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Bafana Bafana beat Kenya in international friendly

Posted: 16 October 2012 Time: 19:55

It took an own-goal to secure victory, but Bafana Bafana eventually got the job done against a plucky Kenyan side in an international friendly in Nairobi.

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The South Africans led at the break through Tokelo Rantie, but Kenya equalised from the spot through Dennis Oliech. However, an own-goal from Christopher Wekesa proved the decisive moment of the match.

Bafana should have been two goals to the good before the opening goal, with Siphiwe Tshabalala missing a sitter from six yards out, before Rantie skewed a drive wide when ‘Shabba’ partially cleared cross fell at his feet on the edge of the area.

However, the Swedish-based striker made no mistake on 20 minutes, expertly finishing past goalkeeper Origi after a great pass from Lerato Chabangu.

Nine minute later and Rantie almost had another – his clever take from a throw-in saw him beat one defender, but his shot was straight at the Kenyan number one.

Rantie had another chance on 38 minutes, but his long-range header lacked the pace to trouble the goalkeeper.

Kenya thought they had a penalty just before the break when their striker went down under a challenge from Siyabonga Sangweni, but the referee adjudged it a dive instead and booked the player for simulation.

Bafana were forced into an early change when Sifiso Myeni came on for a ‘dizzy’ Tshabalala at the start of the second half – a half which was very scrappy to start with an lacked the intensity of the first 45.

The first real chance came on the hour-mark when Dino Ndlovu, who had just come on for Tokelo Rantie, hit the post from close-range after a goalmouth scramble from Ricardo Nunes’ corner-kick.

Two minutes later and Dean Furman was at the end of a nice build-up, but his shot from the edge of the area hardly troubled the goalie.

Then, on 72 minutes, Kenya equalised from the penalty spot through Dennis Oliech, who converted after Bongani Khumalo was blown up for hand-ball.

However, the lead lasted but three minutes as Kenyan centre-back Christopher Wekesa headed into his own net from Bernard Parker’s ball across the face of goal.

The hosts pushed hard for an equaliser, with substitute Orito missing a free header with 10 minutes to go, while Bafana had a lucky escape when Wayne Sandilands flapped at the ball, but it went out for a goal-kick instead.

Kenya starting XI: Origi, Asike, Kokoyo, Mandela, Wekesa, Wanyama, Osiako, Opiyo, Kahata, Oliech, Kemboi

Subs used: Wafula, Timbe, Monday, Arita, Situma

SA starting XI: Sandilands, Nthethe, Sangweni, Khumalo, Nunes, Chabangu, Furman, Dikgacoi, Tshabalala, Parker, Rantie

Subs used: Myeni, Ndlovu, Manyisa, Fransman

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Previous comments on this story...

tati
posted: 08:15 am
The second goal would have been a perfect one had the cross reached Myeni. Parker's idea was right and i like the way he played in the second half after Siphiwe was substituted. Bafana x2 players must play their hearts out even if playing the likes of Swaziland. Nation pride is at stake, that philosophy of VV and Palacious of players playing for themselves and their families is bull.

Like i said earlier Shabba should be rested, i believe he would have made a major difference had he came on as a sub. Can SAFA please ask Gordon why did he substitute in the last minute of the game. No player deserves such treatment irrespective of what team he plays for. Some blogger is busy saying some players are a taxpayers money waste, SAFA is not a government dept stop that nonsense. Kenya's coach knows what building for the future is, most of their players are under 20yrs and they could string passes better than Bafana.
Liesbeeck
posted: 08:58 am
Manposted: 09:33 pm | Report anti-zebra
posted: 09:13 pm | Report

Pirates won their last games becuase of the middle-man...
I mean why should you win all your matches with the help of the middle-man.......... awarded you penalties .
I'm sure Zandile Jial is excited about that
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I know that its difficult for some chips fans to understand what qualifies to be a penalty after seeing the likes of zwane holding a goal-bound ball by hands inside 18-area & not charged, and a certain sweswe doing the same..However, they dont have a problem when their team , and any other team gets a penalty, except Pirates, with Pirates, its bcos ref is helping Pirates. I must say Pirates double treble has put a lot of pressure on anyone associated with chips hence desperate slogans like 'rise cowsi rise', 'reclaiming the glory', which all yielded NOTHING, no cup.
Liesbeeck
posted: 09:07 am
Mosixtyposted: 09:35 pm | Report
The selection of Manyisa was just to please the gorillas but honestly he is not a bafana bafana material.
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'Bafana Bafana material"? which Bafana, the one that struggles against the likes of kenya, botswana, ethiopia nowadays? who are 'BAFANA material' players & what have they achieved with Bafana or ashould I ask , what have they contributed to Bafana achieving?
Champ Lucho
posted: 12:14 pm
That was not going to be an ongoal should have Parker not pushed.
Anonymous
posted: 11:35 am
Who and where is Ken ya? lol
Anonymous
posted: 11:36 am
Christopher Wekesa ...i wonder ho much he got? ;)
Piouz
posted: 11:51 am
a win is a win..... as lolng as it hits the net ke goal papa
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