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Sierra Leone hold Bafana to a disastrous draw

Posted: 21 June 2008 Time: 16:33

South Africa drew 0-0 with Sierra Leone in their Nations Cup/World Cup qualifier at the Atteridgeville Super Stadium on Saturday.

South Africa began brightly, with Man of the Match Tsepo Masilela combining well with Steven Pienaar on the left flank, and Bryce Moon making some promising forays down the right.

In the 17th minute Masilela made a storming run down the left, beating a defender, but his final shot was a poor one.

Surprise Moriri had a chance in the 31st minute, but he stabbed his shot just wide. Four minutes later the Sierra Leone keeper Christian Caulker did well to deny Terror Fanteni after another nice run from Masilela.

In the 58th minute Teko Modise, who was having a fairly quiet game, had a shot on target, after some nice work by Bryce Moon to make space for the Pirates man, but the shot was stopped by Leone Stars keeper Christian Caulker.

In the 67th minute the keeper saved brilliantly from substitute Mashego. The ball came out to Moon who put in a cross which was put away, but the result was ruled offside, to the disbelief of the South African players.

Bevan Fransman released a powerful shot from a Pienaar corner in the 75th minute, but he blasted it over the bar.

South Africa were piling on the pressure by this time, with wave after wave of attack, but the Sierra Leone defence kept repelling their efforts.

Towards the end of the match Modise upped his game, and in the 79th minute he found Mashego with a long ball down the middle, but it went out for a corner, and the resulting set piece was easily cleared by the Sierra Leone defence.

In the final five minutes Bafana’s sense of urgency was intense, but they just couldn’t find a way through.

Bafana coach Joel Santana was downcast but hopeful after the game, saying: “They didn’t want to play and they fell all the time, and in soccer not always the best can win. Now we need to get six points, we need to win the last games.

"It’s not over … but sadly soccer’s like that. You have to understand that we are still preparing for 2010.”

South Africa 16 Itumeleng Khune 3 Tshepo Masilela 4 Aaron Mokoena 5 Bevan Fransman 6 Macbeth Sibaya (Lerato Chabangu 70th) 9 Surprise Moriri 10 Steven Pienaar (Delron Buckley 84) 11 Bryce Moon 12 Tsholofelo Modise 13 Kagiso Dikgacoi 17 Thembinkosi Fanteni (Katlego Mashego 62nd)

Sierra Leone 1 Christian Caulker 4 Ibrahim Koroma 6 Ibrahim Kargbo 7 Samuel Barlay 12 Paul Kpaka (Mamadou Bah 57th) 10 Mohammed Kallon 11 Sheriff Suma 15 Julius Wobay 14 Kei Kamara (Alfa Lansana 90th) 16 Warren Kanu (Albert Cole 73rd) 17 Umaru Bangura

