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South Africa draw 0-0 with Algeria in Africa Cup of Nations warm-up match

Posted: 12 January 2013 Time: 22:37

Bafana Bafana lacked spark as they played out a goalless draw with Algeria at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

Gallery of the action here!

The closest chances of the match fell to Katlego Mphela and Bernard Parker in the first half, but overall Bafana were uninspiring.

Kagisho Dikgacoi and Katlego Mphela reached 50 caps on the day, but it will be a match they would rather forget than remember.

Both teams felt each other out in the opening minutes, with Thabo Matlaba and Parker the most enterprising for Bafana at the start.

Siyabonga Sangweni had a pot-shot on goal on 15 minutes, off which Algeria grabbed the ball and went on a counter-attack. Luckily for Bafana the final cross was over everyone’s heads in the box and went out for a throw-in.

Five minutes later Thulani Serero sent a great ball into the box from the right straight to Dikgacoi, who attempted a bicycle-kick, missing the ball completely.

Gallery of the action here!

It was bad decision making from 'KG', who had plenty of time to bring the ball down and have a shot.

Three minutes later Algeria showed their mettle when Islam Slimani showed some fantastic skill to slip past his man and pass to Fouad Kadir, who sliced his shot wide.

As Algeria were stringing some passes around at the edge of the box, the ball was cleared by Sangweni and Bafana went on the counter-attack, with Parker sending the ball up field to Phala.

There was too much weight on the ball but Phala’s pace came through for him and he got to it, winning a corner, which was immediately wasted.

Bafana nearly went ahead on the half-hour mark Parker’s incisive corner reached the far corner of the box, where Sangweni was approaching for the header, but the ball was plucked from in front of him by Algeria goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi.

There was some nice work from Bafana a few minutes later, when Serero ran through the middle and sent a ball out to Anele Ngconga on the right, who passed back to Dikgacoi at the edge of the box, but his shot floated over the bar.

Algeria then had a corner, and almost managed to score with just Essaid Belkalem in the box, but he pinged his shot over the bar.

Bafana’s two best chances came just before half-time.

First, after a wayward Algeria pass Mphela used his strength to shoulder past his marker and get a shot away, but it was blocked well by the keeper's legs.

Then, after neat build-up play involving Furman, Parker got a shot away, but there was not enough power on it and it was easily saved.

Algeria then had their best chance of the half, from a strong free-kick, reached Belkalem, who glanced a header just over the bar.

Siboniso Gaxa started the second half in place of Ngcongca, and a few minutes later Siphiwe Tshabalala and Reneilwe Letsholonyane came on for Serero and Furman.

‘Yeye’ had a chance on goal just before the hour-mark, when he found himself in space on the edge of the box, did well to turn and shoot, but the shot was weak, got a slight deflection, and went wide.

 It was Tshabalala’s turn next, after Phala showed his pace down the right flank and, although he could not beat his marker, he managed to get the ball to ‘Shabba’ on the left, whose shot was high.

Shabba had another decent chance on 65 minutes: after a long free-kick from Gaxa, he chested down and took a shot, which dipped late and went over the bar.

Gaxa did well to clear a dangerous, low Algeria cross seconds later, diving to clear for a corner just before it crossed goal.

Bafana had a penalty appeal turned down 15 minutes from time, when Parker slipped the ball through to Rantie and Phala in the box. Rantie was held back by a defender, but he was offside anyway.

The match descended into a lull from then on, with niggly fouls and yellow cards the only real action.

Two minutes from time Bafana had a corner, sent in by Shabba, and Parker rose highest, but headed just wide, and a few minutes later the stalemate was confirmed by the final whistle.

Gallery of the action here!

South Africa XI: Itumeleng Khune, Anele Ngcongca (Siboniso Gaxa 45), Thabo Matlaba, Bongani Khumalo, Siyabonga Sangweni, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Thuso Phala, Dean Furman (Reneilwe Letsholonyane 54), Katlego Mphela (Tokelo Rantie 61), Thulani Serero (Siphiwe Tshabalala 53), Bernard Parker

Algeria XI: Rais Ouheb Mbouli, Carl Medjani, Djamel Mesbah, Essad Belkalem, Mehdi Mostefa Sbaa, Foued Kadir, Hamer Bouazza, Khaled Lemmouchia, Sofiane Feghouli, Adlene Guedioura, Islam Slimani

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Previous comments on this story...

