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Zambia beat South Africa in Nelson Mandela Challenge

Posted: 14 November 2012 Time: 21:56

South Africa will have a lot of soul-searching to do before the Africa Cup of Nations after a very disappointing 1-0 Nelson Mandela Challenge defeat to Zambia at Soccer City on Wednesday night.

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Collins Mbesuma scored the only goal of the game just past the hour-mark, but it was a well below par performance from Gordon Igesund’s team – one that will have the nation worried just two months before the continental tournament.

It promised so much in the beginning though, with Bafana Bafana racing out of the blocks and Ricardo Nunes’ third-minute free-kick forcing a good block from Kennedy Mweene.

Five minutes later and Bernard Parker shot inches over from 20 yards out, before Zambia came into the game – Isaac Chansa stinging Itumeleng Khune’s hands after a mazy run which left two defenders in his wake.

Jacob Mulenga came closest on 17 minutes; his free-kick beating Khune, but also the upright by a matter of inches.

Bafana then suffered a blow when Tokelo Rantie was stretchered off on 27 minutes, replaced by Katlego Mashego.

Lerato Chabangu had his shot on the half-hour hit the roof of the net after a short-corner routine, but thereafter the game descended into a scrap which saw three players pick up yellow cards.

Bafana started the second half well, with Mshego having two half-chances early on which both sailed over.

However, it was Zambia who were to find the back of the net on 64 minutes – and a cracker it was! After some patient build-up play, substitute Mbesuma found himself with half-a-yard of space on the edge of the box, and his left-footed thunderbolt left Khune with no chance.

Ten minutes later and Chipolopolo almost made it two when Thabo Nthethe missed a cross and the ball fell to James Chamanga, but the former Moroka Swallows man could not react quick enough from six yards out.

Bafana had two decent chances soon afterwards – first Thuso Phala, making his debut from the bench, had his deflected shot acrobatically tipped over the bar by Mweene, before Kermit Erasmus, off balance, headed over after the Free State Stars goalie missed a corner.

Mbesuma had a very strong penalty appeal waved away late on, while Mweene produced an excellent save to deny Erasmus in the dying seconds, but the African champions were well worth the victory.

Bafana starting XI: Khune - Nthethe, Ngcongca, Khumalo, Nunes – Furman (Buckley 80th), Dikgacoi (Letsholonyane 64th) – Myeni (Phala 52nd), Parker (Erasmus 46th), Chabangu (Modise 73rd) – Rantie (Mashego 27th)

Zambia starting XI: Mweene, Musonda, Himoonde, Nkausu (Mbola 55th), Sunzu, Sinkala, Lungu (Njobvu (77th), J. Mulenga (Mbesuma 46th), Chansa (M Mulenga 60th), C. Katongo (Sakuwaha 60th), Mayuka (Chamanga 69th)

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:46 am
He hehehehehehehe when i call dis #### as a Apartheid Boer u were against me he just left players like Punch and Khuboni and went straight to Europe to search his lost brother, Eish
posted: 10:05 am
happy that it happened at home, no excusses.the 2 white boys are useless.is he trying to build a rainbow nation or what.should have started with Yeye but no u trying hard to sell the 2 boys. maybe their agents promised you something.
posted: 10:13 am
anti-zebraposted: 05:31 am  |  Report

I think I understand CJB Ramses III's plea to you. He is not suggesting a change in your attitude, but rather a change in name. For example, if I had your name, my first comments would have been based on Mbesuma, congratulating him for scoring the winner for his national team. I would be a BUCS SPOKESPERSON after all. It would have got nothing to do with my feelings, whether I like the fact that he scored or not. Your comments as a BUCS SPOKESPERSON should reflect and not be in conflict of the general view of Pirates.

Well I hear you,the above and the rest of what you said is noted.
My name stands and I will not change it as there is a greater purpose and reason behind the selection of that name.
Like it or not, Shaba is a National Icon
posted: 10:14 am
can someone explain why the coach did not try darren keet. I did say that we already know what khune can offer. he is a great keeper; no doubt about that. but let's give others a chance.
posted: 10:19 am
I once said this and I will say it again please don't call us to come and assits you to cry.as you were celebrating alone after beating that mozambician under 20 you can carry on doing the same even after this chipolopolo game don't do us favours when it suits you period
posted: 10:20 am
Lord Vinny (Treble Maniac)posted: 06:38 am  |  Report
You need to understand what position you putting yourself in when adopting such a heavy name. You cannot call yourself that but then be polaristic and seemingly diametrically opposed to the mind and view of The Ghost. Yes you are a man with your own view but you missing the point.

Allow me to quote and draw inspiration and humbly summon from the grave an extraordinary African battle pioneer and great mind, his name is Shaka Zulu "we are the separate flings that separate to form the backbone of an animal. In combat, we are ONE self - ONE mind!\". Allow me to further illustrate this point by quoting a Greek by the name of Leonidas - former king of Sparta "In combat we are one impenetrable unit - that is the source of our strength\".

