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Bernard Parker brace as South Africa beat Mozambique

Posted: 11 September 2012 Time: 22:24

Bernard Parker’s goal in either half saw Bafana Bafana record a comfortable – if not overly convincing – 2-0 win against Mozambique at Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday night.

After the brave effort against Brazil on Friday, much was expected of Gordon Igesund’s men against a weakened Mambas side, and while they were impressive in patches, the familiar old problem of wasted chances again came back to haunt them.

Thankfully Parker brought his scoring boots and scored after just seven minutes after running onto Siphiwe Tshabalala’s well-weighted pass, scuffing his shot past the Mambas goalkeeper.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane almost netted three minutes later with a thunderous volley from outside the area, before captain Bongani Khumalo header over from a corner when completely unmarked.

Mozambique’s one decent chance of the half fell the way of Helder Pelembe, whose powerful shot from distance sailed inches over.

Lerato Chabangu curled a free-kick just over while Khumalo then scored a perfect header from Tshabalala’s free-kick, but it was wrongfully ruled offside.

The South Africans started the second half strongly and almost got a fortuitous goal when Parker’s low cross deflected off a defender and went just over the crossbar.

Parker again came close on the hour-mark when substitute May Mahlangu got free down the right and squared the ball, but the Chiefs’ man side-footed shot was tame and straight at the keeper.

Tshabalala had a great chance shortly afterwards when he was played through on goal, but the Mambas goalkeeper did well to spread himself and save the effort.

The game descended into a bit of a scrap after that, with Bafana struggling to create any chance of note, while Mozambique seemed content to limit the damage.

However, Bafana did finally add to their tally, and again Parker was the scorer – running onto debutant Tamsanqa Gabuza’s square-ball and beating the keeper with a low shot from outside the box.

Former Bidvest Wits defender Almiro Lobo was shown a second yellow late on as the Mambas were brought down to earth at Mbombela Stadium - though a Moeneeb Josephs error almost gave them something to smile about – and Igesund got that much-needed first win under his belt.


South Africa: Josephs – Gaxa, Sangweni, Khumalo (Fransman 70), Masenamela – Tshabalala (Matlaba 84), Furman (Mokotjo 90), Letsholonyane (Maluleka 62) – Serero (Mahlangu 55), Parker, Chabangu (Gabuza 74)

Mozambique: Logomale, Joao Mazive, Maculuve, Pamarra, Jumisse, Pilale, H Pelembe, Alberto, Chiluvane, Lobo, Zainadine Junior

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Previous comments on this story...

Tony B Ngcebo
posted: 11:10 pm
Who is the provider of the 1st goat? Shabaaa... Who the provider of Khumalo's disalowed goal? Shabaaa... Eintlik which game were u watching, NYAOPE VS WHOONGA??? Who won? ROJA JE SA/ ROJA DESA...
posted: 11:10 pm
Im a Khosi fan but what i just saw at shabba and letsholonyane, it's bultatash. I was asking my self what do league team do thay play at, what a poor performance i never saw from these guys...but never theless, what a good work for Parker, dat was from a fighting, passionate and commitment... And for overol, what a poor performans from Bafana. Improvement still needed
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 11:15 pm
It's going to be difficult for some players to get a call up to the national team.....these youngsters are hungry and they want to be in Brazil....i feel sorry for some players who are going to miss out on the AFCON 2013 and Brazil if we do qualify.....Mokotjo has been knocking at the door and he is ready....
posted: 11:16 pm
Let me give credit where it is due. After 12 shots at goal by Bernard Parker against Mozambique's under 21 team, we want congratulate him for putting on a good performance and scoring a brace. We hope it won't take him another 2 years to score for the national team again.

It is a pity though that Shabba picked up where he left off in Brazil just as he had promised. He gave the ball cheaply away, couldn't beat defenders in one on one situations, took weak shots, and again was indecisive when he had the ball in his possession. Credit must granted to him for creating the first goal of the match prior to all his nonsense. I recommend that he should be dropped for the match against Poland.

Dean Furman put on a man of the match performance. Very disciplined player, and can read the game, control the midfield, spreads the ball beautifully through the park, and seldom wastes possession.

Sangweni and Khumalo kept things tight at the back. Gaxa galloped well forward but needs to work more on his passes and crosses in the last third. Joseph kept yet another clean sheet. Chabangu and Serero were tired. You could just tell. But they had a fair game.

