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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...

Queen 2the Chiefs
posted: 11:07 pm
Matt
The Tommy what what ranked Kaizer Chiefs Football Club number 25 in their list of best teams in the world

Goal.Com ranked Itumeleng Khune number 45 in their best players in the world over the last season, not what u saying there

oh by the way what did Billiat tell you in CPT?
Jjd
posted: 11:07 pm
How is the health of our beloved Mandela.

I think every television in the hospital was switched off.

If he die, his blood will be on the head of the BANANA BANANA and thier technical crew who failed to make him happy on his home soil.

MOSES, MUSA, NWOFOR HAS CREATED PROBLEMS IN OUR BAYANA BAYANA TEAM. NOW WE ARE HEADING TO DISSOLVING OUR TEAM. A TEAM THAT TOOK US MANY YEARS TO BUILD. NOW WE ARE GOING TO SACK OUR BAYANA BAYANA COACH AND EMPLOY A NEW BAFANA BAFANA COACH. MOSES, MUSA, NWOFOR ODUAMADI, WE WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!.
orefrench076
posted: 11:09 pm
Gordon Igesund believes Bafana Bafana will “send a message to the rest of the world” if they beat Nigeria in the Nelson Mandela Challenge". This man and his fellow south africans are day dreamers. You are not and can never be our match! Naija rules!!
2nd Star
posted: 11:10 pm
uZuma Funeke aKhulume noMugabe kulandwe uKatsande noMusona khona i-Bafana BeChiefs izodlala intesile.lol
Juda de damn killer
posted: 11:10 pm
Bucs 4lyf: moron, how do you khune is still a virgin? eish..... to be a pirates fan is an insult
orefrench076
posted: 11:11 pm
Banana bafana 0 : Super Eagles 2
CJB Ramses III
posted: 11:12 pm
If only we were all in unison after the 2010WC embarressment maybe we would be in a better place right now.... But no, Chipsies got over-excited by the divinely intervented goal ya Shabba and it's been down south since then... theres no end in sight as we, no check that, they keep falling down this bottomless pit of substandards....

Nywe nywe I'm a chiefs fan but..... Nywe I'm a chiefs fan but....... Voetsek...! NXA...!!
Heavy-D
posted: 11:13 pm
Straight from my corner:
Some supporters needs tounderstaand one thing ,that was a friendly match played today we still have some competitive competitions and the league that teams needs to play.I am so confused when I hear some Pierats suporters busy trying to dicredit Chiefs players yet there was no any Pierats player that was playing,their players were withdrawn because they are playing CAF competition and they dont want any injuries.
Chies were so patriotic by releasing their players to play in Nelson Mandela cup ,and they played with caution not to get injured because they are still have play competitive games and to defend the league as their are Champions of the league,no coach wants tosee his player injured because whenever he plans,he plans around that player .
Pierats supporters are just making lousy loud noise for nothing all they wish is that Chiefs players must be injured of which it will never go according their wishes.
Khosi 4 Life
Mavisto *''DOWNS\"*
posted: 11:13 pm
As long we still gave Tshabalala and his friends Yeye, Mathoho, Parker and Phala and hey don't forget their father Gordon we are going no where. If Mandela dies we'll blame these wild animals.

Bafana bachiefs always do what we except them to do grazing on a beautiful stadium, while Nigerians are playing soccer. On the international stage there are no Gqubules, Gomez, Mfikis to help them. You think winning the league by referees help you are the best, useless team. Champions league is waiting for you fraudsters and you'll be embarrassed even there. We subjected to watch these kaizer donkies embarrassing out beautiful country. I'll never support these bazebra bazebra, their faithfools always running naked on this blog mocking us with their stolen glory
stephenus
posted: 11:14 pm
at d age of 31, h s stil learning hw 2 shoot as a central midfield. If w col phala a bafanax2 material means dt w r far frm being competent in football world. Try 2 play a killer pass whyl u hv 4 oponets means u lack ideas. W always simply rush into tykn dsicion bside tykn tym 2 open our oponents effectivly. Bt d fct is who ever may b, w need a central midfielder rada thn holdn our hopes onto madala yeye as h s indicating hw old h is
Slyman
posted: 11:14 pm
Thank you Eagles. You have made my day. I am now a man of few words. You brought your game. Now we can get some deserved respect from the Southies.
NTT
posted: 11:16 pm
@T-Man wa leKhosi... Kwerekwere took your girls because they know how to take care of women. You call us Kwerekwere, but we look better and smatter. You call us kwerekwere, but we are not lazy people who rely on their women to feed them and provide them money mpokoti...
alcapoem
posted: 11:16 pm
Where is Tshabalala? he was busy in
the media teling lies? wher is the
confidance?
blackpanther187
posted: 11:16 pm
Nwofor deserved another call-up! Keshi must give this guy a chance.

Now to Ameobi and Nsofor: I think they had their chances and couldnt use it. But still want a old guy like Ameobi on our bench just in case. Its worth Millions to have such an experience player for 5min or so.. Lets wait after the Malawi match first. I think Keshi will have to make some hard choices this year.

This is why I think Keshi will have some problems:

- Eneramo will play a good season in my opinion. Besiktas didnt spent so much money just for fun. Plus Eneramo is in a good age right now, not too young not too old

- Kalu Uche will also play a good season I have the feeling

- Ike Uche will also have something to say

- Aluko just came back from Injury... This boy is a huge talent

- Ezekiel....

- Anichebe will play a good season for Everton. I hope so atleast

- Ighalo O..... lets wait and see

- Ujah started the season really good...

Hmmm we have too many strikers. I think guys like Musa, Emenike and Moses will mos def be in Brazil if we qualify, but Ideye Brown must do much much more this season. I think alot of Ideye, I think he is a very good striker but must prove it once more
Collynzo2
posted: 11:17 pm
@Naijabros, Ameobi was shyte! This should be his last match for Nigeria.
alcapoem
posted: 11:17 pm
Where is Tshabalala? he was busy in
the media teling lies? wher is the
confidance?
blackpanther187
posted: 11:18 pm
Nigeria won for our Father Mandela today! I am a Nigerian
stics morewa
posted: 11:18 pm
Bafana squad:Goalkeeper:Khune-Defenders:Jele,Mashamaite,Mhlongo,Matlaba-Midfielders:Doutie,Jali,Manyisa,Serero,Klate-Striker:Ndulula-Subs:Meyiwa,Mahamutsa,Modise,Klaasen,Erasmus,Ngconga,S Khumalo,Kekana,plz Gordon try dis n ur job will b safe
Anonymous
posted: 11:22 pm
Bafana miss Teko as if he is no longer alive and active
Heavy-D
posted: 11:24 pm
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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