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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...

Mosixty
posted: 10:08 pm
Only in SA where people hate their own. Maybe most of U who talk bad about Bafana.......r the offspring of those foreign man who come to SA to look for greener pastures
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 10:09 pm
Parker is useless....there was plenty of space for him and he did nt use it......he is a waste of space really....next time Ingasende must bench this proven cow of note and play with Myeni as a number 10. Myeni is nt effect as a wingers same as Teko....they are just frustrating them....we have natural wingers like Klate who cn do a better job on the wings.
Vez'ikhanda
posted: 10:09 pm
Nunens, Furman, Dikgacoi, Khumalo and Igesund........ The above mentioned COWS are the reason for Bafana Bafana's poor performance n dont deserve to be in dat set up.......Gordon thinks he is a magician who cn change cows like nunens, furman, KG and Khumalo in to stars.... What an impossible mission. Shapa Zambia Shapaaaaaaaa........ Ntofontofo. The Best Team has done it against a team dominated by COWS.
T'zozo
posted: 10:09 pm
Shame some Pirates fans are a real embarrassment to decent Pirates fans. Now they celebrate Zambia's victory as if they had anything to do with it.
Lacoste_AM-A-Khosi
posted: 10:09 pm
Bafana not convincing. The thought of selling my Afcon tickets did cross my mind but hey it's my country I gotta support this f@ggots.

This boys are never gonna win us anything.
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 10:09 pm
Igasende is jst a waste of money and time. Until when are we gonna watch a pink ass ruining the once might power house of Africa when it comes to footy ?
Igasende Pink ass, u are no longer needed plz resign immediately msunu opink!
longman
posted: 10:11 pm
Banana-banana failed to beat zambia @ their home!I wonder if their coach is stil on learning process lol.
Instead of playing mighty zambia, why can't they pay Tiger boys lol.
STRESSFREE IS A REAL KHOSI
posted: 10:11 pm
Furman & KG are the useless players
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 10:12 pm
Hahahahahahahahahahaha! A buccaneer scored! Lmao!!!!

Up the Bucs #FriendsOfChipolopolo
gotze p2
posted: 10:12 pm
yeye n teko shdv started replacing clueless myeni n tractor kg.
T'zozo
posted: 10:13 pm
Pirates fans are TRULY BARBARIC.
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 10:13 pm
Only my beloved sundowns are kakier than what I witnessed tonight. I actually thought Aaron Mokoena was the worst player even in a Bafana jersey, but I apologise for robbing Bongani Khumalo of that title! Did he even see that spytwo? I have always said let's select Mabizela, to replace Cowmalo. Guys that man, he's a calf! I now fully concur with those who say jali should play for bafana, and add to the cows
El Kampion
posted: 10:14 pm
Furman, what a waste of space....losing too much possesion for a defensive midfielder

Dec 8

Same goalkeeper vs Same Striker

Hotlo nyewa
El Kampion
posted: 10:14 pm
Furman, what a waste of space....losing too much possesion for a defensive midfielder

Dec 8

Same goalkeeper vs Same Striker

Hotlo nyewa
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 10:16 pm
Lol.....apparently Mzansi no1 is still confused & blaming his defenders. lol he does not know what hit him...Madala is still dizzy
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 10:17 pm
Chipolopolo..! Dubula..! Dubula.!

Mbesuma exposed Mzansi's funniest..! That's what will happen on the 8th December..!!!
bongs.malapile@yahoo.com
posted: 10:17 pm
Another Mbazo Aaron Mokoena in our captain Khumalo. This boy is a cow and clueless about defending. He was protected by Morgan Gould at Supersport now look at him. A real cow cow. South Africa is cursed with cowcaptains. GI will never drop him bcos he is the leader of this cows. Bongani Khumalo must be dropped a thrown out of Bafana otherwise I see another embarassment in the AFCON. The referee robbed Chipolopolo it was suppose to be 2-0 after a locally playing Mbesuma fried a captaincow playing overseas.
KC OUR RELIGION
posted: 10:17 pm
I have never seen stupid fans like Pirates fans here they are celebrating Mbesuma's goal against their very own country, retards!!
El Sol
posted: 10:18 pm
Ntethe is now a central defender? Wow, Mashamaite deserves a call-up..Myeni,KG,KHUMALO,NTETHE,BUCKLEY,PHALA should not participate kwi Afcon..ARSEHOLES..
Asernal 4 ever----Amen.
posted: 10:18 pm
Idiots, this aint about Chiefs or Pirates bt da national team that lost against "AFRICAN CHAMPS". we as SA r nt world beaters yet, lets b patiant with da coach. Well done to, Erasmus, Yeye & Teko.
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