa are Sper powers on paper because of what 16 v Doctor Khumalo,Mercedez Benz Linda Buthelizi,'up and down' David Nyathi,The big Fish ,Rhoo Radebe,Mokoko Tovey,half litter 90 mintes with no mistake John Moeti have done for SA soccer in the past,now you guys fail to score against a team of Sierra Leone's calibre,i mean loosing is one thing,but if Bafana Bo-Mojesa fail to score against farmers of Leone,then know there is a problem...
posted: 08:37 pm
by the way Masilo and Ricardo,defeats and narrow wins against Botswana and Sierra Leone are the ones that prevent Bafana Bo-Majesa from playing teams like Brasil,Germany,Italy etc...the world knows how Bafana Bo-Mjesa is perfoming,SA is going down on world rankings,so who will waste time in coming all the way from South America or Europe to play friendly games with a team that fails to score against BOLESWA countries?
posted: 08:06 am
Eish majalweng joe.. Lets face it, Botswana is nowhere near BB. U can call them bo majesa mare joe ur team is nowhere near.

I agree with you, we do have a problem and our only problem is confidance. Mara joe bare ka setswana "SE SA FELENG, SA TLHOLA". We will get it right one day and after we do that we will never play ur lauzy team anymore. We are going straight for nigeria. Bone they r full of s***, we want them. We will treat ur team the way we did during 90s.
posted: 08:06 am
Finally some who can read and understand an opinion.....thanks Masilo!!

If we want to be the best, we need to play the best, and to play the best, we must have the best Administration. To have the best administration, we need to appoint the best people to steer our Bafana ship in the right direction! That's supply the point I'm trying to make.

Someone mentioned old player like Radebe, Fish; Moeti; Tovey; Nyathi........these are players that should be giving positions in this "stupid" SAFA administration. These are well respected players in the football world and these are players that should be utilized to go and monitor our players overseas; speak to the like of Patterson and Surman; get good figures for Bafana.
I bet you a million buck Radebe would be able to orginize a game against any country in europe, cause the guy is well known and respected for his contibutions on and off the footbsll pitch.

Who would like to disagree with what I've just mentioned? (only idiots will)

By the way guy, I'm married to a african beauty for you idiots who thinks i need to get a girlfriend. She's someone this govenment can be proud of, cause she's in the Department of Heath, and really kicking ass with all her corruption going on within that department.

SAFA needs to be restucted. Santana is a very good coach and i wish well well with the Bafana team, but look at the way he was appointed?
This backdoor business of us South Aricans needs to stop.

I know of at least 5 top coaches that would have giving their last teeth to manage Bafana.
Scolari (now signed for Chlsea)
Rikaard (former Barcelona manager)
Hiddink (the guy who took South Korea to the semis)
Sven (came out puplically about his interset to coach Bafana)
Hughes now signed for Manchester City)

And you guys and supporting and defending SAFA for all the KAK they are doing? This is the same people who opt to drive us forward guys?
The people who sacked Trossier (great coach) Carlos Queiroz (great coach) and appointed the racist "black prince" Jomo idiot Sono as caretaker coach every time there's a f%^kup. The Jomo Sono that can't even see a good player when his right in front of him; doesn't even have a clue about tactics.

Who remembers the 2002 World cup in Korea/Japan?
Again Jomo was appointed. (the racist vark)
1. He appoint Andre Arendse ahead of the world class Vonk (big mistake)
2. He chosen Mokoena( midfielder who played for Cosmos) ahead of Steven Pienaar who was named youn player of the season in Holland.
3. Tactics was terrible
4.He also brought in Sibaya (we all know he wanted to sell his Cosmos players, and using our national team as a display cabnet for his kak players)

Does any of you know Pienaar, Vonk and a few class players was warming he bench the whole world cup?
We all know that Jomo knew Andre was a bit dodgy in the first few games, but he still stuck out the him and it costed us a second round place. We all know the Sibaya and Mokoena (not Aaron) had the terrible games, and Jomo never even brought Pienaar on for 5 minutes.

My point is, clouns are distroying our football!
Idiots appoint idiots.

Thanks Jomo/Baxter/Mashaba/Moloto for the kak you made, but SAFA is the real culprets behind our failures!

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