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:40 pm
What????I'vry 3: Zebras 0, no no no, let me go and watch Euro2008, Spain Vs Italy, this is crap. God likes North Africa in footbal most than us down in Southern ok!!!
posted: 08:26 pm
TAKE NOTE,mr majalweng(SICK AND DEMENTED MAN)Let us face facts,Nigerian Super Eagles "where once" the power house of African football..that was in the 80s and 90s,they started crumbling when they started living on "pass glories",wot was the result?DISASTROUS outings even up until,the last nations cup held in Ghana.Am guiving this lectures so that feeble-minded idiots like majalweng people will learn a little history.My point here is...Nigeria has gone thru a lot of political turmoil including being labelled as being "corrupt".I ask u,is there any African or developing country in the world even the developed ones that is corruption free?Bcos 1 or 2 person are bad does not give u the impetus to insult the rest of hardworking people.If i say all South Africans are lazy,drunks and HIV positive(am sure thats wot u r suffering form mr majalweng),i will definitly be unfair to the teeming millions of innocent and hardworking south africans.I have to teach u this cos Sani Abach's era was one of the darkest moment in our country's history.BACK TO SOCCER....THE SUPER EAGLES learnt their lessons after 2008 AFCON and went back to the drawing board and u can see for urself the results coming from their recent competitive and non-competitive matches....4 MATCHES unbeaten record and without even conceeding a goal...topping the group with 12 points.When we criticise our national teams,it is with the intentions for them to improv on their performance.Let the bafana bafana go bak to the drawing board and get their acts together,we love every African team and would love to see the boys bounce bak again.Thanks to u Mr Sputla for being open minded about soccer in Africa.I rest my case.GD BLESS NIGERIA n AFRICA.
posted: 10:21 pm
Ugochukwu my broda from anada mada..majalweng is not from south africa..the way he talks about peace it clearly shows he is from Botswana..in Africa country ranked no: 1 in everything,democracy,peace,economic stability,humanity,free movement,african dollar,rich in everything..the only country in africa that doesnt have the syymbols you will find in ada african countries..though we are poor in soccer,slowely but surely one day we will be somewhere..in the world u can even google we fall mostly in top ten in the world in terms of anything that can be good about a country,development we are not that good like nigeria and SA even Zimbabwe..but the country its self it seems to be a blessing in disguise to be in africa..wish we cud have taken the iland owened by madagascar..and peacefull rest in peace cause Botswana doesnt look like an african country in anything..by the way Aids my country has a problem with it..so u better shut up and talk about soccer here..we are crying us batswana because southafrica is our neighbour..when they dont do good we feel bad for them,because our soccer got inspiration from their teams,players but not the current ones..
posted: 12:58 am
I urge south africans to keep quite if they dont have reasonable excuses to present.Last week sierra leone pitch is not condusive,after defeat and this week they dont want to play after drawing with the highly paper rated team.How do u want them to play like u,no they have a style of their own.You morrons keep underrating the leone stars but are busy causing setbacks.
posted: 06:36 am
If you want goals you need Benni - simple as that !
posted: 07:17 am

posted: 07:30 am
People, lets not mislead each other, Siera Leone is the fourth ranked country in our group, this means should we beat Nigeria and E Guinea in our last two matches, and hopeful we are among the best 8 runners up, then we are going to qualify because the results against Siera Leone will not count at all.
posted: 07:42 am
Come on now Kickoff should not take us for a ride in their reporting. Unless I was watching a different game - Fanteni missed a flurry of chances on Saturday and the Kickoff report is conspicously silent about that. Instead it only states that Sierra Leone keeper did well to deny Terror Fanteni which is far fetched from the truth! Fanteni was lethargic and not anywhere near the so-called player that Kickoff has been tauting to take over from Benni - refer to the latest Kickoff magazine cover page on sale. Kickoff was too quick to suggest Fanteni as a replacement for Benni and now I'm sure they regret it as the sales of this edition of Kickoff magazine may have been severly affected by Fanteni's poor showing in the last 2 matches. Be that as it may, Kickoff is under obligation to report accurately and without bias on this website - unless of course me and the Kickoff reporter were watching 2 different matches last Saturday - then someone should tell me that!
posted: 07:47 am
posted: 01:48 pm
hey my last comment was clear& straight forward 'get rid of this Santana man" and hire local coaches" period!Bafana Bafana hav forgotten that winning is about scoring goals but i dont see anyone in the current team who's capable of doing that.Stop being Xenophobic lest u want to get the full wrath 4rm fellow Africans. the Gods are watching u very closely. as for Botswana tough luck Zebras but u shld hav known beta that Ivory coast were going to be tougher @ their own backyard. my country Malawi lost by 2 gols last 9t but atleast they played well under the Egyptian flood lights. Go the Flames go...
posted: 03:35 pm
The pitch was bumpy. The weather in Pretoria was too hot. The hotel was like a guest house. Thats is why we lost. We created chances but we were unlucky. Bla, bla, bla.
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