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Match report: South Africa 0 Nigeria 2 2013 Nelson Mandela Challenge

Posted: 14 August 2013 Time: 22:24

Bafana Bafana were beaten 2-0 by the Super Eagles in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Wednesday night.

Uche Nwofor came on for the second half and scored both goals for Nigeria, as Bafana suffered their sixth defeat in eight matches against the African champions.

Read: Bafana vs Nigeria AS IT HAPPENED!

Bafana and the Eagles both created their fair share of chances, but the visitors dominated overall, with Stephen Keshi’s shrewd second half substitutions tipping the balance.

For a gallery of the action, CLICK HERE!

Despite a slow start to the match, John Ogu had the first shot of the game on four minutes, from outside the box, but it was way high and wide.

Thuso Phala was yellow carded as early as the fifth minute, when he tried to take a free-kick to quickly. The set-piece was easily cleared by Nigeria.

Nigeria’s first real chance came from a ball over the top, which left centre-backs Mulomowandau Mathoho and Thabo Nthethe at sixes and sevens. Nnamdi Oduamadi got to the ball, but the threat was intercepted by Itumeleng Khune.

The Super Eagles had another half chance on 16 minutes. The ball was swept out wide to Sunday Mba, who spun it back in from the left to Elderson Echiejile in the penalty area, who goes for an acrobatic volley that went over the bar.

Shortly after, Dean Furman collected the ball just outside the box and Bafana went on the counter. Bernard Parker sent the ball through to Tokelo Rantie, who made a strong run but could not beat Efe Ambrose and the ball went out for a corner.

On 24 minutes, Furman again collected the ball in the middle and scooped it out to Parker, who got behind the Nigeria defence and looked to combine with Siphiwe Tshabalala, but the ball was just in front of him.

On half an hour Nigeria came close, when Ogu hit a curler, which thumped the top corner post with Khune stranded.

A few minutes later Reneilwe Letsholonyane found Rantie outside the box, who burst through the Nigeria defence on a solo run and had a shot, but it was straight at Austin Ejide.

Nigeria went on the offensive in the next few minutes, with Obinna Nsofor and Ogu on target, but Khune dealt with the chances – the second in unconventional style, with his chin.

Rantie then hit the side netting, after making space for himself in the box, before Letsholonyane hit the ball straight against Godfrey Oboabona after a pass from Rantie.

Nigeria made three changes at the start of the second half, bringing on Victor Moses for Mba, Ahmed Musa for Nsofor and Nwofor for Shola Ameobi.

Parker forced a good save from Ejide at the start of the second half with a free-kick, and the Eagles captain managed to parry Nthethe's effort off the rebound.

Four minutes later Nwofor made it 1-0, scoring with a cheeky backheel after a cutback from Oduamadi, after some great play by Moses on the left to hold off Phala and skip past a couple of Bafana tackles.

Letsholonyane was set up by Luyolo Nomandela a few minutes later, but he sent his shot over the crossbar.

Nwofor made it 2-0 in the 68th minute with a one-touch goal after some great play by the Super Eagles. Moses skipped past his marker and played in Musa, who cut back to an unmarked Nwofor for a simple tap-in.

Igesund brought on Lerato Chabangu for Letsholonyane on 75 minutes, and he immediately took a shot at goal from outside the box after spotting Ejide off his line, but the ball was just over the bar.

10 minutes from time, Parker came close with a free-kick that beat the wall, but went just over the crossbar.

In injury time, ‘Shabba’ came close, after twisting past a couple of Nigeria defenders, but his shot was saved.

Shortly after, substitute Lebogang Manyama hit a last-gasp low shot on target, but it was inches wide.

South Africa: Khune, Masilela, Nthethe, Mathoho, Hlatshwayo, Letsholonyane (Chabangu 72), Furman, Tshabalala, Parker (Manyama 80), Phala (Nomandela 60), Rantie

Nigeria: Ejide, Oboabona, Echiejile, Ogu, Ambrose, Egwuekwe (Okwuosa 77), Ameobi (Nwofor 46), Oduamadi (Ideye 78), Onazi, Nsofor (Musa 46), Mba (Moses 46)

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Previous comments on this story...

