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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.

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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...

CJB Ramses III
posted: 09:55 am
The Bafana game was good, but it did not really challenge us that much (Keshi, 2013).

I repeat... A nice & easy picnic coupled with stroll at the botanical gardens of Mabhida for the African Champions...

After the game Ahly personnel waited for us outside the stadium wanting autographs & to take photos with us (Myeni, 2013)

The Dream Team walking into Pyramid of the shadow of death and come out smiling with a dead African Champion Egyptian Lion by the tail....

Nc nc nc.... SOS... somebody dial 0861 PIRATES
Dreamkiller
posted: 09:57 am
ALL our GALAXIES should try isthende trick it works like a charm.
msenti15
posted: 09:58 am
Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman says the team is ready for any physical challenges thrown at them by Nigeria.

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what happened mlungu ???? what are you going to say now?.. third division cow even Kekane is 10 times better than this thing
divhani
posted: 10:00 am
Use Kaizer Chips players
Bucselona FC in SA.
posted: 10:01 am
@khosi persinified uqamba amanga akekho umuntu onegazi eli gold.... oooh kompe awusiyena umuntu uyi-zebra sorry but nayo izebra inegazi elibomvu mase iba neskhumba esi black n white................. Bafana x2 were exposed yesterday without Bucselona players SA is dead. without Burcelona players spain is dead. finish and klaar.
TREBLE CHAMP KING
posted: 10:02 am
Keshi told Goal that he knew they would beat South Africa.

This is what Gordon has deteriorated to, Keshi is bullying this Mlungu. There is no pride in supporting this nation anymore, it reflects the Government in charge.

They say the circus continues on Saturday
kani-melton
posted: 10:06 am
Pierats are hurting that the coach cant select their cowss, KC players are champions n they deserve to be in the team of all the coaches that coached BB they always select KC players this should tell you that in SA the only players capable of representing the country are fron KC, we are the champions and we are the most successfull club in the country all of you jealous rats fans must go sit down n take a deep breath.
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 10:08 am
Eish Nigeria's Jersey Number 4....daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn what a player...sweet left foot!

Bobby i beg please enter Lagos and carry that boy...
Dreamkiller
posted: 10:15 am
Guess which fans will be supporting Zama-Chiefs this weekend? Pls continue on analysing Shabba's game izolo, i'm lmfao and hoping up and down with one leg at the office and you which leg i'm talking about.
Liesbeeck
posted: 10:18 am
Heavy-Dposted: 11:24 pm | Report Pierats suporters are sabotaging their country,everytime when Bafana loose or drawthey celebrate,that shows how confused they are .They support every country that plays South Africa and celebrate every defeat for Bafana. What can you say about this psycopath Pierats supporters.
I am very Proud to be a South African
Born and Bred in Mzansi
Mzansi my beutivul country I know
Phansi ngamalulwane phansi (Pierats supporters)
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Im a Pirates fan, a South African and unconditionally support Bafana Bafana. Its simply incorrect to generalize about Pirates fans re BB, in as much as it is wrong to call BB Bafana Bachiefs
The Game\"
posted: 10:30 am
The sad part about Gordon Igesund is that the nation is behind him despite his under-performances: secondly, Safa said it...We will give him a chance cos he failed to deliver according to the then set standards...Khune come publicly "No need to chop and change coaches cos he sees familiar faces in the Bafana camp: so we are stuck with this coach and his team: we won't qualify for the World Cup and what can we do...we can't chose our country just like family: I still believe Shakes Mashaba is the man for the job: Gordon takes these cows for swimming lessons, you read between the lines: his foundation for one is shaking:
keeper
posted: 10:49 am
Bafana is not mutured yet...you had your chances but you could not take them...on the other note still believe Teko has something to offer for Bafana!!
I support Orlando Pirates and I won't change
posted: 11:02 am
As South Africans we all need to take deep look at ourselves regarding the Football National Teams.....and I'm not talking about Bafana Bafana only; I mean all National Teams, from under 12 if we have under 12......We don't have plan for the future and its becoming boring cause every coach will come and play with our feelings and at the end they will blame our soccer players like they didn't know about quantity that we possese cause truly speaking we don't have talented players who can match the powerhouses of Africa let alone World beaters.....Really South Africa do we have a winger in Thuso Phala......is he our best winger in the whole country.....Some people have been in the National Team for the past three years but they can't claim to have made 3 assists.....

We have reached a situation where even coaches are the ones who are complaining about our players but funny thing about that is dat dey are not doing anything about it....

I really think we need a coach who is going to tell SAFA and South Africans that he has got a 5 or 10 years plan and start from scratch......

What's de use of qualifying for every continental and world tournaments if we are going there just to add numbers.....we really need to tackle at this thing with a plan; cause for now we are gunning for results with tried and tested but still fail players........when was the last time south africa A-TEAM CALL up a young player who is doing for the under-23.....We can qualify for 2014 WC but I can bet you now dat we will be knocked out in the group stages......

