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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...

posted: 10:58 pm
hahaha mzansi's funniest ..... u have 2 love this blogg
Bucs 4Lyf
posted: 10:58 pm
Ro De Star would've wiped asses of that team
posted: 10:58 pm
Please tell me that this isn't the best you guys got. Even without Enyeama, Mikel, Emenike, and Omeruo we still won. We practically put our Team B on the first half, only when we injected Moses, Musa, and Nwofor did we score. I suggest you do what Nigeria did

1. Send young players(aged 16-19) to Europe and keep them there so they can get experience and play good football.

2. Get a new coach and start out fresh with 2,3 or even 4 experienced players and blend them in with inexperienced young players.
posted: 10:59 pm
makhubeleposted: 10:48 pm  |  Report
You all invited to Orlando stadium to watch south africa vs zamalek..from egypt at real mandela challenge,this one was zuma challenge! Marha chiefs yona
Its pirates vs zamalek pirates supporters should go ther leav us alone
posted: 10:59 pm
Yhoo Bafana Bafana, Gordon kept Shabba 'esenza amasimba' I've got nothing against Simphiwe bt mfethu u're liability to our National team. Whn sum ask ur contribution to de kuzathiwe u scored 1st goal in 2010 World cup & dat goal of urs didn't take any where ma broer.
posted: 11:00 pm
hebe usuthu! next yr bafana bafana has to play swaziland so that they win the mandela challenge. swaziland and bafana ar the same knife. remmember that bafana never qualify for world cup in 2010. they were host. hebe swaziland hebe.
posted: 11:00 pm
Uche Nwofor welcome to the squad!
posted: 11:00 pm
The truth about this game is that at a time the likes of Moses, Musa and Oduamadi almost switched off cos they saw the south Africans playing with aggression and tackling so carelessly. The game has been won and lost but I think the south african team should raise their game and challenge for their previous place in African football.
This is not the SA team I used to know cos despite the fact that the Nigerians never switched to gear 2 yet they won this game so easily.
Once more congratz Nigeria and please please sit up Bafana !!!!
T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 11:00 pm
Most Pirates supporters are kwerekweres that over stayed here in Mzansi and now they think their opinions does matter.

Black will always be associated with kwerekweres.
Bucs 4Lyf
posted: 11:01 pm
Khune is still a virgin finish n klaar,, Iker Meyiwa stated dating while Khune was stiil wetting his stinking Ethiopian blankets
posted: 11:01 pm
I foresee Zebras beating this Bafana in September they are very very weak
we beat mazembe
posted: 11:02 pm
FACT...No team on the African continent can dominate Pirates the Nigeria dominated Bafana today..

FACT....Pirates is the only hope for South African Futbol to regain any form of legitimacy...

FACT....Bafana are most likely going to lose to Burkina Faso so Mandela's hope lies with Pirates beating Zamalek on Saturday
Navigator Wonder
posted: 11:02 pm
Whatever u do don't tell TATA we lost eish Zebras and Gordon are doing everything in their power to kill the father of the nation

Just tell TATA South Africa(Orlando Pirates) is playing Egypt(Zamalek) in his honour on Saturday he will be represented well

Gordon,Nyawana,Yeye,Phala, its time to pack your bags and voetsek nxa bloody cows
posted: 11:02 pm
We had a good game and it was just a friendly. We now have to focus on Malawi! Our Team played really good. Our Defence was a bit shaky... but as I said it was just a friendly and we couldnt expect that SouthAfrica will not create chances... So our Defence with Oboabona and Eguweke.. past this test, because of the fact that SA couldnt shoot any goal
CJB Ramses III
posted: 11:02 pm
Matt/ 2.0posted: 10:46 pm  |  Report
@CJB Ramses III

Hola daar Champ! Kodwa ukuphi umehluko in what we saw tonight. Imagine if Nigeria had their A-Team, the final score would've been double figures.

Tl tl tl tl tl! Did you see that back heel kodwa? Hahaha pwahahahahaha kwaaaaa whew... And this is Tomy Smyth's Top 50; with a 'Y.' And Zebras went donkers when Tommy had Cowne at number 45. He he he!

Up The Bucs...
Grgrgrrgrggrrrrrr....... Eish uTop 50 yena hai... can't marshal idefense namanje.... this player will always let them down when they need him most... Uyabanda nje... plus iphakile strong lamalanga le Top 50....
we beat mazembe
posted: 11:03 pm
FACT...No team on the African continent can dominate Pirates the Nigeria dominated Bafana today..

FACT....Pirates is the only hope for South African Futbol to regain any form of legitimacy...

FACT....Bafana are most likely going to lose to Burkina Faso so Mandela's hope lies with Pirates beating Zamalek on Saturday
T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 11:03 pm
If a drunk woman falls asleep at the zoo with a Gorilla, the end product is a kwerekwere.
posted: 11:05 pm
A Kaizer Chiefs supporter will never talk ill about his country..nor celebrate a victory against his country or become unpatriotic .......that's why I'm a proud Kaizer Chiefs supporter
posted: 11:05 pm
sorry south africans, learn to respect ur elder brothers next time....we are d real kings of africa in everything....u ought to av dealt with dat a long time again but y'all won't just learn ur lesson and dats a big problem. UP SUPER EAGLES, UP NIGERIA!!
posted: 11:06 pm
Thank Super Eagles!
Thank you, members of this forum!
Thank you Nigerian fans as a whole!
Thank you NFF and Keshi. The journey has just begun for we still have a long way to go. I am begging NFF and Keshi to make sure that we play all our best legs at all times. Please make sure to invite this boy in Standard Liege. His name is Ezekiel Imoh. I'm not saying we should beg him to play for Nigeria. We have concluded that he plans to play for Belgium, but have we done our own part? He we invited him to SE. If we have ever invited him, has he refused and if yes, what was his reason? I think NFF should play a part in this and I do not think they are doing their due diligence in this case.
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