TMG 2009
posted: 11:14 pm
Batho ba tlile go bolawa ke dipelo...dont watch , support or worry ursleves if u think they wont do anything beta...jst do something beta withnur time than getting urselves heart attacks!!!!

Wether we lose or win fact remains all those who have SA citizenship will b called winners or losers more especially those born in this country...so screaming and throwing childish insults will not change any of u in to some ZAMBIAN OR IVORIAN....so chill and stop hurting urselves!!!! Blaming the coach wont help either we have a bunch of useless players in this country period...as for MYENI he was given a chance and failed, i do understand for JALI AND KLATE they were given enough chance especially for JALI who we all kmow what he can do cos this FURMAN & KG thing is jst waiting to explode in our faces...anyway gudluck for the 19th boys, we ahve no choice but to be behind u all the way. U r the chosen ones to carry our hopes even though u playing twaakkkkkk....
A Pirate from Orlando
posted: 11:15 pm
Stupidity is when you ignore players that have won championship or treble back to back, and choose the players from a team that got position five on the log; and thereafter expect us, the Champs, to owe our allegiance to those failures! That's pure stupidity...idiocy at its best! If the seven players from zebra cannot have two medals combined, then what do you hope they will offer against the best of Africa? Nothing, Zilch, Nada, Lutho, Letho, Niks, Haba! Bloody cows!
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 11:15 pm
Gold

posted: 11:05 pm | Report

ChampTrebleManiacMophemeposted: 10:45 pm | Report
To be honest Gordon will regret letting Sfiso Myeni, Daine Klate and Andile Jali out of the team. He needs them more than he actually realises. This team lacks creativity and it looks like it will not score any goal anytime soon..! The attacking line lacks ideas totally. There is no much hope..!!

Good game by Thabo Matlaba and the rest however..! I think the starting line-up was more attractive and the subs was a little bit off target..!!
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Pathetic fool still crying over spilt milk, get ova your self Gorilla, those three Gorillas didn't make the cut so you can Go and suck their balls if will make you betta or them!
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If you know what is good for you, you better stop talking to me like that because I will put you in your place should I lose patience with you..! Chimpanzee..!!
Gold
posted: 11:17 pm
ChampTrebleManiacMophemeposted: 11:07 pm  |  Report
Gordon subs today:
Ncgoncga out, Gaxa in (wrong move) not necessary,
Furman out, Letsholonyane in (wrong move) KG was supposed to be substituted,
Serero out, Tshabalala in (wrong move) Phala was supposed to be sustituted,
Mphela out, Rantie in (correct)
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Mphela out, Rantie in (wrong) Majoro better playa! Doesn't that sound childish, this is not club level issues stop your hooligan behaviour here
ticolby
posted: 11:18 pm
da performance wsnt bad s ds jorno makes it to be,
1 khune had a quite game, his cmmunctn good (6)
2 anele did well gng up n down gv support to phala nicely (6)
3 matlaba good game gng up n down nvr caught off position (6)
4 sangweni did well bt ws nver challanged (5)
5khumali, lyk sangweni he ws nvr chllnhd too (5)
6 kg was poor loose ball smple, @ tyms hold it lng (3)
7furman played well bt most of hs passes went side ways bt dd well (6)
8 serero he was poor (4)
9 mphela, today he ws lady, he cldn't ply wth hs back (4)
10 phala did well bt he need to wrk on his 1st touch as s poor
11 Parker he dd well dropng inside n outsde
Anti-Zebra
posted: 11:18 pm
@ChampTrebleManiacMopheme

You are right. There is no creativity in that team. I love Barcelona's philosophy. It's like they have no problem with the opposition scoring, but they're certain that they will out-score their opponents. Bafunny and other clowns were busy blaming defense for the loss against a third string Norwegian side, and they overlooked the fact that they could not even score. Players like Simphiwe Tshabalala don't add any value to the team. They are just matter. That is to say, they have mass and just occupy space. There is nothing else they can offer the team. Not one of those substitutes could change the game and this should be Gordon's biggest worry. Jali, Klate and Myeni....watching from the stands.....

