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2014 World Cup qualifier match report: Ethiopia vs South Africa

Posted: 16 June 2013 Time: 16:56

Ethiopia beat South Africa 2-1 in Addis Ababa to destroy Bafana Bafana's chances of reaching the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Bernard Parker scored two fantastic goals – but unfortunately the second was past Itumeleng Khune, handing Ethiopia the win.

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Parker opened the scoring on 34 minutes with a textbook volley, off a long ball from Khune.

Ethiopia equalised just eight minutes later, when Getaneh Kebede hit home after some indecisive play by the Bafana defence.

The match was sealed in the 70th minute when Parker scored with possibly the best header of his career, off an Ethiopia free-kick.

Ethiopia had the first chance of the match in the fourth minute, when Saladin Said got his head to a free-kick. Khune fumbled the ball under pressure, but managed to hold onto it at the second attempt and deny the hosts the lead.

Three minutes later Bafana had an early chance of their own, when Parker made a run into the area and found May Mahlangu with a clever ball, but Mahlangu sent his shot over the crossbar.

Ethiopia continued to run at Bafana, and Saladin had a rocket of a shot saved by Khune.

But Bafana came close again, after some great build-up play from Mahlangu, Thuso Phala and Dean Furman, and Parker took a shot from close range, but it was tipped away by Jemal Tassew, with nobody available to take advantage of the rebound.

The visitors then managed to calm the pace of the game to a level they were more comfortable with, and Siphiwe Tshabalala had a shot from range go wide, before Parker’s header was cleared off the line by Minyahil Teshome.

Bafana then deservedly took the lead just after the half-hour mark, when Parker showed his pace and class, out-pacing the Ethiopian defence and hitting home with one touch.

The South Africans should have made it 2-0 five minutes later, when they nearly pulled off what was clearly a training-ground drill. The ball was sent through to ‘Shabba’ in the middle of the park, who passed it to Reneilwe Letsholonyane making a late run into the box. ‘Yeye’ got a shot away but it was straight into Jemal’s hands.

Ethiopia equalised two minutes before half-time, after some extremely poor decision-making by the Bafana defence.

Addis Hintsa danced on the ball at the edge of the area with at least four Bafana players looking on, seemingly unable to commit to the challenge. Hintsa then sent the ball square to Kebede, who made no mistake and thumped it home to make it 1-1 ahead of the break.

Bafana started the second half brightly, but were unable to get through the Ethiopian defence.

Igesund made a change up front, bringing on Tokelo Rantie for Thuso Phala, and the striker nearly scored with his first touch but after dribbling the Ethiopia defence his shot was blocked for a corner.

On the hour mark Bafana had a free-kick in a good position, but ‘Shabba’ again hit the wall. Furman squared to Mulomowandau Mathoho from the rebound, but the big defender headed wide.

A scuffle broke out after the goal, and Khune had to race over to alert referee Mohamed Farouk Mahmoud‎, who quickly calmed the situation down.

The referee was under significant pressure, however, with reckless tackles flying in thick and fast, and the boisterous crowd questioning his every decision.

The hosts took the wind out of Bafana's sails when they took the lead 20 minutes from time. Parker rose to meet a free-kick and head powerfully past his own keeper, before dropping to the ground face down, as if he had been shot.

Khune became increasingly hot and bothered as the game wound down, trying frantically to get the officials' attention, and Bafana assistant coach Serame Letsoaka had to tell him to calm down.

After the match the Bafana skipper explained that the ball boy near his post was not available to him, and he was irritated by the Ethiopia goalkeeper's time-wasting.

Igesund pulled off Langerman for Katlego Mashego in the last 10 minutes, and Bafana continued to push forward in search of the equaliser that would have left them with some hope of qualifying.

Two minutes from time Segolela and Parker combined well at speed on the left, with Parker controlling well in the air. The ball ended up with Yeye, but he was unable to get the ball into the box and it was out for a corner.

Ethiopia came extremely close deep into injury time, when Said streaked down the pitch and had a shot, but the ball went just wide of the onrushing Khune's post, and the scoreline remained 2-1 at the final whistle.

Bafana face Botswana at home on September 6, while Central African Rebublic host Ethiopia, but the results are academic, as Ethiopia top Group A with 13 points, and will stay top no matter what the results of the final round of matches.

The Walia Antelopes advance to the third round of qualifying, where the 10 group winners from the second round are drawn into five home and away matches. The five winners advance to the 2014 World Cup.

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Previous comments on this story...

Khosi my Religion - 2012/2013 PSL Champions
posted: 09:06 pm
arggg come on people. bafana's performance has got nothing to do with chiefs and rats supportas teasing each other or the players.it also has got nothing to do with pirates hatred of the national team or chiefs lack of support and disregard for pirates caf campaign. bafana players have far too much intelligence to be bothered by our comments, they are professionals of the sport and they understand better than all of us exactly what it means to play for SA regardless of what club u play for. they lost because the better team of the day won, just like how CAR lost because the better team of the day won last sunday. had they won today, some of the comments and analysis would not be written here so lets stop being philosophical. as chiefs and pirates we will never see eye to eye. we've got no time for pirates caf campaign and pirates fans have also expressed they got better things to do then believe chiefs will do well in africa next season. let's leave bafana out of this friendly war but.
Anonymous
posted: 09:19 pm
Goal of the Season !
Buhleza
posted: 11:07 pm
Mxm msunu
temilele
posted: 12:54 am
@The big boss...Your an example of a small minded human person. You think you have the world yet have nothing. You have the best league in the world yet Ethiopia who has no league just kicked you out of world cup qualification. What does that show? There might be a lot of money & good players in your league eg England & SA but yet your national team will keep struggling.

