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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.

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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.

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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...

Gucci Man
posted: 10:36 pm
Itu Khune ...........bafwethu, bafwethu , this is best keeper in African and one of teh best in the World.
Champ Double Nostra
posted: 10:40 pm
@Faka i-safety belt ku driver Kaizer Manjeposted: 10:22 pm | Report
Maar Pierats fans ke mesono feela neh?
Boss this motherf.u.ckers will never change but i have notice there are some who differs and i say salute to the civilised ones.

Swearing and vulgar words is the order from their chairman

I say same to you in advance the illiterates
we beat mazembe
posted: 10:40 pm
to be honest there was nothing special about thosa khune saves.any goalie in the psl would have made those honestly.mtlaba is the man of the match and thats final.chiefs supporters must realise that pirates players possess what their players dont that is champion mentality they know taht whoever you are when the team faces difficulty its everyone's duty to get a result for the team.
Queen 2the Chiefs
posted: 10:40 pm
The naysayers are still singing the same song,Thank u Matlaba,thank u Parker, thank u CT now back to PSL action

To GI: dont call natural wingers to bench them,Parker started being in the game after Rantie was substituted,made the same mistake against CV in AFCON by playing Major and Hond @ the same time even though Baxter uses Major as a super sub in most games,their comb usually fails
stop playing players out of their positions
Takesure RDS
posted: 10:40 pm
If ACE didnt come in definately we were gona defend that 1 goal lead untill da final whitle, this introduction of KG was the waste of space,
Mathoho n Mashamaite would have done better at the back not that nonsense ka Gould n Ntethe.
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 10:40 pm
Khune = 8/10
Ngcongca=6/10 solid. But needs to overlap more.
Nthethe=7/10. Solid
Gould=7/10 solid
Matlaba=7 /10. Good bombing forward,but needs to work more on his crossing. Unfortunate that parker kept occupying all the available attacking space by not moving into space elsewhere.
Phala=4/10. Simply awful
Mahlangu=6. Please share the ball and release the ball quick.
Yeye=6 and a half/10. He was just okay . like matlaba ,he gave away too many balls
Furman=6/10.not on the field for long.but he was solid
Parker 6/10= out of his depth at left wing but found his groove after shifting back to the srtiking role.
Rantie=6/10 aye,hes still adjusting to international football since he never played for a junior national teams. He needs to learn hw to control the ball and be more aggressive
Manyisa= 5 /10
Dikgacoi =6/10
posted: 10:41 pm
I have no comment,i will wait for rats fans to comment.Its usualy dogs bark @night -------magundane sicela kulala siyazi ukuthi isikhathi eside ningajabuli.
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 10:45 pm
Hats off to Bafana Bafana,,! I was impressed by this boys today..! I still think if Gordon can stop hating on Pirates players he can build an unstoppable machine by combining them (Galaxies) with these chimpanzees. You can see players like Phala lack big match temperament and freese under pressure..!!
TMG 2009
posted: 10:45 pm
Jaaah neh ppl missed sitters and one on one's and the less is said abt that, yet SHABBA who everyone knows he cant use his right leg even if his life depends on it gets ppl talking, he opted for his strong foot and nothing is wrong abt that cos that's tne only foot he is confident of cotrolling or doing beta with it...apart from the fact that he played well and changed the game wen he came in and assisted with the goal i mean all the positives he made to the game are overshadowed by one miss, pls also get on the case of those players who kept missing sitters tooo, he came in and we started playing the ball and connecting passes instead of that dooommmm dooooooom that we were playing wen the 2nd half resumed!!!
posted: 10:49 pm
Its only in SA where a cow scores a lucky goal and becomes a Man of the Match.

From Chiefs player (Shabba) to another Chiefs player (Parker) = GOAL!!!!!

Zebra I remain...........
posted: 10:51 pm
Rantie just confirmed the fact that we need Mphela 2 be sharp again and Majoro must recover.
Skepe Mketule
posted: 10:51 pm
In terms of calculations Bafana wont qualify for Brasil, I dont foresee a win in CAR and Ethopia, if Ethopia wins 2morow the game is over , the draws we played against Ethpia and Botswana was unnecessary.

2morow Ethopia will be 7, based on performance in Afcon we wont beat them,which means they will be desperate for a draw (8points)or win(10points) against BB which will give them goal average same as CAR these ppl can play .

BB will remain with one game at home against Botswana which will finish at 8 points unless BB draw either CAR or Ethopia which will be very difficult. GI must discipline his boys upfront
posted: 10:52 pm
Impressive performance again by Bafana,,our road 2 brazil is nw paved..Shapa bafana shapaaaaaa!!
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 10:55 pm
Khune did nothing special except his job of keeping goals..! People should remember he is the only player who is allowed to use any parts of his body to touch the ball..! I still believe he is doing what any other professional keeper is supposed to do..! Thabo Matlaba was the man,,! Well done Thabo Matlaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaabaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..!!!
Mbofs k4L
posted: 10:56 pm
U pierats fans,dd u c da through pass by shaba.dat guys left foot is just so briliant nd hard luck 2 him 4 nt scoring dat last minute ball,shapa bafana shapaaaaaaaaa!
TMG 2009
posted: 10:57 pm
I hole that ppl like "we want mazembe" r not using our roads or maybe thats y we have too many road death in our country cos ppl whk cant c r driving on them...those saves kept us in the game and helped us to win...they r very special indeed and most keepers couldnt hav done wat he did, the ball that deflected from GOULD also took a nasty bounce and KHUNE managed to save that, anyway i guess u the only one...
we beat mazembe
posted: 10:57 pm
i only wish we had more deserving pirates players i.e jali,jele,klate in this team.it would be a force in africa.A word of advice to GI.get rid of yeye,masilela,gaxa,phala,nyawani and kg.
Skepe Mketule
posted: 10:59 pm
why Kermit Erasmus is overlooked ,he should have finished all these chances maaan
Champ Double Nostra
posted: 11:00 pm
Amagundwani always has issues.

They will cry/complain have jealousy till they drop dead

Ke bo molahlwa le boya
Big Chief the Champ
posted: 11:02 pm
Our team played nonsense. First half where was Parker and Phala? Gould was sitting too deep in front of Khune, Ngcongca was out of sorts, despite Matlaba's goal he was found wanting on many occasions. Yeye was not influential. The least said about Rantie the better.
The team started playing after the introduction of Shabba and Ace, for the team going forward GI must call up AJ and bench Gould as well as Rantie. Khune was a lifesaver as always!
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