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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...

ndzenga
posted: 05:11 pm
They under estimated ithiopia period parker best own goal ever that is the sign of us not being good enough to conquor
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 05:11 pm
Gordon Masende and Chimpzzz players humiliated and cost the country big time..!! Shame on them..! Nnnnnnxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..!!!
Like it or not, Shaba is a National Icon
posted: 05:11 pm
I HATE PITSO MOSIMANE
tekano
posted: 05:11 pm
Ma Afrika a matle.Let us win or loose as a team.All the best moving forward.
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 05:12 pm
Hehehehehehehehe! Why am I not surprised? Oh but wait, why would one be surprised about the inevitable.

Fact 1: Nyawana, a Zebra, instigated the axing of Pitso back in Rustenburg which led to BB failing to beat Ethiopia.

Fact 2: Fikru said it that "Zebras are there to donate points to Ethiopia." And guess, Parcow did just EXACTLY that. Yoooh Parcow, what a scorcher of a kick to the nation. Hehehehe

Fact 3: Pitso NEVER lost to Ethiopia unlike Igasende! Now, where are those zebra faithfools that were pointing fingers at Pitso? Pitso is waiting ukunifaka amaqupha dimpya ndini!

Hehehehehehehe! I agree with Fikru, let's focus on the PSL & 2018. I wait for excuses from those "patriotic" goons; or should I say 'blind hopeFOOLS?' And now Cowne is making excuses to Maponyane. Hehehehehe. There's your que blinded faithFools

1, 2, 3, go...
Sky4ever
posted: 05:12 pm
Frm hero 2 zero bt as a soccer player i wnt coment lyk othas n 2 parker ws unlucky n such hapens bt mised chances burnd da bridge 2 brazil
tshipi ka bo yellow
posted: 05:12 pm
To be honest we don't have quality players to contest with the world. Itumeleng khune's comments are childish, the fact is that we are not going to brazil. That's made me angry, by the way let me go and drunk to forget this stupidity by bafana
T'zozo
posted: 05:13 pm
Parker oh why Parker ? Tonite you killed my soul. But it is not the end of the wolrd
Spokolosh
posted: 05:15 pm
they realy tried, am a pirates fan, bt all of this guys gave their best, hardy parker thats part of football, its tough in africa, ask us....
Nkabs
posted: 05:15 pm
No matter what you say, I will always blame Pitso for this mess we find ourselves in. We shudn't have drawn with these palooksa at home. Nx!
Mosiixty
posted: 05:15 pm
I'd like to congratulate Ethopia, we did our best but lost to the country that has good patriotic supporters irespective of what team they support.........the least said about the gorrilas fans the better
T'zozo
posted: 05:16 pm
We are out but truth be told for a very long time we have a team that plays with some heart. I feel sorry for Igesund, he is a good coach and I hope SAFA will retain him for some free years.
Captain Morgan
posted: 05:16 pm
Our defence was poor, middle was mxm, so much 4 experience 4rm mr chocolate 4 dat foul_
Reclaiming the glory!! Mxm
promochuks
posted: 05:17 pm
Unfortunate news for SA. Time to rebuild your team.
Dark Patch
posted: 05:17 pm
Hehe khune must learn to conduct himself as the captain of the team. I'm disappointed with the trash talk he gave in his post match interview.
mavukudu
posted: 05:18 pm
Mr. Parker has dashed our dreams of going to Brazil, we must build a team afresh, Gordon my go back to Swallows or join Supersport United
Anonymous
posted: 05:18 pm
Shapa Bafaba Bafana Shapaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha oh dear! Why cant I stop laughing
Anti-Zebra
posted: 05:19 pm
Like it or not, Shaba is a National Icon
posted: 05:11 pm | Report
I HATE PITSO MOSIMANE
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Allow me to remind you that it was Simphiwe Tshabalala who made that defense splitting back pass which left Tsepho Masilela injured, and also led to the goal which cost us 3 points.

Now Bernard Parker scored the own goal of the millennium .

You can by no means hate Pitso Mosimane. It is evident that Kaizer Chiefs cows cost us in these qualifiers.

Maybe the only reason you should hate Pitso is because he fielded cows like Tshabalala instead of better players.

Do not be bias here nxa
Inkomo
posted: 05:19 pm
We lost the qualifier from our first two games.
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 05:20 pm
@Queen 2the Chimps

Lmao @"Parcow was bribed by blankets." hahahaha (laughing hystericaly)

That's why you are called hobos. Zebras are sell outs.

The only person I feel sorry for is Champ CJB Ramses III. To you Champ CJB Ramses III, mfwethu we can still go to Brazil with Ethiopian woman since hands down they are more lookable than most of our very own women down here.

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