Besides, your league might be very big in SA or Southern part of Africa, but nobody really know of your league in West Africa or here in America, nor in Europe or Asia.Ppl aren't aware of your league.So it's surprising to see fans on here bullying players who sacrifice their time to serve just bc they are from ur rival club. You course and indirectly wish ur national team bad luck....Damn some of u are wicked.

Of course was really unhappy on realizing SA was out of World cup qualification,that comment was typed in anger.Decided to release my anger on ppl like u bc i believe it's ur fault. So rubbished ur local clubs and If it hurt so bad then change otherwise I'll keep doing the same bc it's the truth.

I'm concerned, some teams make soccer worth your time,& I enjoy good football. Though names don't play soccer but they add to its beauty... Some countries make the game a bit more complete, Ethiopia vs India doesn't sound as lively and exciting as South Africa vs France. And this hurt bc SA players play good football but fans are a course to the team,& they create lot of pressure on the team by insulting and calling opponents names before major games. You guys need go listen to the song by Michael Jackson-Man in the mirror. If Cameroon had the current set of players playing for Bafan Bafana they'd still been one of the best teams in the world and Africa
bipza
posted: 03:36 am
Poor Barker, I wish u remain in the Squad....GOODBYE Gorden, Bye BraziL....m still goin tho....jst to meet some Chikas#2014
nomvulayunayebatin
posted: 05:20 am
the problem of Bafana Bafana is very simple ,they should stop under estimating other african teams , Ghana play friendly with Cote Divoire same like nigeria also play africans teams for friendlies , but babanas will rating themself with world class teams ,bafana still hav long way to go bra , this is not problem of chiefs or pirates, it general problem in south africa
modise bucs dolphin
posted: 07:34 am
park scored two stunning goals to eliminate mzansi,gordon en chiefs players.
Anonymous
posted: 07:46 am
Shapa Ethiopia Shapa! It serves SA right for all the bad things they said about Lesotho, it's high time you start respecting your fellow SADC members and neighbours.
wmolosiwa
posted: 08:16 am
Hey!!! nthite was wearing J4, segolela J2 and got in as a substitute, what was jersey for Langerman T. not J2
gabo
posted: 09:17 am
See how top goal scorer is dangerous?? Was this guy still hoping to be named top goal scorer!! Heheheheheheheheee!! haao but Mohuta has since taken it or is there a chance??? Well maybe that goal will entered in to best goals if not best own goals!!!!!
The Big Boss
posted: 09:21 am
@ temilele,

So you are an example of broad-minded person? I beg to differ. You are nothing, but an ordinary person who thinks he knows everything about football. SA is my country and I know what needs to be done for our national team to do better in future. The fact that SA fans seem to support individual players does not mean other countries do not do that. Even your fellow nigerians do that. This is common, but I do not support that. I am one of the fans who put my country first before our individual clubs. That's why I have ONLY Bafana Bafana and Sringbok (rugby team) jerseys.I am proudly South African and will always be.

You say people don't know about our league, are you sure about that? I guess you just say this for argument sake. In fact, that's a lie. West Africans know about our league. Your minister even wants to emulate us. Go to your nigerian website and read more. Another thing, Free State Stars (a minnow PSL club) was invited to partcipated in a football competition in China. They achieved position 3 and were rewarded. Please don't just talk if you actually don't have facts.

Lastly, you don't have to tell us that you are in America. We are not interested to know that. America belongs to the Americans, and that will never change.
The Big Boss
posted: 09:24 am
@ temilele,

So you are an example of broad-minded person? I beg to differ. You are nothing, but an ordinary person who thinks he knows everything about football. SA is my country and I know what needs to be done for our national team to do better in future. The fact that SA fans seem to support individual players does not mean other countries do not do that. Even your fellow nigerians do that. This is common, but I do not support that. I am one of the fans who put my country first before our individual clubs. That's why I have ONLY Bafana Bafana and Springbok (national rugby team) jerseys.I am proudly South African and will always be.

You say people don't know about our league, are you sure about that? I guess you just say this for argument sake. In fact, that's a lie. West Africans know about our league. Your minister even wants to emulate us. Go to your nigerian website and read more. Another thing, Free State Stars (a minnow PSL club) was invited to partcipated in a football competition in China. They achieved position 3 and were rewarded. Please don't just talk if you actually don't have facts.

Lastly, you don't have to tell us that you are in America. We are not interested to know that. America belongs to the Americans, and that will never change.
Spykos
posted: 04:14 pm
so you seriously thougth bafana would say goodmorning brazil.mxm you are such day dreamers
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