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Thabo Matlaba and Bernard Parker scored to give Bafana Bafana a 2-0 win over Central African Republic in their 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier

Posted: 23 March 2013 Time: 22:14

Bafana Bafana managed to grab three points in their World Cup qualifier against the Central African Republic by beating them 2-0 at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.

For a gallery of the match action CLICK HERE!

A 33rd minute strike by Thabo Matlaba opened South Africa’s account, while a second half finish from Bernard Parker secure the win and their first ever win the Mother City.

For a video of Matlaba's goal CLICK HERE!

In defence, the new central partnership between Morgan Gould and Thabo Nthethe was put to the test, while Tekolo Rantie and Bernard Parker were expected to produce the goals.

CLICK HERE for our 2014 World Cup qualifier site to get the latest results and tables.

Despite the bullish start from the Central African Republic, the hosts were the one to create the first attack when Renielwe Letsholonyane supplied a ball into the box for Rantie.

The Malmo strike only has Geoffrey Lembet in goals to beat but it seemed as if the occasions got the better of him when he sliced his effort round the far post, six minutes in.

Four minutes later and Bafana Bafana threatened again, with a beautiful ball supplied by Dean Furman into the box, however, Rantie’s effort once again lacked the direction as his volley sailed over the cross bar.

CAR started to gain momentum 20 minutes into the fixture, and it was their talisman Foxi who forced Itumeleng Khune into making a fantastic save from his powerful strike 20-yards out.

In the build up to the game Igesund admitted he was pleased that all the areas in his line-up were able to find the back of the net and a goal once again from his backline.

This time it was Thabo Matlaba who supplied the moment of sheer brilliance, with a whipped ball which cleanly sailed into the top right corner to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage just after the half hour.

South Africa where then hit with a mighty blow, ten minutes later, when their midfield warrior Dean Furman had to be replaced by Kagisho Dikgacoi after suffering a blow to his eye.

CAR nearly pulled a goal back after the restart, when Josue Balamandji curled a set-piece into the box, which forced Khune to stretch out a hand and make the save.

Moments later and the visitors thought they had found themselves level when Balamandji put the ball into the back of the net; however, following a series of protestations by the hosts, the goal was rightly ruled out for handball.

Then Lembet was called into action for the Central African Republic, as he got a hand to May Mahlangu’s shot which bounced up and hit the crossbar, just after the hour mark.

Lady Luck seemed to favour the hosts on the evening, as they increased their lead to 2-0 with 20 minutes to go from a left footed strike by Bernard Parker, who just beat the offside calling.

South Africa did well to hold onto their 2-0 lead to take home the three points and move one step closer to qualifying for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

But they could have scored a lot more goals had Tshabalala, Mahlangu and Rantie brought their scoring boots.

South Africa: Khune, Ngcongca, Nthethe, Gould, Matlaba, Furman (Dikacoi 44’), Letsholoyane, Mahlangu, Phala (Tshabalala 57’), Rantie (Manyisa 65’), Parker

Central African Republic: Lembet, Youga, Keita, E. Enza-Yamissi, Lignanzi (Mabide 52’), Balamandji, Foxi, Anzite, M. Enza-Yamissi (Kassai 83’), Manga (Momi 65’), Auzingoni Zimbori

CLICK HERE for our 2014 World Cup qualifier site to get the latest results and tables.

Previous comments on this story...

CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:24 pm
The KG sub was almost detrimental... as usual...
Luckily Gordon fixed it in time & Aaaace - soooooo delicious - restored the shape in midfield... Aaaaaaccccceeee......
posted: 10:24 pm
I have never seen a team miss so many chances like Bafana.........anyway thanx for a win........Big up to Parker for shutting these gorillas's mouth otherwise we would not have heard the end of it(Matlaba's goal)........can anyone tell me, how old is Manyisa ?
posted: 10:25 pm
Thabo Matlaba ke ntja
treble freedom in our life time
posted: 10:25 pm
a sinior player cnnt trap da ball in2 da bk of da net? Y do we realy hv 2 b subjectd 2 shabalala evry day?
Glorified Sendino
posted: 10:25 pm
These boys are very disapointing in front of goals....Benny should be brought to Bafana to be the strikers' coach.....
posted: 10:26 pm
I am buying tickets to Brazil !!! Thanks Bafana Bafana, Enkosi !!! Mzantsi is PROUD of you !!!
Takesure RDS
posted: 10:26 pm
Great job by khune
uYEYE ai ufile fi fi fi lomlisa nothing more nothing less,
Yeye, Rantie, Shabalala, Ngcongca, Phala n KG its time to leave our national team guys aykho phela lento.
Masilela (gogo), gaxa n khumalo must leave as well.
'I ARREST MY CASE' in phefeni's language
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 10:26 pm
They played well but missed too many easy clearcut chances. The referee and his linesmen were pathetic, they don't know what an offside is and not..! They were moemishes of the match..!!!
El Kampion
posted: 10:27 pm
El Kampion#a friend of Shabba's right foot....ungibulele today,hahahahahahaha
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:27 pm
Marks Maponyana talks a lot of s.hit he must just shut up...! why did SS ditch us..? I thought they had an agreement with SAFA regarding broadcasts....?!?
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 10:29 pm
CAR sucks, i guarantee these idiots are goin to bribe the ref . These cheats are shameless . We need Khoza to intervene and accompany our national team on these away games!!!
Donald Duck
posted: 10:30 pm
Matlaba played well but he sometimes runs too much with the ball and looses it
Khune was awesome as usual, but this tendency to drop crosses is very bad
Mahlangu was trying to do too much, this is not an individual sport and he's not Messi, nxa
Furman is still proving the doubting Thomas's wrong, what a player
Yeye is really off -form. He tried but that's not gud enough
Dikgacoi I don't know what to say about this wrestler
Rantie runs like a headless chicken and miss all the chances. Um starting to doubt this dude as a striker
Parker was anonymous when put on the wing but once moved to striker in th 2nd half, he showed his quality
Gould needs to separate being tough and being rough, those two fouls were terrible. He must show maturity
Phaala is really out of order, the dude is a cow
Nthethe was cool calm and collected, gud player

Kekana or Jali needs to be brought in as cover for Fuman cause KG is finished..
Champ Double Nostra
posted: 10:30 pm
@El Kampionposted: 10:17 pm | Report
Khune-Well done, is see why Eeemza Wa Lekgosha says you are the best ball “DISYTRIBUTER IN EARTH”

Thabo Matlaba-istaela nemali, he is indeed a Galaxy

Yeye- this creature is dead dead dead,what a useless soul he is in the national team

Mahlangu-learn to release the ball in time

Shabba- you made my night, is the anyone who still dispute that he got a chocolate foot?
This He-goat is a fool period
Hlala o khala njalo
Hai o ne ibati
Vuka baba

Donald Duck
posted: 10:32 pm
Phuphethakathaposted: 10:26 pm  |  Report
I am buying tickets to Brazil !!! Thanks Bafana Bafana, Enkosi !!! Mzantsi is PROUD of you !!!
Don't get carried away man. There is still a looong way to go to brazil.
posted: 10:32 pm
Yes it is a chocolate foot! Yes Gould is an ex gauteng lions prop.
El Kampion
posted: 10:33 pm
CJB Ramses IIIposted: 10:27 pm | Report
Marks Maponyana talks a lot of s.hit he must just shut up...! why did SS ditch us..? I thought they had an agreement with SAFA regarding broadcasts....?!?
Mark Maponyane=Shabba's right foot

He talks a lot of crap and biased when analysing the game...SS premium increase must start next month not this month, we deserve better
Lady Goldilight
posted: 10:33 pm
Shabba is King. Great goal Parker, superb goal from Matlaba. Speedy recovery to Furman.
Jack Sparrow (Original)
posted: 10:35 pm
Not the best of opponents, C.A.R never offered any danger in offence, hence the clean sheet kept today. Matlaba was influential in attack even though he lacks a bit of composure and decision making. Ntethe solid and committed...Gould unsteady, however does have intimidating presence, not as complete a player as Sangweni though. Furman- overrated! Yeye-overrated! Dikgacoi- passenger! Phala- has a strong Nyanga...Klate should have taken his place, infact Phala is out of his depth in international football. Ace- composed and intelligent as usual in getting on the ball and getting others to play. Showed quality in recycling the ball with calculated passes in midfield while Parker made the run before laying it on for Nyawana to assist Parker for a well taken strike. Rantie needs more composure infront of goal because does truly keep the defenders on their backfoot. Good well deserved victory!
Gucci Man
posted: 10:35 pm
Matlaba....if you continue playing like this and remain humbled , my boy you're f$#*n talented .
God has blessed you with a talent and I hope you look afer yourself and stay away from alcohol and women.

I take off my Gucci hat ,uyinja son
Black n White
posted: 10:36 pm
...Shabba should be getting SASSA grant money, he's right leg is non functional!!!
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