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Posted: 19 January 2013 Time: 17:29

The opening match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations between South Africa and Cape Verde Islands at Soccer City was one to forget as it finished in a goalless draw. 

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In was a game the capacity crowd would want to forget as soon as possible as it lacked any quality, with neither side being able to string together meaningful passes or create much in terms of scoring chances.

The hosts had an early chance to take the lead – Thuso Phala won a free-kick on the right and Siphiwe Tshabalala whipped in a curling effort, but Bernard Parker could not steer his near-post header on target.

On 13 minutes there was another chance for Bafana when they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area, but Shabba’s shot was a tame one and went straight into the arms of goalkeeper Vozinha.

Then the half’s best chance. South Africa’s shaky defence was found out prior to the tournament, and it showed no signs of improvement when Babanco’s through-ball put Platini one-on-one with Itumeleng Khune, but he dragged his shot woefully wide.

Nerves were showing on both sides and chances were few and far between as a result of misplaced passes and the wet conditions, but Cape Verde had one more opportunity towards the end of the half after Bafana failed to deal with a corner, but Mendes fired over from a tight angle.

Lerato Chabangu came on for Kagisho Dikgacoi at the start of the second half, and he immediately tried to make an impact with an audacious bicycle kick, but the connection was poor.

Then, on 58 minutes, the closest Bafana came to a goal. Lehlohonolo Majoro ran onto a long ball and cut inside to feed Parker. The ball was taken off his feet but fell to Tshabalala, but his shot was bravely saved by the keeper.

The game then descended into a scrap of note as both teams showed a lack of quality and ability to adapt to the wet conditions, but Cape Verde did have one more good opportunity with 15 minutes to go. Some more poor defending allowed Heldon with a diving header, but Khune managed to tip the ball around the corner.

Thabo Matlaba had one last effort towards the end of the match when he was teed up by Chabangu, but it was deflected wide. From the resulting corner, Khumalo headed over – a great chance missed yet again.

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Previous comments on this story...

Nipsy
posted: 07:02 pm
The Ref is making our boys to play with fear, the Ref is the Man of the Match so far. He doesn't allow the game to flow
Nipsy
posted: 07:06 pm
KG out this is good, hope chabangu will do the job, I wanted to see Manyisa.
The CV Chef MUST Die
posted: 07:06 pm
There is nothing wrong with the Ref, these boys can hardly combine four passes.
True Fuckn Player.
posted: 07:55 pm
Bafana badraw the history wil repeat it self here we wont score even a single in dc AFCON
yafeu
posted: 07:57 pm
South Africa must pay Inyanga finish and klaar.I never saw such a borring game what a such kak diisplay.Openning game so swaak hayi South Africa is goin no where.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 07:57 pm
There are no news here...
tebotouch
posted: 07:59 pm
lol hahahaha bafana bachiefs nogal !!!
CJB Ramses III
posted: 08:00 pm
Roberta Flack singing.... **....Dêjavu....**
candyman
posted: 08:01 pm
EXACTLY AS I PREDICTED ALL THE INEXPERIENCED GUYS JST FROZE,MATLABA,PHALA MAJORO'S FIRST TOUCH WAS TERRIBLE,PARKER NOWHERE,SHABBA AWFULL SERERO,,THE WHOLE TEAM WAS A DISASTER... WATCHING ANYMORE GAMES PLAYED BY THESE CLOWNS WUD BE A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME
CJB Ramses III
posted: 08:02 pm
Best part of the game.... Baba Mthetwa... atleast I got some chuckles....
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 08:02 pm
Today I saw Gordon's hand. It was Majoro & mediocre tactics. GI tactics mimicked Kaizer Chiefs way of play. I wonder why GI did that because the CV chef failed the nation years ago.

I argued that all the strikers GI chose are the same, today again I was proviven right. There was not different dimention provided by our strikers as they both offered the same.

Our midfield was what I proffesized it to be, weak. It would have been worse had Furman played.


Prayers & wishes will never win BB games but hardwork will, unfortunately the current players lack the talent to even do so.
Geel boy
posted: 08:03 pm
FACT: tshabalala, parcow and majoro play cow dung, period
candyman
posted: 08:04 pm
EXACTLY AS I PREDICTED ALL THE INEXPERIENCED GUYS JST FROZE,MATLABA,PHALA MAJORO'S FIRST TOUCH WAS TERRIBLE,PARKER NOWHERE,SHABBA AWFULL SERERO,,THE WHOLE TEAM WAS A DISASTER... WATCHING ANYMORE GAMES PLAYED BY THESE CLOWNS WUD BE A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME
CJB Ramses III
posted: 08:05 pm
You can just see the Matlaba is missing the pace & intelligence of his club teammates...
Nipsy
posted: 08:05 pm
First AFCON match to end 0-0, bad history in the making. All is not lost Haaaauweng.
masese4khosi
posted: 08:05 pm
Bull Sh***t, that's wat happenz wen u r not selecting proper players. We cried about AJ15, Teko n Kadi n we were called names. Look @ this nonsense. Tshabalala's time is up, Phala uyinkomo full stop!
Lord Vincent
posted: 08:06 pm
Football 101 was indocritaned at the University of Orlando! What we have been preaching for months is coming to pass. We told them there is no way in hell this team will achieve anything with a bunch of recycled and glorified failures and they insulted us.

We demanded the very best and they called us unpatriotic failing to realize they themselves were unpatriotic by refusing to join us in saying we shall never accept mediocrity to be shoved down our throats. Where are they now? This team will not get better. They will keep on proving us right!
betel
posted: 08:06 pm
lyk i syd b4 de gm baf baf alwys dsapoint,i hp thy cn win th nxt gm,bt i jst dnt blv i dem...........y wz shabba subd?...i dnt blam sereros fitness i blam de coach 4 selecting him.......de same goes 4 mphela........gordn u r skating on thin eyes madala!!!!
mseshifc
posted: 08:07 pm
well done bafana baZooooooooomaaa he said u must relax... well done relax again for the next two games ok..
Rio da General
posted: 08:07 pm
Proteas Springbok ASA CHIEFS Makes da Nation Proud bt Bafana alwys disappoint.Please GI next Game against Morroco XI Khune Gaxa Masilela Nthethe Sangweni Letsholonyane Manyesa Mahlangu Tshabalala Serero Mphela.
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