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South Africa Botswana 2014 World Cup qualifier

Posted: 7 September 2013 Time: 13:30

South Africa did everything required of them as they hammered Botswana 4-1 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, but Ethiopia’s victory against Central African Republic means the 2014 World Cup dream is over.

Kermit Erasmus and Dean Furman scored in the first half and Bernard Parker netted a brace after the break,  but ultimately it was all to no avail.

The hosts started off like a team with something to prove and completely dominated their opponents in the opening exchanges.

Kagisho Dikgacoi came close twice in the space of seconds as he broke through from midfield and forced Kabelo Dambe into a double save – the second a great one-handed effort from close-range.

On 18 minutes Siphiwe Tshabalala came close with a free-kick which just shaved the crossbar, but the goal did eventually come just before the half-hour mark. Parker’s flick-on from a corner was headed in at the far-post by Erasmus for his first senior goal for his country.

Three minutes later and Dambe was again at his best to deny Parker with a diving one-handed save after Tokelo Rantie had found the Kaizer Chiefs man unmarked in the box.

That second goal did eventually come though when, in injury time, Furman ran onto Parker’s brilliant through-ball and shot across the keeper and into the back of the net.

So at halftime everything was going Bafana’s way as CAR were also leading Ethiopia 1-0.

The South Africans started the second half with the same intensity as they ended the first, but gradually the Zebras were starting to find their feet.

However, in Congo it was going pearshaped as Ethiopia first equalised and then took the lead. And to add to Bafana’s woes, Botswana then scored through Jerome Ramatlhakwane – a fine header after getting the better of Bongani Khumalo.

Bafana hit back with two goals in quick succession – both from Parker. The first was a beautiful free-kick after a foul on the edge of the area, and the second a penalty after substitute Daine Klate was brought down.

However, there was to be no joy for Gordon Igesund in Congo as Ethiopia hung on for the win – the points dropped earlier in the campaign coming back to haunt Bafana …

Bafana starting XI: Khune, Ngcongca, Khumalo, Nthethe, Matlaba, Dikgacoi (Jali 66th), Tshabalala (Klate 88th), Furman, Parker, Rantie, Erasmus (Zungu 57th)

Botswana starting XI: Dambe, Motlhabankwe, Gabonamong, Thuma, Olerile, Mogorosi, Nato, Mothatego, Ngele, Moyana, Ramatlhakwana

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2nd Star Washelela
posted: 06:57 pm

Apology accepted Bhakhaniya, we all go through some rough patches sometimes, as they say no one is perfect, we make mistakes, but we must learn from them.
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 06:58 pm
We no longer hav football in this country majita, so please lets hold OUR hands and channel our LAST energies into Economic Freedom Fighters as our soccer is dead and buried, thanks GorNDom for ensuring that.

So Economic Freedom in our time gents, ARE U IN??
posted: 07:03 pm
U know guys, SA never learn. Was watching this match on SABC. When the score was 1-1 between Ethiopia and CAR, Bafana Bafana was leading on the other side, they kept missleading the nation saying if We the score stays like that ie Ethiopia drew then we qualify. Don't they do their homework.

Although we lead with goal difference but we wud b equal on point therefore same rule that kicked us out of the ACN, when the Zebraz celebrated...

Let me elaborate more we wud b both sitting in 11 points with Ethiopia but Ethiopia wud have went thru coz they Drew with us on first leg and bernad Parker assisted them win the second leg...

In a case of a drew they consider heard to heard between the team on a tie, with equal points. Therefore Ethiopia just needed a draw. SABC kept missleading the nation...
Matt/ 2.0
posted: 07:05 pm
Nespray is a movie star look alike coachposted: 06:42 pm | Report 2nd Star Washelela

@Matt/ 2.0

You are 100% correct I'm also confused now, there are so many Zebras using our usernames, eg Ezikamagebhula

hahaahaaaa Nananas, lets leave it ke. My DTC, no one can hack into Nespray's account. I wanted to pick on someone, I checked the previous comments and no one was worthy of my wrath hence I picked on you, LOL LOL LOL

I somehow fear Matt kancane, otherwise I shuld have picked on him, LOL...since we started blogging, he always gets one above me

hardie my JUJU...jus wanted to toughen you a little bit, your too soft for them Zebras, oh..most of the time...Not Once and Always, LOL

my apologies

@Nespray and 2nd Star Washelela

Guys, let's bury the hatchet. Okwenzekile sekufana nokudaliwe. Nespray, I've seen 2nd Star Washelela in action, this man packs a mean dose of venom and him wanting to "close the matter" was out of respect for you as a fellow Bhakhaniya and from one Senior SuperStar Blogger to another. It wouldn't have been fair to go toe-to-toe with each other on this platform and although I suuport your sentiments as well Nespray aka 'Fortified Blogger', but yeah you really have a diverse mind and way of thinking and that is a rare talent. As for ukusabana, hahahahahaha! No comment. I wil however say I respect ALL my fellow Bhakaniyas on this blog and will stand by them no matter what.

Take CJB Ramses III for example, he so badly and genuinely wanted Bafana to go through to the next round and I feel for him right now. So although we may appear to be rude at times and shoot from the hip when we lay it down here at the OPFC Supporters camp, but when we have to show compassion and humility, we sure know how to do it best! To CJB Ramses III, askies and hare Champ and I mean that with the most purest form of sincerity.

Up The Bucs...
posted: 07:16 pm
even if we had qualified for Knock out stages, with Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coats, Tunisia , Egypt and Algeria, Congo and Cameroun, it was always going to be a toll order
Nespray is a movie star look alike coach
posted: 07:31 pm
2nd Star Washelela and Matt/ 2.0

your noted guys. Its one of those days. Your right 2nd Star, I learned from that. As much as i like to diss blogas here, even Chiefs fans for that matter...when I revisit the archives I feel sorry for those whom I hurt.

I am sorry to have dissapointed the Jujus out there.

Me thinks a break will do for me...until we meet jents
Nespray is a movie star look alike coach
posted: 07:43 pm

My champ...everything is going to be fine. Even my world has been shuttered. I never thought BB can make move emotions...as you can see vandag, my comments are huffing and puffing

LordVinny: you also wanted to get to Brazil...even though you ddnt know how?LOL..you just wanted to see yourself in Sao Paulo beaches in the middle of yellow bones, PITY, BB is never a reliable transport. hang in there my champ

kuzolunga bafowethu
posted: 08:11 pm
Let the real games begin. No more hosting, 4 us its outdated. Fifa rules must apply, but it seems we relied 2 much on the ruling, and we overlooked the fact, that we were already knocked out! Ruling or not. Safa needs to grow up, bums off the seats! South africans, we really have different, insightful views. But maybe a little patriotism from our side will do. We failed! Let us all learn from our mistakes!
posted: 09:07 pm
So close, yet so far bafanax2
posted: 11:33 pm
I feel sad for Gorddon, u can see that players wanto play for him, there is this sense of self confidence in players since he took over, but the fact of the matter is he didnt achieve his mandate, semis for the afcon 2013 & 2014 WC qualification...But still I say SAfa give this man a chance, lets see if he can qualify for Afcon 2015 & WC 2018,,,at least let there be continuity,,,as for serero shame on u ntwana
posted: 09:45 am
How does Pitso Mosimane feel knowing that he cost the Nation a place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup?
posted: 07:03 pm
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