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Cosafa Cup semi-final match report: Bafana out of the Cosafa Cup after loss to Zambia on penalties

Posted: 17 July 2013 Time: 22:48

Bafana Bafana were knocked out of the Cosafa Cup by hosts Zambia on Wednesday night.

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The match ended 0-0 after extra-time, and Chipolopolo won the penalty shoot-out 5-3.

South Africa will play Lesotho in the third place play-off on Saturday.

The first half was a high-tempo scrappy affair, with no scoring chances to speak of.

Bafana were beaten for pace in the centre of the park, and looked nervous at the back, with Tshepo Gumede especially making some panicky clearances, and Hlompho Kekana resigned to hoofing the ball forward.

The South Africans struggled to string passes together, and moves broke down quickly due to poor decision making and constant pressure from the Zambians.

Bafana’s strategy of playing long balls into the box proved ineffective, with most passes being misdirected or too heavy for the forwards to run onto.

Lebogang Manyama looked dangerous when he did collect the ball, but too often found himself confronted and foiled the Zambian defence.

Chipolopolo, by contrast, played the ball up field with composure, with Bornwell Mwape a muscular presence in the final third, and Festus Mbewe in particular looking dangerous on the right, sending in some dangerous crosses.

Igesund brought on Lerato Chabangu five minutes after the restart, and the Moroka Swallows veteran was a calming influence on his young teammates.

And it was a corner from Chabangu that created Bafana’s first real chance: Lehlohonolo Nonyane hit the crossbar with a header and Ruzaigh Gamildien skied the rebound from about three metres out.

Igesund brought on Mandla Masango on 58 minutes, and he immediately started making a nuisance of himself, but could not create any real structure.

Eight minute from time Bafana came close again, after a great give and go move between Manyama and Masango. The Kaizer Chiefs man put the cross in, which was met by an onrunning Chabangu. He was forced to hit the ball on the volley – and did well to cushion his shot, but hits the corner of goal.

Zambia came close a few minutes later, off a free-kick that looked to be out of the danger area. The ball was sent in with pace and Kondwani Mtonga got a foot on it, but luckily for Wayne Sandilands and Bafana it hit the upright.

Mtonga came close again on 90 minutes with a blistering free-kick, which Sandilands just got a hand to, to tip over the bar.

Extra-time was more of the same, except with both sides’ energy levels down.

Manyama sneaked in past the Zambia defence and should have given Bafana the lead, after a great ball over the top by Chabangu, but he hit his shot over the bar.

South Africa applied some pressure in the second half of extra-time, earning a number of set-pieces, and Mzikayise Mashaba forced a good save out of Danny Munyau.

But neither team could find the impetus to create any meaningful chances and the match went to penalties, where Zambia prevailed.

Penalty shoot-out: N’gonga (scored), Hlatshwayo (scored); Mwape (scored), Manyama (scored); Phiri (scored), Chabangu (saved); Chongo (scored), Mashaba (scored); Chama (scored)

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Previous comments on this story...

@Funky_bee ,Zambian
posted: 11:37 pm
@champ...I could see South african strikers where a bit loss n mashego looks a bit overweight...SA defenders are really good coz Mwape n mbewe were outmarked...on mukuka Mulenga on joining Sundowns,I agree wit u bro,motsepe spoiling too much talent..otherwise it was a good game
Bucs Hater
posted: 11:43 pm
Maar editor u can be funny sometimes yaz, do u really mean Chabangu is a veteran? like really
back berry 9320
posted: 11:54 pm
Mmmmmh I smel Noluntu tea here, Mlungu wajayva
Sbu we-Bhakabhaka
posted: 11:55 pm
Mxm this BaFUNNY BaFUNNY is just a disgrace to us as South Africans. I wish we can dissolve the entire managemet, technical team and playing personnel. We're just tired of losing now and it's no longer funny.
Maozazer
posted: 01:01 am
Downs played a one goal each draw against Hearts Of Oak: Suprise Moriri was Downs goal scorer 75minute, Hearts Of Oak goal scorer was Romeo Agban 90minute
team88A
posted: 02:13 am
Hard luck boys!!!
back berry 9320
posted: 02:19 am
Sandizaland uyinquza, mlungu oyibhari utatazela ngathi uchatha uhlanya, fanele indala lenyoni iwele laJoseph lol
Up the bums
K4lyf
khosification Throughout
posted: 02:22 am
Just unlucky boys,harde!as the minister said,we r so unlucky.we play so well,but fail to convert that into victory
Mukai
posted: 04:10 am
Nothing shocking in the results - they always flatter to deceive. Maybe before all the fixtures with teams from out of Africa, play some strong African teams so that Bafana will not be deluded by what they perceive to be a better standard of play, when results consistently prove otherwise.
Mosiixty
posted: 06:04 am
When they went for penalties. That's when I knew Andiswa japie was needed.........he doesn't miss from the penalty sport. Its time GI include him just for penalties
samkethe
posted: 06:16 am
come back home and rest boys this was useless from the start
Trix
posted: 06:17 am
Champ Enigma
assuming that you're referring to Orlando Pirates by Rats, you can't be more ignorant. There was not a single Pirate's player in that squad.
mm____mm-2012/2013
posted: 06:20 am
Dom naaiers, this isn't about Chiefs, Ratties or Clowns ... BAFANA lost, our national team. Come on bloggers we're supposed to be united when I comes to bafana
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 06:35 am
i wonder whos goin to be dumb enough to call
this Matt/tremble? He used to claim Eemza
walikhosi was using Kickoff to advertise himself
to women like Queen2the chiefs,yet he is leaving
his phone numbers here. Surely it proves he is
gay, why leave ur phone numbers on a site dominated by men ? Unless he is hoping other
gays like Maminzela will hala at him....
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 06:42 am
mxm,we can't even win a lousy cosafa cup.RSA football is truely in crisis mode. That toothless chairman Khoza needs to increase number of teams in the PSL .ther should be atleast 20 teams. if we can't sell players abroad on a regular basis ,why not make our domestic league tougher and more competitive?
lacosteDT
posted: 06:53 am
For Zambia and Zimbabwe it is development but RSA opted to use older players that won't benefit the nation at all.
2nd STAR-BOUND-TOLLY
posted: 07:06 am
I said that under GI we must expect nothing.

No COSAFA

No qualification for any meaningful and major torunament.

Nothing!
2nd STAR-BOUND-TOLLY
posted: 07:07 am
I mean what does a sane man see in a cow like Masango? Unless you are insane.
2nd STAR-BOUND-TOLLY
posted: 07:09 am
Is there still people who takes this team serious or expect miracles therefrom?
Takesure RDS
posted: 07:27 am
How on earth can someone select a player that is spending seasons on the bench, Mandla Masango
GI is clueless just like RDS and thats why i dont support him coz he doesnt want advises from others rather think he is smarter than any local coach by far
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