Roger_4444
posted: 09:23 am
msenti15
posted: 10:32 pm | Report
Yeye : man of the match hahahahaha kudlalwa ngathi-ke manje

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You wanted Senzo to be man of the match against Amazulu???

k4l : let's hear


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kwaaaaaaaaaaaa um literaly dead #k4l#
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 09:27 am
Shut up u idiot, y do u hate Sundowns so much or R u jealous?
posted: 09:12 am | Report
Is really not about Sundowns, Chiefs or Pirates, Gordon must select a team that will be made-up of all other PSL teams including Overseas based best players, he should not only focus on the so called big teams. National team should be made up more than 10 PSL teams so as to encourage national support and not team support. In reality; it will be ignorant of you to expect a die-hard Pirates fan to support a team that does not represent his/ her team.........at the moment a national team is not ours but it belongs to a certain team and up until we rectify that, we will continuously be critical in our analysis when addressing issues of national team. If Bafana can be represented by all other PSL teams, each team supporters will want to go to the game to support the players from their team, and the stadium will get full.
Solution: Let us have a maximum quota of 3 best players from each PSL team to encourage nation building and national support.
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i do not agree with you, we dont care who get selected as long as we see the results. Its about SA not parts that form SA, Everyone donning that jersey must know what is like to play for the national team irrespective of where they come from. I can have 11 Santos players, as long as they do the job, this is about business not some rainbow nation sh*t.
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Can I also laugh Orlando Pirates style.........Tikitakatikakikikikikikitakakakakakaka...
Psychology of Football
posted: 09:35 am
South Africans we have our own unique mentality, reading through most of the comments, every 2nd person thinks IF THAT PLAYER WAS AVAILABLE then something better would have happened yesterday. Truth be told, PSL standard is 'good' but not the best in the world. Exporting players to Europe or IMPORTING world best players is the solution, which I think the latter is out of reach economically!!!!
Shut up u idiot, y do u hate Sundowns so much or R u jealous?
posted: 09:35 am
TREBLE CHAMP KING

posted: 09:27 am | Report

Shut up u idiot, y do u hate Sundowns so much or R u jealous?
posted: 09:12 am | Report
Is really not about Sundowns, Chiefs or Pirates, Gordon must select a team that will be made-up of all other PSL teams including Overseas based best players, he should not only focus on the so called big teams. National team should be made up more than 10 PSL teams so as to encourage national support and not team support. In reality; it will be ignorant of you to expect a die-hard Pirates fan to support a team that does not represent his/ her team.........at the moment a national team is not ours but it belongs to a certain team and up until we rectify that, we will continuously be critical in our analysis when addressing issues of national team. If Bafana can be represented by all other PSL teams, each team supporters will want to go to the game to support the players from their team, and the stadium will get full.
Solution: Let us have a maximum quota of 3 best players from each PSL team to encourage nation building and national support.
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i do not agree with you, we dont care who get selected as long as we see the results. Its about SA not parts that form SA, Everyone donning that jersey must know what is like to play for the national team irrespective of where they come from. I can have 11 Santos players, as long as they do the job, this is about business not some rainbow nation sh*t.
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Can I also laugh Orlando Pirates style.........Tikitakatikakikikikikikitakakakakakaka...
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Just remember that you can also get the results through bribe
Bruno Marley aka Barly Robino
posted: 09:38 am
Gi doesn't listen. His arrogance is about to cost him a job. The power of social media along with the masses of the SA foot ball supporters had successfully toppled an arrogant Pitso from Bafana due to his favouritism when selecting the Bafana players. You GI, are heading the same road. Your arrogance won't last you any where. Just do an honourable thing by relinguishing the reins while still early.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 09:38 am
Tikikikikikikikitakakakakakaka........ From the Dutch East India Company of the Gordon "Van Riebeeck" Igusend ... We bring you a chomp leg spiced with BBQ Rajah.... Nc nc nc nc....... A bad recipe indeed this has been... Shabba...? You're a miracle baby wena straight....
PSL awards a joke
posted: 09:39 am
GI has disappointed me yet again, why select players and not play them. GI was allowed to use 6 subs instead he opted to use 3 late in the game no gaal. Now i see why Moneeb had to take early retirement, if u r a player and cannot even get game time on a friendly them you as good as useless.