LET'S ALL FACE REALITY AND COME TO OUR SENSES THAT WE JUST DON'T HAVE WORLD BEATERS IN TERMS OF PLAYERS.....WE EVEN TRIED SOME OF THE BEST COACHES BUT THE PROBLEM STILL EXIST......

LET'S START PAYING ATTENTION AT GRASS ROOTS SOCCER......

PERSONAL OPINION......B.I.B
bongs.malapile@yahoo.com
posted: 11:03 am
kani-melton
posted: 10:06 am | Report
Pierats are hurting that the coach cant select their cowss, KC players are champions n they deserve to be in the team of all the coaches that coached BB they always select KC players this should tell you that in SA the only players capable of representing the country are fron KC, we are the champions and we are the most successfull club in the country all of you jealous rats fans must go sit down n take a deep breath.
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I am not a rat fan but I think the K@K you blubbing out your backside is coming out of your mouth. The reason we won't win anything it's bcos of your zebra players nyawana, tshwenenyana, masilela, mathoho. They were shown they are not international players.
Mzima
posted: 11:09 am
We have players in South Africa. What we do not have is a fair selection. We also do not have a true coach that will select a fair team based on individual strengths of players. The psl is also producing a lot of mediocre performance. The players do not treat football as a profession. We cannot continue to play same players who are failures. We need a total change. Bafana remains a poor sporting team not only in Africa, but in Southern Africa as well. And we think we can play Nigeria, Burkina Faso, pls. Running aimlessly will never produce SA brand of football. We need proper organization in all departments, necessary aggression and good decision making in all departments. This has nothing to do with playing overseas. It has something to do with teams doing a good job on their players, not this joke of favoritism.
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 11:09 am
Liesbeeck posted: 10:47 am | Report

kani-meltonposted: 10:06 am | Report
1. Pierats are hurting that the coach cant select their cowss,
2. KC players are champions n they deserve to be in the team
3. of all the coaches that coached BB they always select KC players
4. this should tell you that in SA the only players capable of representing the country are fron KC,
5. we are the champions and
6. we are the most successfull club in the country
7. all of you jealous rats fans must go sit down n take a deep breath.
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1. Pirates fans are hurting that BB, our national team, is forever going down. We dont care who the coach selects, but want to see BB winning unlike those who are happy that the coach hasnt selected players from so-n-so team, while they dont care of the results and the picture that they reflect of BB to the world

2. The basis of national team selection is the individual`s deemed potential, not team`s success hence Gaxa isnt selected despite him being a champion, but Hlatshwayo was selected instead while his team narrowly escaped relegation. Tortoises were not champions in 2011 and 2012 , but their players were selected to BB, why dont you ask yourself why prior making noise about being champions?

3. Wrong, they always select players they feel have potential to play international football

4. Wrong again, as if that was the case Sangweni [Pirates player] wouldnt be a BB topgoalscorer in the recent AFCON in the presence of the strikers like Parker, Majoro, etc

5. Yes you are, and such didnt help me [a BB fan] to win against Nigeria, thus is irrelevant to my national team

6. Most succesfull club in the country in terms of what? number of domestic cups or number of international club cups? We talk international football here, not domestic football

7. BB has lost and you say we[South Africans] are jealous. No we are not jealous but sad that our national team has yet again lost, meanwhile you are busy telling us that your team is the most successful team in the country, are champions, only their players should be at BB. While we[concerned and sad South Africans] are worried about our national team loss and continued deterioration , you are busy gloating about your team, as if such has and is helping our national team
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Liesbeeck,,, I like the way you address the idiots..! Keep it up..!!!
Slyman
posted: 11:22 am
When Moses, Musa and Nwofor came in, you could see the Super Eagles lift their game. The confidence Moses plays with is lovely to see, but he must continue to improve on his decision making. If Eshi is truly thinking of playing Moses in Attacking midfield, then Mba is in trouble.

You could also see the love among the players from the way Musa celebrated with Nwofor. This team can really improve when Joel Obi and Anichebe return. Keshi forget what Obuh did, invite Imoh Ezekiel yourself, he will not turn you down. The competition among young men can only make the team better. Congrats to the Super Eagles and Keshi
Pidipidi
posted: 11:39 am
Let the truth be told! Nthethe is a cow! He has cost us the game!
BUCS PHANTOM
posted: 12:31 pm
do you see what happens when Bafana bafana becomes Bafana 'baChips'? I hope they learn next time not play without the Galaxy players and stop using too many school boys to do the men's job!
olatoye
posted: 01:54 pm
GOODLUCK TO SUPER EAGLES TOWARDS FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 AT BRAZIL............CONGRATULATIONS SUPER EAGLES ON UR WINNING
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