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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...

The Phef
posted: 01:20 am
@Matt my awty we all have different feelings, respect ours we will respect yours, if u dont support Bafana then be it! Let those who have faith in them support! It would be appreciated if u could reserve your comments, like me for example, im not supporting this bafana team but i let others express their feeling with no problem so my awty hade!
The Phef
posted: 01:25 am
@Matt my awty we all have different feelings, respect ours we will respect yours, if u dont support Bafana then be it! Let those who have faith in them support! It would be appreciated if u could reserve your comments, like me for example, im not supporting this bafana team but i let others express their feeling with no problem so my awty hade!
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 01:31 am
@Gold:

Thanks for the insult. But, its also AFCON news that guys like you need to read. Perhaps, it may serve as a different angle of refreshment for your sullen SA fans especially at these low moments of Bafana Bafana and the SA nation. You may well find in it something to grow your enthusiasm for football again; and, of course, muster strength to lift the spirit of Bafana Bafana one more time.

This is what we do as Nigerians all over Africa. We piggy-back every needy African and ride with them on our shoulders knowing that together we are stronger as a continent. That's why Futbol-Aficionado is superior to and totally different from Gold.


"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it."
T'zozo
posted: 06:54 am
How many times must we tell these dagga smoking Pirates fans to go and jump into a sewerage where they belong ? We are sick and tired of their stupid rantings. Do these fools really believe that we will ever take their criticism of BB as objective ?

These are dunderheads who can't even agree that Khune is by far Mzansi's finest keeper when all soccer fund is agree that the goalkeeping position is the most secure in the BB set-up.

I don't know why these madafu*ckers continue commenting on BB posts because they have already declared their support for Zambia. Why can't these morons then leave OUR national team alone and comment on their beloved Chipolopolo ?
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:08 am
@T'zozo,

Dont come and sh*t here. I never supported any other national team but Bafana Bafana & I am a Pirates fan. So dont u ever paint everyone with the same brush. I have a right to criticize the selection of the team and the way they play just like u who criticise some purchasimg of players for chimps and criticise some of the selections by your coach if the team is nt doing well. I am the one praying for the luck and miracle becaise of these 7 cows which u celebrated as if we won World cup.
Khosi Nyce
posted: 08:23 am
You know I don't get these guys who openly say they don't support nor care bout bafana.

If y'all don't care so much y are u wasting time watching them play to begin with? It's even worse when you come onto blogs nd spew bile nd be biased against other team's players.

Y not wait for Zambia or whoever you are supporting's article nd comment on them? Coz ur stupidity is so amazing that u just openly make its elves the laughing stocks of the entire continent coz win or lose, u will be part of it as you are South African nd no one will care who you supported so please let us discuss bafana in peace u imbeceles
Spijo
posted: 08:31 am
iz ths the dream team tht u wntd 2c?mxm i dnt thnk thy r ready 4 afcon bt wil c wt wil hppn
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 09:13 am
I wonder why the pieretes stress them selves with Bafana Bafana coz they said they gonna support Zambia.

K4L: let's hear
fana189
posted: 09:24 am
It was e very quet unccount we few chances but overall we are slowly get there the structure z there. Better sec half and i cn the starting line 4 opening afcon
Prof_Makaveli
posted: 09:46 am
Bafana Bafana 4 AFCON asjiki!! I'm behind them all the way, if this team can believe in themselves then they will go far in this AFCON tournament!!
Prof_Makaveli
posted: 10:03 am
Nd to all KickOff DICKtators...who are u to tell anada South African what to support, this is a free country everyone is entitled to his/her/its own opinion nd can support who ever they wanna support, whether its Zambia, Cape Verde, Mzansi etc

#BB4AFCON
metro
posted: 10:32 am
Imagine watching this game during the day,awful.Allow me however to say,im hoping against hope that Gordon's secret tactics will take us through.
chesta
posted: 10:51 am
I'm a Nigerian doin my masters in SA, SA is my secondd home! I have bn here ever since I was 13, now I'm 27.When Nigeria is playing, I suppoprt them wether good or bad. The same applies when SA is playing. S/A vs ALG, wasn't really a bad game. It shows BB can compete against teams participating in AFCON2013. ALG currently is not a easy team to beat! For BB to get a draw isn't too bad neither is it the best of results. Bt they bb can take positive from the result, besides it was jst a warm up game! The game didn't have the "spark" because both teams were too cautious tactically. And I also disagree with the people bringing club supports against the team! This is a NATIONAL duty, not a clubside events! Show support to your country and criticise wisely! I wish SUPER EAGLES and BB goodluck! I can't wait for the AFCON to start! Got my tickets....go and grab yours!
chesta
posted: 10:57 am
ALG is not "an" not a
Gold
posted: 11:20 am
Futbol-Aficionadoposted: 01:31 am  |  Report
@Gold:

Thanks for the insult. But, its also AFCON news that guys like you need to read. Perhaps, it may serve as a different angle of refreshment for your sullen SA fans especially at these low moments of Bafana Bafana and the SA nation. You may well find in it something to grow your enthusiasm for football again; and, of course, muster strength to lift the spirit of Bafana Bafana one more time.

This is what we do as Nigerians all over Africa. We piggy-back every needy African and ride with them on our shoulders knowing that together we are stronger as a continent. That's why Futbol-Aficionado is superior to and totally different from Gold.


"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it.\"
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You welcome! Nigerians what? Listen all I know is in SA they r the manufactures of frud, prostitution, embbezlement, human trafficking, drug lords, property invaders and I hyte them with passion for that! And for the record we don't need ur so-called upliftment, go and do it to fellow kwerekweres!

Gold remains the only high standard, you have SABS to confirm that!!!
Young Plato The Big Chief
posted: 12:16 pm
Bafana Bafana all the way,I'm South African & the only squad I know how to support is Bafana Bafana. win,draw or lose, I'm still Proud to support the team. If I don't support the team then who will?
obyjas
posted: 02:37 pm
@Gold you're a xenophobic moron. Learn to play the ball and not the man and know not to generalize. Binneplas!!! See the world fool might change yo ignorant mind
luise-hero
posted: 02:56 pm
no meaningful comment ganja men with their stupid noise
Butcher
posted: 03:41 pm
This Matt thing sucks, I doubt if there been any male from his family and relatives who kicked even a plastic ball before.
Gold
posted: 06:07 pm
obyjasposted: 02:37 pm  |  Report
@Gold you're a xenophobic moron. Learn to play the ball and not the man and know not to generalize. Binneplas!!! See the world fool might change yo ignorant mind
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Yes I accept what you saying to me 'coz what I'm saying its exactly Xenophobic! But what are Nigerians bringing to our country? I take u also from Abuja? Blv me I'm ashamed of myself for coming out like this coz my objections r not correctly emphasized! But I'm proud that I know they bring filth to this country!

For your info, I have travelled before around the world even have a qualification from US university and I have Nigerian friends from scl and I have emphasized my worries about their fellow natives to them and they understand where I stand, its nothing personal they r my African brodas and I luv them but they r polluting my country, that I can't forgive!
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