GI is insane
Gold
posted: 11:23 pm
ChampTrebleManiacMophemeposted: 11:15 pm  |  Report
Gold

posted: 11:05 pm | Report

ChampTrebleManiacMophemeposted: 10:45 pm | Report
To be honest Gordon will regret letting Sfiso Myeni, Daine Klate and Andile Jali out of the team. He needs them more than he actually realises. This team lacks creativity and it looks like it will not score any goal anytime soon..! The attacking line lacks ideas totally. There is no much hope..!!

Good game by Thabo Matlaba and the rest however..! I think the starting line-up was more attractive and the subs was a little bit off target..!!
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Pathetic fool still crying over spilt milk, get ova your self Gorilla, those three Gorillas didn't make the cut so you can Go and suck their balls if will make you betta or them!
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If you know what is good for you, you better stop talking to me like that because I will put you in your place should I lose patience with you..! Chimpanzee..!!
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Oh I'm very scared, a stinking Gorilla is threatening me! Looooolest! I dare you, you fool I'm your moral athority in case you don't know, I'm able to see differences in things unlike you Ape. You just a waste of time here, pierete this and pirete that, sulk your Gorillas are at home watching like me and you, go and sulk their balls fool
ticolby
posted: 11:26 pm
@mopheme da fun part s u writing a long story dat s got no point, for s about bng negative towards bb, frm wat u wrote were u tryng to analyse da game? y post a long useless essay with no points, no way forward? R u able to analyse da game? if u r do it for us,
ticolby
posted: 11:36 pm
if myeni fails to perform agnst malawi, kenya etc ll he perform agnst angola, morocco? Y blame GI for klate? Wat s it dat gordon ll c dat ada couches ddnt frm him, perreira, santana n pitso who couched him @ club level?

Winning da lig s a team effort nt individual one, carrick has more dan 2lig medals bt he nt da in da national team
Naturena born killer
posted: 11:39 pm
Beautiful bafana/Khosis, can we pls not entertain comments frm these rats fools. Lets be supportive of our national team n believe in them, n hv trust in Gordon. Cos dats wat true supporters do. If you don't like a certain product, you don't buy it. If you don't like scandal, u can watch isidingo. These fools should just stop watching bafana ba Rona when they play and in that case they won't have to complain n be difebenyana. Tl
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 11:43 pm
NAIJA ALL THE WAY:
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Emenike scores as Nigeria defeat Sparta Rotterdam in warm up
The Super Eagles continued their build up to the Africa Cup of Nations with a victory over the Dutch club in Faro

Jan 12, 2013 5:48:00 PM
MORE ON : Nigeria, Sparta Rotterdam



The Super Eagles continued its buildup for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa later this month with an amazing display of attacking football to overwhelm Dutch side, Sparta Rotterdam 1-0, in Faro, Portugal on Saturday afternoon.

The game which was played at the Browns Sports and Leisure Club, where the Eagles are presently camped ahead of the Afcon started on a cautious not for both sides, but it was the Eagles which featured skipper Joseph Yobo pairing youthful Kenneth Omeruo, who was impressive in the heart of the defence, that seized the initiatives just five minutes into the encounter.

A combination of Efe Ambrose and Ahmed Musa found Nosa Igiebor at the edge of the box, but he blasted wide. In the 10th minute, Mikel Obi combined beautifully with Igiebor to free Emenike, but his shot was again wasted. Mikel again did a yeoman’s job in the 14th minute to send Emenike clear and he promptly tucked the ball into the net but Dutch referee for the game Wim Bronsvoort ruled it offside.

From then on it was one way traffic as the Eagles seized control of the game but Igiebor, Moses, Emenike and Musa somehow managed not to score and the half thus ended goalless, to the chagrin of Stephen Keshi, who thought his wards should have at least been two goals up by then.

