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Impressive Bafana down Angola in 2013 AFCON

Posted: 23 January 2013 Time: 17:56

South Africa finally produced a performance worth celebrating as they beat Angola 2-0 in Durban in their second match of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

After the dismal effort against Cape Verde, Bafana Bafana looked a different side as goals from Siyabonga Sangweni and Lehlohonolo Majoro secured the vital three points.

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The attacking line-up selected by Gordon Igesund paid dividends as the hosts – bar an early shot from Mateus which Itumeleng Khune tipped round the post – dominated the first half.

And after a hopeful early effort from Katlego Mphela, the Bafana's first real chance fell to an unmarked Sangweni, who completely missed Thuso Phala’s curling free-kick into the area.

Dean Furman was proving a handful for the Angolans with his ball-winning abilities, and one such tackle saw him get up immediately and try and chip goalkeeper Lama, but the effort landed on the roof of the net.

Tokelo Rantie was also looking sharp and his partnership with Mphela yielded a few half-chances, but none that troubled Lama.

However, on 30 minutes the keeper did have a job to do – to pick the ball out the back of the net.

Bernard Parker’s free-kick was not cleared by the Angolan defence, allowing Sangweni to sneak round the back and volley across the face of goal and into the back of the net.

It was no more than Bafana deserved for some enterprising play which was lacking against Cape Verde, though Mateus had a chance late in the half when the ball dropped to him in the box, but his shot was rushed and way over.

Angola came out with more fire in the second half and almost levelled six minutes in when the impressive Mateus found Guilherme Afonso, whose snap-shot looked to be going in before Khune got down well to save.

Three minutes later and Furman was inches away from his first ever international goal, but for a fine tip around the post by Lama.

However, the keeper had no answer on 62 minutes as Bafana scored their second goal. Substitute Majoro, with his first touch of the game, ran onto a long ball from Reneilwe Letsholonyane and beat one defender before slotting through the goalie’s legs.

Mateus hit a shot straight at Khune shortly afterwards, but it was Bafana who came closest to adding to their tally when Mphela’s cross found Majoro’s, whose snap-shot went narrowly wide.

Angola came into the game more in the final 10 minutes but, a Manucho header which Khune saved aside, were unable to really trouble the Bafana backline.

In fact, Majoro came close to adding to a third in injury-time when he ran onto a long-ball and chipped the goalie, but the ball went well wide when he should have done much better.

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AWAY: Angola

Previous comments on this story...

Gcwabe(The Bank Robber)
posted: 06:56 pm
These Zimrats sound really foolish now, let them go support their Zambia!
Hangwanie
posted: 06:56 pm
What a derby - Pirates(Sangweni) en Chiefs(Majoro). Well done Bafana Bafana. GI must bench Thuso Phala.
Boni
posted: 06:56 pm
Furman is class!
mmdshakur
posted: 06:58 pm
That was an impressive performance from SA team. Enjoy this win and please don't be carried away by it. Better and strong test ahead..
Champ of all
posted: 06:58 pm
Now wena Ingasende stop crammming....hope u know now we don't need the paraplegic 1 footed Nyawana. Let him sit the whole tournament and take notes from the champ sangweni on how to use both feet.
Timitayol
posted: 06:58 pm
The major himself
Khosi my Religion - 2012/2013 PSL Champions
posted: 06:59 pm
so sangweni scores and all of a sudden the bafana has the support of rats fans!!
prestonh
posted: 06:59 pm
Much beta performance- definately more HUNGER! I can't really fauly any player, mphela tried also. GI- please give ACE more time not 13mins! Other than that- well done- let's hear wat the other bloggers say...
Timitayol
posted: 06:59 pm
Gud goals by Sangweni and Majoooooooooro
smambo
posted: 06:59 pm
Bravo Bafana Bravo , Now we celebration ,the Nation is celebrating ,we knew that there is potential in this Bafana team, hardluck to blogger who clueless about football who predicted Bafana doomsday
prestonh
posted: 06:59 pm
Much beta performance- definately more HUNGER! I can't really fault any player, mphela tried also. GI- please give ACE more time not 13mins! Other than that- well done- let's hear wat the other bloggers say...
Rhuu 4 da champs! OPFC
posted: 07:00 pm
Atleast nw we knw why we hvnt being doing wel, its bcoz of da 1leggd man called shabcow,ufile lobaba GI bench ths cow nd we r off 2 da semis along wit kg...wel done 2 my man of da match siya nd furman prvd me wrong...
Champion(F-O-U-R)ZiziDKhosi
posted: 07:01 pm
Hhe Hhe Furman mulungu, hhe hhe Gordon is racisct kuphi kona, let them rats speak now
Rodger must goooooo,fullstop
posted: 07:01 pm
Furman, Rantie,Ntsimbi ,and the rest of the team,dankie boys
stuartbaxter4chiefs
posted: 07:01 pm
Well done Bafana Bafana you have made us proud, haters have eaten HUMBLE PIE. Now go on and qualify for the next round we are behind you all the way.
El Kampion
posted: 07:01 pm
I will like to thank my big friend Neil Tovey for this victory....he called a spade a spade and now the nation have hope again

My dearest friend,i salute you....there is a room of improvement though
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 07:02 pm
According to the doom sayers Bafana Bafana will complete their group matches with no more than 3 points...
Champ of all
posted: 07:03 pm
Sangweni is my man of the match...defended well & scored s beauty. Congradulations to majoro cow for scoring. furman was very gud.
The genius
posted: 07:03 pm
I think Furman and Letsholonyane will do wonders for us.
Boni
posted: 07:03 pm
Furman is class
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