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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...

genevive
posted: 10:46 pm
Tokelo rantie , phala,nomadela,aowa masilela showed his class mathoho and nthethe's combination sucked
Sir eeeemzaa walikhosi
posted: 10:47 pm
@ Matt/ 2.0

Wellcome back Mr Appendix

k4l : let's hear
makhubele
posted: 10:48 pm
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!
LOL
posted: 10:49 pm
I am Khosi and a south African. There is a long way to go for us, I must admit. Is there talent in S.A, Is the coach at fault,Or it bcos Nigeria is good? Today,i cud see many weaknesses from SaN players,even from the most trusted ones.Something needs to be done.

Why do we alwys try to play or focus after an oppnt team has scored one?

Yeye,you let me down.Mathoho,were you realy focused?? Shabba,were you scared in the first min?? These are my players...i hav a ryt to blame them. As for other players,the less said abt them the better.
Juda de damn killer
posted: 10:49 pm
dat old clueless coach said dat h wanted to bring new young players(nomandela & manyama) second half... really? are those two players young? we are going nowhere apha. if i was watching de game alone i would have switched to african magic & watch those boring moves dan to be bored by bafana
Anonymous
posted: 10:49 pm
IGESUND MUST F-U-C-K OFF. IM SICK AND TIRED OF THIS DUMB TYPE OF SOCCER WE PLAYING. ONLY YEYE AND HLATSHWAYO SHOWED LOVE OF PLAYING FOR THE NATION. RANTIE IS THE DUMBEST COW IV EVER SEEN.
bucsprotogee
posted: 10:49 pm
The manner in which teko was criticised still pains me to this dae and when I look the players that are wearing the bafana jersey they are no where near the general even in his worst perfomance.
T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 10:49 pm
Tomorrow I am going to hire 2 Kwerekweres to cut some trees for me and then not pay them.
Anonymous
posted: 10:50 pm
IGESUND MUST F-U-C-K OFF. IM SICK AND TIRED OF THIS DUMB TYPE OF SOCCER WE PLAYING. ONLY YEYE AND HLATSHWAYO SHOWED LOVE OF PLAYING FOR THE NATION. RANTIE IS THE DUMBEST COW IV EVER SEEN...
G-Star
posted: 10:51 pm
Well done Super eagles,and also it was a good game for my boy but now coach GI must please do the right thing and make the right selections for games like this.For example the starting eleven was good but his bench was thin madoda.When he take yeye for Chabangu I said wow coach just give it away to the super eagles my opinion soccer lovers.
NaijaBros
posted: 10:51 pm
For those that watched the match, how did Ameobi play?
Mosiixty
posted: 10:52 pm
I don know why all this noise.....Nigeria are African champs while Bafana are still building......we all knew we gonna loose, so why all this gorillas seeking attention are making noise.
bucsprotogee
posted: 10:53 pm
Yeye man of the match the circus goes on
Bucs 4Lyf
posted: 10:53 pm
gayzer chimps idols failed the nation again lolest kwaaaaaaaaaaaaa i can not help it but lafin
Mr T
posted: 10:54 pm
Good performance from Nigeria,that was football lesson to BB.Nigeria exposure BB chronic weakness. There is a big difference between the two teams. Nigeria is miles away. BB players lack skills, composure and determination. BB problem is bigger then as we thot, its not coach relate, the truth is SA got no players. Take phala for example, he get into good position but lack judgement and make poor decisions over and over again. Proper decision making is very crucial in football ths days!
luuks
posted: 10:54 pm
the bafana coach has nothing to do with the loose to Nigeria SA players must upper their game I think this Bafana players must play with heart and forget thinking that they are stars whilst they are in the ranks of Lesotho, Swaziland
Sir eeeemzaa walikhosi
posted: 10:54 pm
Mkwerekwere are happy and Pierats suppoeters are happy, its clear that 90% of Pierats supporters are Nigerians

k4l : let's hear
Bucs 4Lyf
posted: 10:56 pm
cowdon Igasende and sex chimps, are taking us no were...... udp de bucs
msenti15
posted: 10:56 pm
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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wena-ke uyazigulela ngeke ngikunake mfana wami
Queen 2the Chiefs
posted: 10:57 pm
I did say i don't trust Tower and Mr Cool,as for Yeye,the man has been off since AFCON,but for some reason he came to the party on that beer cup

CJB
Saw your love(or lack of) letter to BB,poetic and hope one day those 99 cattles reach,know you were looking forwad to some samba
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