The Eagles continued from where they stopped in the second stanza and in the 55thminute, Ambrose Efe combined beautifully with Musa, who dribbled his way into the vital area before laying the ball for bulky Emenike to riffle home for what turned out the only goal of the encounter.


After the goal Keshi made eight changes to his team with Ejike Uzoenyi coming in for Victor Moses, Gabriel Reuben for Mikel, Ike Uche for Emenike, Sunday Mba for Nosa Igiebor, Brown Ideye for Musa, Ogenyi Onazi for Yobo, Nwankwo Obiorah for Ogude Fegor and goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim for Vincent Enyeama.

The Dutch side did threaten a couple of times through dangerman, Donovan Deekman spotting number 11 jersey, but it was dealt by Enyeama and later by Agbim. Infact, they took only one straight shot at goal that was easily pick up by Enyeama at the start of the second half.

The Eagles continued their dominant play even with the changes but Ideye, Uche, Reuben and Mba failed to increase the tally, to keep the scoreline at only 1-0, after 90minutes.

Rotterdam coach, Michel Vonk, said he was delighted with the robust, attacking play of the Eagles, adding that if they keep it up they will go far at the Nations Cup. “Your team play physical and quick and at times they slow it down and before you know it they are all over you. I told my players that is what to expect and we were not disappointed. Their quality is very good”, he said.

The coach singled out Mikel Obi and Kenneth Omeruo for special mention. “Your number 10 (Mikel), is very good, creative and has good vision, then Omeruo, very good aerially and gives good cover to the keeper. Your team wasted a lot of chances, they must learn to take them at the Nations Cup and I wish them good luck,” he concluded.

Nigeria will begin their Afcon 2013 campaign with a match against Zambia on January 21 in Nelspruit.


"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it."
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 11:44 pm
@ticolby

You still haven't reported to me in what context of the word 'emotion' did you mean or refer in. Or did I expose you for what a faux pas you are?

Go drink milk and masturbate it out because clearly you don't even know your own "points" from your own comments.

Up The Bucs until this "Emotional" Carl Thomas of kickoff.com named ticolby loses his virginity to Madea (HIGHLY UNLIKELY as he, himself and commentary "points" are just as fictional as Madea, so that makes me Bucs for Life)...
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 11:47 pm
Gold posted: 11:23 pm
ticolby

Well guys, I'm not in that kind of mood at the moment, but Yes, I liked the way Bafana played in the first half because it is the type of football I like watching. The second half was a normal huffing and puffing which I really dont enjoy..!! Anything else is your problem..!! I'm watching the repeat of the game on SS4 at the moment and I will go and sleep at the end of first half..!!
Gold
posted: 12:19 am
ChampTrebleManiacMophemeposted: 11:47 pm  |  Report
Gold posted: 11:23 pm
ticolby

Well guys, I'm not in that kind of mood at the moment, but Yes, I liked the way Bafana played in the first half because it is the type of football I like watching. The second half was a normal huffing and puffing which I really dont enjoy..!! Anything else is your problem..!! I'm watching the repeat of the game on SS4 at the moment and I will go and sleep at the end of first half..!!
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What good will come from that? More hatred towards chiefs playas? You and your fellow Gorillas stink with mediocrity, you don't have the right to say rational things Its in your jeans, when you see Khune in Bafana you idolize Slim Kak or Senzo cheeeez! I have a solution to that, Go and sulk their balls to make yourselfs and them better!

While they continue to degrade and eat their own sh*t, we remain behind Bafana and urge them to Win Gold for us, the only high standard!!!
Gold
posted: 12:24 am
Futbol-Aficionadoposted: 11:43 pm  |  Report
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Emenike scores as Nigeria defeat Sparta Rotterdam in warm up
The Super Eagles continued their build up to the Africa Cup of Nations with a victory over the Dutch club in Faro

Jan 12, 2013 5:48:00 PM
MORE ON : Nigeria, Sparta Rotterdam



The Super Eagles continued its buildup for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa later this month with an amazing display of attacking football to overwhelm Dutch side, Sparta Rotterdam 1-0, in Faro, Portugal on Saturday afternoon.

