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Under-23s let it slip again against Gabon

Posted: 30 November 2011 Time: 21:44

South Africa will have to go into their final match at the CAF Under-23 Championships to determine their Olympic fate following a 1-1 draw against Gabon on Wednesday night.

‘Baby Bafana’ drew their opening match against Ivory Coast 1-1, and it was a similar situation as they once again took the lead against the Gabonese, but then lost concentration and conceded late on.

And that will be such a bitter pill for Shakes Mashaba to swallow after a game in which the dominated possession for large parts, and also had numerous clear-cut goalscoring chances.

Sameegh Doutie had a goalbound shot blocked on 20 minutes before Ace Bhengu hit the upright with his diving header later on.

However, there was no stopping Mandla Masango’s headed effort five minutes before the break – the Kaizer Chiefs man finishing off after Rodney Ramolega’s deflected cross came his way.

Substitute Bhongu Jayiya then missed a free header from six yards out just past the hour-mark, and South Africa were made to pay for that when some poor marking from a corner allowed Lengoualama to head home with 10 minutes remaining.

Gabon had goalkeeper Mikiela sent off five minutes from time for a bad challenge on Jabulani Shongwe, but some serious time-wasting and inept officiating meant South Africa didn’t have a chance to capitalize on the advantage.

SA U23 starting XI: Brilliant Khuzwayo - Phumelele Bhengu, Sibusiso Mxoyana, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Gladwin Shitolo - Thandani Ntshumayelo, Sameehg Doutie, Mandla Masango (Zulu 67), Jabulani Shongwe - Riaan Eugene (Jayiya 54), Rodney Ramagalela (Khumalo 60)

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:54 am
We still stand a good chance to qualify for the semi-finals & the Olympics as well. Keep your heads up boys, I know you will make it!!!

KhosiNation aka Mampodi
posted: 10:16 am
No one is celebrating a draw here, we are all disapointed unfortunately that is what happened we drew and we have to live with it.

But to be honest under 23s play much better football than Bafana, I am sure they can beat the senior team. I was watching that game with some foreigners yesterday, they were quite the whole game up until gabon scored and they started talking too much playing down SA footbal and shit.

My opinion is that it is wrong the boys went that far because they did well. They play to win they are playing a very tough competion. Even if they do not qualify I wont blame them I still feel we needed rantie or ndulula there anyway politics is part of our daily lifes.

I am dissapointed with people who want to see the team fail so that they can boast their egos by talking a whole lot of dust. This under 23 has never let us down we just have to support them and hope they win their final game, rather blame Bafana players not this guys.
Bra Aubs
posted: 11:27 am
boring game, boring tactics... not sure why they are playing long balls? Shakes has lost the plot its better to fail here then go and get humuliated at the olympics
9000 Seconds (Precision Engineering)
posted: 12:08 pm
Shakes Mashaba, eish, wats wrong with BEE coaches and defending. Pitso and Mashaba are begining to piss me off. Mashaba your team plays better. Should we hire Dollezar?? Attack Attack Attack
posted: 09:38 pm
tlogelang bra Shakes Mashaba pls....he knows exactly what he is doing because we're going to qualify, whether mang wa nyaka goba gaa nyake...re ilo goja Egypt lena le lebeleleng!!! Boys, south africa is behind you.....
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