GI's tactics also leaves much to be desired, why Phala, why opt for 2 similar striker who u hardly find on the box, what was Hlatswayo doing in the right back when u have natural left backs like van Heerden in the team. GI you suck, SAFA must fire you PERIOD
El Kampion
posted: 09:40 am
Can the university of puppets(KO) come up with their biased player ratings...?
bafanabastyle.com
posted: 09:40 am
After beating Bafana 2-0 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi told Goal that he expected the victory

Although the African champions Nigeria started at a slow pace, stepping up in the second half, Keshi told Goal that he knew they would beat South Africa.


“The win was not a surprise to us at all. I knew that my boys were going to win from the start, and so I was not surprised by the result," said Keshi.

Read more on: Igesund happy with Bafana despite defeat


Despite his confidence, the coach also reminded us that he respects South African players, but feels that there is a long road ahead for Bafana Bafana to improve.


“They (Bafana) were a good side, but I feel that they can still improve on their standards,” said Keshi.


The Nigerian said the Nelson Mandela Challenge was about giving his players a chance to practice with each other.


“Our main goal is to play well against Malawi, and that is what we are worried about more than anything. The Bafana game was good, but it did not really challenge us that much,” he said.
El Kampion
posted: 09:40 am
CJB Ramses III
posted: 09:10 am | Report
Shabba is undercooked & over spiced by propagandist leaving a hell of a bad taste in the mouth...
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hahahahahahahahahahaha

Hehehehehehehehe..........

undercooked with those big 3 feet pots...hayi mara uyagula poi....tikikikikikitakakakakakakatikitakatikitaka
The Game\"
posted: 09:43 am
Gordon Igesund is taking Bafana Bafana backwards...This is the most clueless of all coaches that have been leading our national squad: I won't even waste my energy on this useless bunch of individuals:
Dreamkiller
posted: 09:44 am
Yhoo Cowne, nyawana and Sallied Said-Parkcow, really?
bafanabastyle.com
posted: 09:44 am
i still say he need Teko in the middle of the park, we need a good passer of the ball. someone who can take control of the middle field.
Donald Duck
posted: 09:48 am
I didn't watch the game, but not suprised by the results.
Bucselona FC in SA.
posted: 09:49 am
Bafana Bafana were exposed yesterday without the Galaxy of Stars players. Truth must be told. Shabalala, Yeye, Ntethe, and even Parker are useless in the National team they have achieved absolutely nothing they are the failers. My drean Bafanax2 team that can restore our joy.

................................Khune..........................................

Ngcogca...............Sangweni..........Gould..............Matlaba

Jali............Teko
Manyama...............................................................Klate


Erasmus.............Rantie
El Kampion
posted: 09:53 am
The circus continues this weekend at FNB...
Khosi personified
posted: 09:54 am
What surprises me more if people who always point fingers and forgetting how many fingers are pointing back at them.

First of all Kaizer Chiefs is not a national squad so, is pie-rats, sundowns or any other team for that matter.

When we went to the Afcon in 2006, Chiefs had 1 player pie-rats had 5, we were knocked out in the first round and scored only one goal. Did we blame pie-rats, NO

So to some this up, Our national team has been on the decline after winning the 1996 cup. So Stop pointing fingers.

My Blood is Gold and I am Black
Filaz Roger Feutmba...Sandawana
posted: 09:54 am
Thabo Nthete...kr kr kr kr kr
Bucselona FC in SA.
posted: 09:55 am
bench Meyiwa, Manyisa, Mathoho, Myeni, Furman, Majoro & Chapman.
msenti15
posted: 09:55 am
CJB Ramses III
posted: 09:10 am | Report
Shabba is undercooked & over spiced by propagandist leaving a hell of a bad taste in the mouth...
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
hahahahahahahahahahaha

Hehehehehehehehe..........

undercooked with those big 3 feet pots...hayi mara uyagula poi....tikikikikikitakakakakakakatikitakatikitaka
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kwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa undercooked that's a killer
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