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Egypt 0 South Africa 0 in Afcon qualifier

Posted: 5 June 2011 Time: 22:32

Bafana Bafana are edging closer to qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations after putting up a brave fight to earn a point in Egypt.

‘The Pharaohs’ camped inside Bafana’s half from the first minute, but at the interval Bafana had held on to end the half goalless.

Early on, Egypt’s Ahmed Elmohamady was brought down by Tsepo Masilela down the right flank and Ahmed Fathy’s free-kick was cleared by the Bafana defence.

Bafana didn’t sit back though, taking the fight to the Egyptians.

Katlego Mphela’s free-kick in the 14th minute was rather a tame effort, which Essam El-Hadary easily collected.

After the nerves had settled, Siphiwe Tshabalala was booked in the 22nd minute for a deliberate handball.

The Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, captain on the night, protested the decision, but Tunisian referee Slim Jedidi was having none of it.

But this did little to dampen Bafana’s spirit as they went on the offensive. Tshabalala whipped in a corner to find Siyabonga Sangweni at the far post in the 28th minute, but El-Hadary made a fine save at his near post.

The best chance of the half fell kindly to Mphela in the 36th minute, but ‘Killer’ didn’t live up to his nickname when he fluffed the opportunity.

It was a copycat of his last-gasp goal against Egypt on March 26 against the same Egypt team at the Coca Cola Park stadium, but Mphela this time shot straight into the legs of El-Hadary.

Bafana could have easily been ahead.

On the stroke of half-time, Itumeleng Khune produced a brilliant save, after Elmohamady picked up the ball unmarked in the box in the 45th minute and then shot with his right, but Khune pulled off a fantastic save.

The score at the interval was goalless.

The Pharaohs came out the better side in the second half, but Bafana’s resolute defence led by Khune was simply a brick wall.

In the 59th minute, Ahmed Fathy broke through into the box to pounce on a great defence-splitting pass and had time and space to take aim at Khune's goal, but the latter was once again at his best, diving to push the ball away for a corner.

Mphela had a great chance of his own just after the hour mark, but faltered with the goalkeeper to beat, as he rounded El-Hadary but he was dispossessed by Mahmoud Fathalla.

With eight minutes of regulation time left, El-Hadary, a hero in Egypt, was on the receiving end of verbal abuse from the fans after he rushed out of his box for a loose ball, headed it away, but Andile Jali beat him to the next ball.

Jali then exchanged a couple of passes with Tshabalala, who ultimately took a shot at Egypt's open net, but it went over the crossbar.

In the dying seconds substitute Tlou Segolela failed to beat El-Hadary in a one-on-one situation.

Nonetheless, Bafana have done enough to earn a vital point away from home.

South Africa: Itumeleng Khune – Anele Ngcongca, Tsepo Masilela, Siyabonga Sangweni, Morgan Gould – Kagisho Dikgacoi, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Andile Jali, Siphiwe Tshabalala (Bevan Fransman 90th) – Katlego Mphela (Davide Somma 86th), Bernard Parker (Tlou Segolela 75th)

Egypt: Essam El-Hadary - Ahmed Fathy, Sayed Moawad, Mahmoud Fathalla (Amr Sulaya 79th), Wael Gomma - Hossam Ghali, Abdel El-Zaher, Ahmed Elmohamady, Mahmoud Shikabala (Ahmed Ali Kamel 65th)- Mohamed Zidan (Mohamed Nagy 58th), Hosni Abd Rabou

Referee: Slim Jedidi (Tunisia) Cautions: Tshabalala, Parker, Khune, Sangweni

Previous comments on this story...

Jam Jam
posted: 10:48 am
Finally Bafana has revived my pride in an African Football. I was a worried supporter previously telling myself that until Bafana starts to stop Egypt, Bafana will never move to a higher position in African football.
Now that we have beaten Egypt in an official game, and denied them a single goal in Cairo, I have regained my pride that I had during 1996.

Well done to Pitso for being a great mentor and friend to bafana players.
Jam Jam
posted: 10:53 am
I am very happy with Bafana players that played against Egypt. We also have very good chaps on the bench who can make an immediate impact when they are given a chance to start, namely David Somma, Thulani Serero and Jayiya.
Look at Jali, he played like a regula Bafana player from the start to the end of the game. I was impressed with Somma's fighting spirit when he was brought just 5 mins before end of 90 mins.
posted: 10:57 am
There u go again South Africans getting too excited by a draw with an aging team!!A misfiring frontline aided by the imaturity of S.Tshabalala wont get you any trophies,This draw with the Egyptians is a momentary achievement,by all means Thumbs Up!!Its obviously a long way to the top & any team would have won yesterday against the Pharoahs.Senegal are playing exceptional football,whilst Ivory Coast are Firing from all Cylinders,South Africans deserve to be thrilled but not to get carried away.Egypt were a pathetic lot yesterday so take each game as it comes,Have fun guys!!Zimbo for Life.
posted: 11:00 am
now bafana bafana is playing quality soccer only a fool can dispute that! but Killer needs to be innovative and more sharper in front of goal! welldone South Africa
Swona Champ!
posted: 11:01 am
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posted: 11:06 am
Swona Champ!
posted: 11:12 am
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Shaapa The pharaohs shaapa