The game which was played at the Browns Sports and Leisure Club, where the Eagles are presently camped ahead of the Afcon started on a cautious not for both sides, but it was the Eagles which featured skipper Joseph Yobo pairing youthful Kenneth Omeruo, who was impressive in the heart of the defence, that seized the initiatives just five minutes into the encounter.

A combination of Efe Ambrose and Ahmed Musa found Nosa Igiebor at the edge of the box, but he blasted wide. In the 10th minute, Mikel Obi combined beautifully with Igiebor to free Emenike, but his shot was again wasted. Mikel again did a yeoman’s job in the 14th minute to send Emenike clear and he promptly tucked the ball into the net but Dutch referee for the game Wim Bronsvoort ruled it offside.

From then on it was one way traffic as the Eagles seized control of the game but Igiebor, Moses, Emenike and Musa somehow managed not to score and the half thus ended goalless, to the chagrin of Stephen Keshi, who thought his wards should have at least been two goals up by then.

The Eagles continued from where they stopped in the second stanza and in the 55thminute, Ambrose Efe combined beautifully with Musa, who dribbled his way into the vital area before laying the ball for bulky Emenike to riffle home for what turned out the only goal of the encounter.


After the goal Keshi made eight changes to his team with Ejike Uzoenyi coming in for Victor Moses, Gabriel Reuben for Mikel, Ike Uche for Emenike, Sunday Mba for Nosa Igiebor, Brown Ideye for Musa, Ogenyi Onazi for Yobo, Nwankwo Obiorah for Ogude Fegor and goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim for Vincent Enyeama.

The Dutch side did threaten a couple of times through dangerman, Donovan Deekman spotting number 11 jersey, but it was dealt by Enyeama and later by Agbim. Infact, they took only one straight shot at goal that was easily pick up by Enyeama at the start of the second half.

The Eagles continued their dominant play even with the changes but Ideye, Uche, Reuben and Mba failed to increase the tally, to keep the scoreline at only 1-0, after 90minutes.

Rotterdam coach, Michel Vonk, said he was delighted with the robust, attacking play of the Eagles, adding that if they keep it up they will go far at the Nations Cup. “Your team play physical and quick and at times they slow it down and before you know it they are all over you. I told my players that is what to expect and we were not disappointed. Their quality is very good”, he said.

The coach singled out Mikel Obi and Kenneth Omeruo for special mention. “Your number 10 (Mikel), is very good, creative and has good vision, then Omeruo, very good aerially and gives good cover to the keeper. Your team wasted a lot of chances, they must learn to take them at the Nations Cup and I wish them good luck,” he concluded.

Nigeria will begin their Afcon 2013 campaign with a match against Zambia on January 21 in Nelspruit.


"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it.\"
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Eh lekwerekwere this is Bafana article don't sh*t with your Lagos rubbish here, do it in Nigeria space! Fosek
Four_Point_Five
posted: 12:25 am
Well............
CJB Ramses III
posted: 12:25 am
Excluding the exceptional original Dream Teamers ie Matlaba & Sangweni....
the only thing that comes anywhere beyond world class is Khunes ball distribution....

The boy is in a league of his own... head-&-shoulders the best ball distributor of all time....

Excellent....
msenti15
posted: 12:27 am
what a useless team shuu
Four_Point_Five
posted: 12:28 am
Great even good teams have a solid spine.
I'm talking about your central defenders,your cdm or cm's if you use two.
That gives the team alot of shape and direction
Four_Point_Five
posted: 12:40 am
For example :

Maldini,Nesta,Gattuso and Pirlo
Kompany,Lescott,Nigel De Jong and Yaya Toure
Xavi Alonso + Javier Masherano for Stevie G
Terry,Essien,Makelele and Lampard
Emmanuel Petit and Viera
Paul Scholes and Veron
Tinkler and Mercedes Benz/John Dunga Moeti for 16V
The list of other formiddable combinations that gave stability to different teams is endless.
Any good coach first organizes the spine as that can define a team alot of the time
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