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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...

Mr V-The Birds
posted: 02:54 pm
u bloggers u can say watever u want but the fact remains SA players lack football basics...u want youngsters,we had them abo Aaron Mokoena,pienaar,claasen,jabu.vilakazi...those players did nothing for BB so wat do you think Manyama will do if he lack basics..wat has Phala done as a wing?
The Big Boss
posted: 03:01 pm
I heard we lost the match. I did not watch it...Let me tell you why we lost the match so easily (although I did not watch). The men who were put on the field were not good enough to beat Nigeria. I am only going to name some of the players who should not have been fielded at all. Players like Hlatshwayo and Nthethe are not good enough to compete with strong and fast players like Nigerian players. Hlatshwayo does not even deserve a call-up at all based on his performances at club level. I have seen a lot of opponent players dribble passing him many times, and the only way for him to stop them is to foul them (sometimes in the dangerous zone-18-yard area).

Now the questions I have for Gordon is: why do you field let alone give a call-up to an bad player when there are good players (e.g. Tefu Mashamaite) to give attention to? Are you playing or giving call-ups to certain players for the sake of representing their respective teams at national level? If indeed, their selection is solely based on that, then you (Gordon) are not going to achieve anything. This also raises a question: Is senior national team coaching job bigger than you? There is no doubt in the minds of many South African football lovers that Tefu Mashamaite is better than both Nthethe and Hlatshwayo. Just because he was never called-up for national duty by the previously failed coaches does not mean he is not good either. Nthethe, on the other hand, is too weak to equally compete against aggressive players. He is so slow, and that is why Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns have not even considered signing him. You excluded Tefu because you thought you had called-up many Kaizer Chiefs players.

Gordon, if you are not careful, you will be out of job sooner than expected. The inclusion of Phala, to me does not make sense at all. Although the boy, shows to have a lot of energy, but he does not (and he will never) use it wisely. He runs like a headless chicken all the time. But for some reason we don't know, you keep fielding him. Why don't you give someone like Mathebula instead a run to see how he turns out at national level, since he had already proven himself at club level. I really wonder if Gordon has an assistant, and if he has, I wonder if Gordon listens to him.

Lastly, congratulations to Nigeria on your victory against our weak Bafana Bafana. You caught us off guard. Many of our trusted players were not ready to compete due to injuries and stuff. I wish they were there, and I am telling you right now that we would have performed differently. I know you, on the other hand, did not have some of your best players, but I still say if all of our trusted/best players were present, and you, on the other hand, had all of your best players, you would not have defeated us by not more than one goal. In fact, we would have defeated you. I hope the next time we meet, all of our players would be ready then... Congratulations once again, and if you manage to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, please go and compete to win matches...and even the world cup itself. I world be glad....Anything is possible...
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