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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.

STARTING XIs:

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...

Marop wa le Downs
posted: 12:46 pm
Libaccanner
posted: 07:25 am
Lets not be too hard at Shabba, he i still the very same player who scored the opening world cup game, he just had a tough day in the office........

dude please, for how long should we pay for that goal? lets see, we didnt win that game. its nonsense that we still have to be mentioning that goal to this day. Phil Masinga scored that goal against congo, and we qualified for the WC. Mark williams scored those two goals and we won AFCON. those are the goals worth mentioning.
nobody actually cares about the nice cheecky penalty scored by zidane in the 2006 WC final against italy, simply because they lost the game. but everybody talks about the 2 headed goals he scored against brazil in 1998, because they won the world cup. he scored that goal, but we dont owe him, he must pull his socks or voetsek. we need consistency, not poor performance as he is doing now. whether it was an opening goal in the WC, on african soil, thats good, but hey, we have to move on.

just saying
twalop@cput.ac.za
posted: 02:35 pm
Afcon 23 man 2013 team.Kune,Keet,Joseph,Mathoho,Sangweni,Khumalo,Ngcongca,Matlaba,Gaxa,Masenamela,Fransman,Yeye,Furman,Digashwe,Chabangu,Maluleka,Shaba,Serero,May,Parker,Gabuza,Mphela,Nomvethe.
Fisrt 11 1Khune,2Gaxa,3Masinamela,4Sangweni,5Khumalo,6Furman,7Matlaba,8Yeye,9Parker,10Serero,11Lerato.
Sub.Keet,Mathoho,Ngcongca,Shaba,Digashwe,Maluleka,Mphela.
Lizile
posted: 06:29 pm
this is y moneep josephs will never be the south african number 1. SLIM KAT
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