The ref was pure rubbish. I have spoken the truth and nothing but the truth.
CAF Rule 14.1
posted: 11:19 pm

the avarage age of the Mozambique team was 23years.....

this is mediocrcy at its best...how can you celebrate a hard fought 2-0 against such weak team...am stil not convinced with this Parker guy(first goal was just a misque shot) maybe Rantie can do better
posted: 11:23 pm
Yeah Moneeb kept a clean sheet but did he save anything? The selection of parker was questioned by many but he proved that he was there on merit! He had a good game against brazil and today he was great! Furman kept it simple! Khumalo look fit and strong ,sangweni is boss! We didn't miss the injured big man at all
posted: 11:25 pm
Gud Bafana
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 11:26 pm
Shabba easy take it easy......work harder and stay desciplined.....your exprience is still needed in the team.....you had a better game compared to the one against Brazil...but not the best game by your standards...dont try to hard to prove a point.....take the criticism and use it to better your game.....stay focused......
posted: 11:28 pm
I'm just waiting 4 the usual bunch of gorilla hypocrites, who criticized the coach & the team 4 losing gallantly against a star studded brazil team, who went all the way to the semis of the 2012 olympics, cause had we lost this game...lord knows how we would've had to deal with their narcissistic ramblings, about how they predicted all along that we would lose, mxm!!

Now that we've won...they'll claim that they won't celebrate a win against a weakened mozambique team... To be honest we don't care about your pessimistic views,we never did & we never will...u seem to suffer from selective memory lapses,when it suits u best...so u can all take a hike!!

Let the coach do his job,for flip's sake its only he's second match, but u can see that he's making progress slowly but surely & the boys are starting to play with renewed confidence, so its only a matter of time before we get the good results against credible teams!

Khosi & Bafana patriot till Marikana FC coaches stop coming up with lame excuses 4 quitting when their team gets massacred!!;-)
posted: 11:28 pm
Im not impressd with the attack finishing, Gordon should sharpen the boys upfround to be impresive
posted: 11:30 pm
@anti-zebra posted"Joseph kept yet another clean sheet".
After that sh*****t he did its a goodbye for him in the National team just like his friend Benni "Nandos" McDonald
posted: 11:30 pm
I am watching Chili and Columbia on SS7. This is the match of the day. All other games that played tonight were boring. At least this one is more entertaining. Falcao and James Rodriguez are natural talents. SAFA must sign them during the next transfer window lol
posted: 11:32 pm
Well played BB especially the second goal,iam impressed by Gabuza running to spaces,he needs more game time going forward to 2013 AFCON.A good replacement for Mphela and McCarthy for the future.
posted: 11:34 pm
Former Kaizer Chiefs leftback Fransman plays in the centreback. And he just saved domkat's a*s. Thats how Gordon trusted him.
posted: 11:37 pm
fistos posted: 11:30 pm |
@anti-zebra posted"Joseph kept yet
another clean sheet".
After that sh*****t he did its a goodbye for
him in the National team just like his friend
Benni "Nandos" McDonald
Boss relax. Don't be emotional. Do you want me to lie to you and say he did not keep yet another clean sheet? Whether you like it or not, Josephs will be recalled and that was definitely not his last game between the posts. I speak the truth. Hate it or love it.
posted: 11:45 pm
There were only 3 players from the team that beat Morocco on Sunday in that Mozambiquan team were playing tonight. The commentators would say, 19 year what what is coming on now. 18 year old what what is playing down the right. Don't fool yourselves thinking we beat a full strength team. In fact we should've thrashed that team considering that we had regular Bafana players. I'll leave the celebrating for those who throw street bashes after winning Mbombela and Macufe cups. Did I say Mbombela? Oops...didn't mean to bring Bobby into this
posted: 11:52 pm
@anti-zebra What special thing that "Dom-Kat" did??? nothing....he was just an ornament at those poles
posted: 12:07 am
Furman and Mokojo watch this space those boys are good, even though Mokojo only played for few mins he still looked good on the ball. as for Shabba SMH this guy needs to pull hiss socks up
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posted: 12:08 am
shaba is useles, yeye is nt lukng gud, nt a gud perfomance overal, we shud hv won by 5 goals
posted: 12:13 am
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