We number in our multitudes on this site and we are all very intelligent and thus cannot always agree, but what we all agree on is speaking with one voice. That voice is refusing to tolerate substandards in the name of patriotism because we know better! It's funny because I for one never first read what The Ghost are saying and then post yet I always seem to echo them. I hope I have logically made my self clear and why such a name is inappropriate for you

The above is noted as well.
posted: 10:22 am
hey guys i hear chifs lost last nite hw true is tht, did Mbesuma score Itu Khune?
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:23 am
I do not understand the logic in calling us Barbarians, because we are entitled to our opinions. When we criticised Bafana BaChiefs for a loss against Brazil, we were insulted, when we criticisized again for the loss against Poland we were insulted again. We exercised our rights not to support Bafana BaChiefs if there is still favouritism about the team selection. You guys were against us and I still say again that I'm not going to support mediocre Chiefs players and you guys also said that Bafana Bafana is Bafana BaChiefs. Most of the players that are being selected are the same old faces that failed Bafana Bafana.
posted: 10:42 am
tebotouchposted: 06:59 am  |  Report
@bhakhaniya spokesperson

its either you change your name or you change you personal attitude to that cater bucs family not only on this blog but also in other platforms.
We as bucs you need to understand, we cant be drawed anymore in failures of our national team due to bias and shocking selections ... Well if you think for once it dont pain us then you need to stepdown in your high horse fellow bhakaniya.
I hear you Champ.
Thank You
posted: 10:48 am
The limelight seeker BhakaniyaSpokesman has been at this all-conquering quest on a directionless boat that always seems to crash into icebergs unabated...

That's alright, each man captians their own ship so he can continue on his course of self-mutilation...

After having observed this over time - I then asked BhakaniyaSpokesman to consider a name change... he asked why... I give him reasons that he took as a personal attack... and like a pompous air-head responded guns-blazing but completely missing the preverbial target, the point...

1. He's surprisingly tolerant of the substandards at national team level.

2. I was surprised at his nice chit-chatty relationship with Chiefs supporters - but feels the need to always call The Ghost to order whilst being A Khosi-Lover... ie his a fake

3. & lastly he is always disrespectful to The Ghost, feeling the need to always correct things that are not even up for correction accoringing to his level of "logic\"...

That's a summary of the reasons I put forward when asked why I'm suggesting a name change....

There's nothing about Chiefs vs Pirates vs Bafana...
@CJB Ramses
I hear you loud and clear
posted: 11:05 am
The self proclaimed king of "logic\" is dribbling himself....

By selectively quoting me you've created an antithesis thus confusing yourself....

Let me take it down a notch & fill it in for you hopefully at this level Mr Logic you can grasp : w-i-t-h t-h-e n-a-m-e y-o-u u-s-e y-o-u-r c-o-m-m-e-n-t-s s-u-g-g-e-s-t t-h-a-t y-o-u s-p-e-a-k o-n b-e-h-a-l-f o-f a-l-l o-f T-h-e G-h-o-s-t & t-h-a-t w-e s-h-a-r-e y-o-u-r u-n-b-e-c-o-m-in-g t-e-n-d-e-n-c-i-e-s.... & obviously we don't...
@CJB Ramses

Chop Su The Chief Champion!
posted: 11:14 am
Hehehe. them rats will make you laugh though.
posted: 11:52 am
In the South Gauteng High Court this morning, the Judge is asking a 4-yr old child of divorcing parents:

Judge: Do you want to go and stay with mum?
Child: No
Judge: Why?
Child: She will beat me
Judge: Do you want to go and stay with daddy?
Child: No
Judge: Why?
Child: He will beat me.
Judge: Who do you wanna stay with then?
Child: Bafana Bafana
Judge: May I know why?
Child: Coz everyone says they dont beat anyone!
Sekitla R4
posted: 11:53 am
Enough is Enough! It seems nothing outside Chiefs and Pirates is important. Every story line that has anything to do with these two teams unleashes a bickering between the supporters of the two teams.

Come guys, have a break and have coffee with GI
posted: 12:21 pm
i hope the coach was still testing his players and have seen who should come out and who should come in. we lost possession easily in the middle of the park. when we talk about Bafana we should not discriminate our players but should support them. Firstly Rantie was injured who had a very good chance to break that Zambia defense but was injured alot of players were injured which caused the coach to change his plan yes a coach should have plan b and unfortunately it was too late and thus did not work. moving forward the coach should try other players and combinations so he can have enough depth.
posted: 09:21 am
Ya ne, i dont mean to sound otherwise, but Coach is messing with us by playing his average White players , if white player need to be on the team they must be deserving -ly so,... not what he s doing, why keep player like Modise
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