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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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we beat mazembe
posted: 02:25 pm
You cannot play 1 defensive midfielder in the modern game especially if you intend your fullbacks to overlap.A decent team by Gordon as it shows he is willing to attack.

Lets wait and see coz Botswana are not going to hand over anything freely
T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 02:27 pm
M disappointed with Cream situation.

Umfan'ophethe u-Magic.
posted: 02:30 pm
Much better... but you could have done this long time ago. These tortoise are useless.
posted: 02:30 pm
Very gud team
posted: 02:36 pm
Gud team and some comments r saying something abt shaba and to remind u shaba is the best player in this line up n we wll be relaying on 4 goals
Ezikamagebhula via ?
posted: 02:41 pm
Win win?
Heavy J Merrick
posted: 02:48 pm
Dikgacoi and Khumalo were the most poor performing players ngeAFCON, just saying. Im not dat happy but im 110% behind BB
Reclaiming the Star
posted: 02:49 pm
When I see Tshabalala & Parker I don't see changes.
posted: 02:53 pm
Gdlck SA
Matt/ 2.0
posted: 02:57 pm
Queen 2the Chiefsposted: 02:20 pm | Report Since its looking rather unlikely that CAR will beat Ethiopia,i hope they lose with a fight and not give Topians 3 points on a silver platter

Would love to see Kamo and Zungu introduced

@Queen 2the Chiefs

Uyabona manje mina nawe sesizo zwana kahle manje when you start to make such comments as this one above. Thank you for acknowledging the inevitable and living on a thread of false hope. Dankie Khosi.


Now then, who the f*ck is Chimps girl? Introduce yourself before we give you a rude awakening! (exclamation point)

Up The Bucs...
posted: 02:57 pm
@@ Reclaiming the Starposted: When I see Tshabalala & Parker I don't see changes.
who do you want to see ?? the RATS - Libala
like it or not , they are far better than those RATS
Matt/ 2.0
posted: 02:59 pm
@Queen 2the Chiefs

Meant "not living on a thread of false hope"
posted: 03:01 pm
aftr ths game lets do away wth familiar faces excpt Khune becoz we cant rotate draw players
posted: 03:08 pm
Good Luck, jst get us to the next round
posted: 03:08 pm
@ Matt/ 2.0

Now then, who the f*ck is Chimps girl? Introduce yourself before we give you a rude awakening! (exclamation point)

Up The Bucs...

You did not even answer the question which I asked , I still need an answer
so that you know , I dont need to introduce myself to you , this is a free Blogg
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 03:16 pm
good lineup with the exception of playing Dikgacoi and Furman at the same tyme-Mokotjo should start and paired with either of them. Matllaba will be good goin forward as usual traumatising us wit his horrible crossing.Mogorosi will have fun with Matlaba and his tendency of being tactically ill disciplined, Atleast he can shoot from distance.
Matt/ 2.0
posted: 03:16 pm
Chiefsgirlposted: 03:08 pm | Report @ Matt/ 2.0

Now then, who the f*ck is Chimps girl? Introduce yourself before we give you a rude awakening! (exclamation point)

Up The Bucs...

You did not even answer the question which I asked , I still need an answer
so that you know , I dont need to introduce myself to you , this is a free Blogg

@cHIVs Girl

Free blog? Ukuthathaphi lokho? Here you must earn your stripes before kukhala isqathulo sakho and be heard. Awukaze ungibuze lutho vandag so angazi umuphi lombuzo okhuluma ngawo. Hey, last chance, zisho ukuthi ungubani nokuthi udume ngani and why we should take you seriously, or else sithela nesishwapha sakho lana phambi kwethu. This is not a 'Born-Free' nursery school where we have to cater for your nursery comments sisi. Siyezwana?

Up The Bucs...
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 03:18 pm
atleast we playing 4-3-3 formation. If we dont win by atleast 3-0 ,then we truly suck!!
posted: 03:20 pm
Easy win 4 SA
posted: 03:24 pm
I doubt we going 2 de next round. Ethopia won't loose or draw bt Bafumble Bafumble all de way
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