The pharaohs 3 - 0 B.B

sheer hallucination, sunflops, does it makes you dom or stupid?
i still dey!
posted: 11:25 am
Am not a south african,but let me give credit when its due.South Africa played with passion and a no fear attitude yesterday which was very nice to see. And lets face it,the ref was not bad at all(to my surprise).the only bad thing was where he got the 7 minutes of added time from,but even then SA should have won with that last chance from that ur segolela guy.all in all,i thought u guys were going to get beat after what i saw in the reverse fixture at ur homeground in which u won but were still outplayed by the egyptians.but yesterday was ur day and a draw was the least u deserved,so congrats.
Polipoli (The Pie-rats fan)
posted: 11:31 am
Players ratings.

KHUNE = 10 (Better than some EPL and La Liga Keepers)
ANELE = 6 (Average game by his standard)
Tshepo = 7 (Had a fair game)
Sangweni= 7.5 (Solid at the back)
Gould = 9 (Rock)
Jali = 10.999 (For Once I agree he is the galaxy)
Reneilwe = 5 (Too casual)
Shabba = 6 (Arm band was too heavy)
Parker = 4 (Cut the Crap)
Mphela = 6 (He needed a plane ticket to NY and Holland to meet with Thiery Henry and Denis Bergkamp respectively) - You can't drill a hole through the keeper

Tlou = 5 (He needed a plane ticket to NY and Holland to meet with Thiery Henry and Denis Bergkamp respectively) - You can't drill a hole through the keeper. Oh shit the ticket will be costly, buy their pirated dvd then
posted: 11:38 am
@ Zimbo, point taken. We are not getting carried away, we just appreciating an improvement in our beloved country, we are not Ivory Coast nor Senegal. I'm proud of our boys, for collecting 4 out of 6 points against the deffending champions, i mean Egypt was throwing everything at us, they wanted it disperatley, and the boys stood firm. Proudly South African
posted: 11:44 am
Jali is starting to dominate the local football with ease. This boy is a marvel to watch. Thank you Pitso for listening.
Now for Serero, the more of our young heros the better. Our future suddenly looks a little bit brighter.
Pitso you are doing something more than i was giving you credit for. Welldone.
posted: 11:52 am
Any striker who fails to take advantage of one on one chances like Mphela and Segolela did does not deserve to be on that team. I accept no excuse for that because the keeper is there to defend and a strikers job is to score them. This is the highest level and there are no second chances...we need world class strikers. Period!
posted: 12:00 pm
Two things were significant about that match last night and these are showing the direction we are taking as a footballing nation.
1. Defensive organisation: The ease with which we dealt with a national team renowned for their relentless attacking was impressive. At times we even managed to play the ball out of defense into the midfield as it the match was in Johannesburg.
2. Attack: The fact that we missed three of the match's more clear-cut chances shows our willingness to attack and our ability to create those chances. This means that we now have a clear game-plan that allows the team to shifting its focus from defense into attack at will and most importantly with great speed. It is highly unlikely for other national teams in the continent to attack our goal at will without suffering the consequences. Remember, not all of the African teams have the benefit of having El Hadary in goal.
posted: 12:47 pm
Bafana bafana for the future @ daren keet- allie nazeer,clayton daniels,cheyne fowler,danleigh borman-dean furman,lance davids(c),mathew pattison,andrew surman-bradley grobler,bradley ritson
posted: 12:50 pm
I wanna say congratulations 2 Bafana Bafana 4 their succes,we r very proud of u boys,well done 2 our scintillating coach,technicall staff and the boys at large,hey guys u we marvelous on that day.shapa bafana shapa
Van Basten
posted: 04:00 pm
Hope Jomo gets it right with Masibulele Zongo especially after watching Egypt's Mahmoud Shikabala giving Masilela a piece job. You see we do have those kind of players in the PSL but who coaches them,foreigners,hence they go AWOL. Mayambela mfana,hang in there boy ,we love you. We need someone who can have an attention of 2 players at once to make space for the other guys.
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