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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: 10:19 pm
Baf'wethu let's not be dramatic and start calling for the coaches head.
Today and the next three friendlies will be used to assess the coaches options,in other words who the team needs and who must fall away(for example in my opinion Kagiso Dikgacoi,Bongani Khumalo)

I must say though I enjoyed seeing Khumalo getting skinned by Mbesuma,i-shibobo,trickery,skill and then he's left for dead.
Luis Suarez,Diego Forlan and Frank Ribery did the same to this guy.

Eventually it will all come together for the team,they are a work in progress and we need to be patient with them.
Khune is still a good keeper,Mbesuma packs a mighty shot I can't diss Khune for that.

Kuzolunga,namagents azohlangana with time
posted: 10:20 pm
Khumalo is a replica of Mbazo.......when Sangweni is not there the defence become very weak......we dont have a team here, group stage exist....no question......dont even n wht system gordon is planning to use.....why play ntethe while fransman is there? Gordon is taking us no were....he is just good at finding this whitey as for Dean'' Passback"' Furman...he is just not good enuf. the nick name i gavve him says it all..........so long as we play the likes of kenya, lesotho, mozambique and ceelebrate those win we not gaining anything
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 10:21 pm
Lol....even Ingasende is dizzy.....he is now saying this is nt a team..lol..kwa kwaaaaa!!!
A Pirate from Orlando
posted: 10:22 pm
Hahahaha! Bafana ba Chiefs were Mbesumarised by Mfana wa Pirates!
Ndoda Emnyama
posted: 10:23 pm
So Mbesuma the Pirates player scored against Hlokoloza Khune the chiefs player, Wow, anyway what can we expect when we re experiencing now and then with old tired players out of form and never include Teko wherever the is a Cup to be won Mr. coach you are doomed for failure. klaar
posted: 10:24 pm
Heheheee I can't stop laughing!!! Mbesuma made BKhumalo to look ordinary, the ref tried shem. GI is clueless, if BB was Pirates he was gonna be long gone by now.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 10:26 pm
I believe in this Bafana Bafana team........I was impressed by few players......I cant wait to see the final squad for the AFCON......
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 10:26 pm
@Matt/ Tremble4

hola my DTC how is u my Champ?
I see Mbusuma doing what he is famous of i.e braking hearts, so what does this tell us as Spiritual Owners of greatest team on the land about this guy?
Or maybe we mst start celebrating 3 goals past Khune within 15 min? Tell me Champ and dont forget to greet aboMosixy, Tzozo, Hlabarito and the rest of Migo.....with a middle finger!
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 10:26 pm
Lol even Mark Williams Ian dizzy at the studio lol....saying Mbesuma was in the kitchen......lol he was in the sitting room and released a rocket that left the age cheaper Khune seeing stars
posted: 10:27 pm
Poor poor poor!!!
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 10:27 pm
The following players should be dropped and NEVER ever be selected again: Dikgacow, Cowne, Cowmalo, Furman, that Nunes thing, Myeni( where did he get §o maÑy teeth?), buckley, Tshabalala, Cowboni, gaxa, jerre. Replace them with williams, mabizela, phungwayo, gcaba of pirates, lebese, secowlela, and we will get better!
Rio da General
posted: 10:27 pm
Yeye is da man Myeni Chabangu Phala Erasmus Khumalo Nunes Furman r nt Bafana MATERIALS.nd GI isn't da right man 4 da JoB whr is Bra Shakes
posted: 10:28 pm
As South Africans I think we need to stand up and support Bafana not the indivual players as some of peole do,I can't understand why people are blaming a single individual player.For inquisitive sake may I ask ,was Khune playing single handedly than should we blame him.We need to support the coach,and the rest of the team ,South Africa this is not politics but this is soccer the game of peace.
posted: 10:29 pm
Chansa single handedly out played Furman and Dikgacio. Furman is a cow and since these two are the first choice centre mids, I don't see anything other than a group stage exit for the national team.

GI does not know how to effectively use the talent Mzanzi possesses. Personally, even with that simple squad he had tonight, he should've beat Zambia. But he he is letting down the nation with his favoritism of international players over local based players. With that squad, the best available options to play at CM were Yeye and Teko. Not KG and that crab Furman. Punch is so much better than Nunes. Set piece specialist my foot. Myeni does not perform on the wings. He should be playing behind the strikers. Bongani Khumalo is a joke. OJ Mabizela is waaaaaaaaay better. Even Daniels would be a better option than Khumalo. But GI undermines the PSL and prefers overseas based players over our local based players. The Bafana job is too big for GI. Coaching a national team has its people. GI is not a national team coach.

Really what killed Bafana is that midfield. Dean 'Mr Crab' Furman and Kagiso Dikgacio are not Bafana material.
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 10:31 pm
The only Buccaneer who was at the pitch when the goal was scored was the goalscorer himself, Collins "Ntofontofo" Mbesuma. Dubula.! Mbesuma.! Dubula.! Bafana Bafana is a joke of a team.!

Mzansi's funniest was Mbesumarised..!!
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 10:31 pm
I mean we have no team with less than a month to go to AFCon. what a clueless useless sendeless coach.
posted: 10:32 pm
Why did Gordon n Serame start with a team without a play maker,dont tell me Lerato is a play maker, to make matters worse,Bafana always lacked in the box when they attacked because of Gordon's defensive approach.Yeye,Teko and Shabba are the most offensive players we had but he put them on the bench.Zambia played a waiting game and we did the same.stupit approach indeed
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 10:33 pm
The only Buccaneer who was at the pitch when the goal was scored was the goalscorer himself, Collins "Ntofontofo" Mbesuma. Dubula.! Mbesuma.! Dubula.! Bafana Bafana is a joke of a team.!

Mzansi's funniest was Mbesumarised..!! Hahahahahaaaaaa..!!!
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 10:33 pm
They claim not be interested in Bafana but they watched the whole game and they were the first to comment after the game....these hypocrites....only in SA where you find fans supporting the country and players who play against them......these idiots from Orlando....Mbesuma is proud Zambia if you dont know.
posted: 10:33 pm
Typically fat rats fans u not talking about that blood suckin vampire myeni only about mbesumba u fucken idiots that myeni aint #### he was proven this evening how dare u rats call that piece of #### myessi,what an insult to the god of football yibaninamahloni nina zinja.
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