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Match report: South Africa 2 Burkina Faso 0

Posted: 17 August 2013 Time: 15:34

Bafana Bafana made up for their loss to Nigeria with a 2-0 win over Burkina Faso on Saturday at Soccer City.

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Siphiwe Tshabalala got the opener in the 22nd minute, before Lerato Chabangu finally made it 2-0 in injury time.

It would not be an understatement to say it was a walk in the park for Gordon Igesund’s men as they made up for their 2-0 defeat to Nigeria midweek – although they wasted a lot of scoring chances.

As early as the third minute, Bafana were on the attack, with David Mathebula breaking free from the right and feeding the ball to Bernard Parker, but he took too much time on the ball an in the end was dispossessed.

Four minutes later, Bongani Zungu set up Mathebula with a fine pass, but ‘DVD’ ballooned his shot over the bar.

Bafana continued to pile the pressure on the West Africans and it came as no surprise when Siphiwe Tshabalala broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute, giving Bafana a well-deserved lead.

Mathebula, Zungu and ‘Shabba’ combined well, with the latter turning around the defence and firing home to Kabore Mohamed’s right.

That was Tshabalala’s 12th goal in 81 caps for the national team.

The closest Burkina Faso came to a goal was in the 37th minute when Sango Alassane put in a cross and Tiendrebeogo Ipias got in front of the Bafana defenders, but he headed over the bar.

Before the break, Reneilwe Letsholonyane combined with Zungu and his classy lob beat the goalkeeper, but not the upright.

Moments later, Bernard Parker tested the keeper with a left-footed shot but Kabore was equal to the task.

Bafana went to the break leading 1-0.

After the break, the pace of the game slowed but Bafana continued to dominate. However, they were let down by the final touch.

In the 51st minute, Letsholonyane, Zungu and Mathebula combined again to devastating effect but ‘Yeye’ failed to hit the target, with a Burkina Faso defender stretching out to block his attempt.

Bafana looked good for another goal in the 61st minute, but for the umpteenth time failed to put the game beyond doubt. Letsholonyane found his way around the defenders in the box and passed on the ball to Shabba, but the midfielder’s attempt to curve the ball around the keeper was in vain.

10 minutes later, Bafana were awarded a free-kick and left-back Marc Van Heerden stepped up, but he was unlucky when his shot hit the crossbar.

Burkina Faso finally put up a fight towards the end of the match, but Bafana grabbed a second at the death with Luyolo Nomandela finishing off on the line following up Lerato Chabangu’s shot.

Bafana line-up: Khune, Hlatshwayo, Van Heerden, Mkhwanazi (Gumede 70th), Nthethe, Kekana, Zungu (Manyama 56th), Letsholonyane, Parker, Mathebula (Chabangu 58th), Tshabalala (Nomandela 83rd)

Burkina Faso line-up: Kabore, Alasanne, Issa, Pierre, Dayo Issouf, Traore Sidiki (Soma 74th), Bayala Cyrille (Kabore Issouf 80th), Barro Sidiki, Adama, Ipias, Dumarou (Zoungrana 62nd)

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:19 pm
Shabba is pure class, there is room for improvement though. Haters will watch in awe as Shabba collects man-of-the-match awards week in and week out. That magic left foot will continue to terrorize opponents with ease. Sore-losers are still going to suffer from jealousy.
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 06:31 pm
Wasnt the headline :''Bafana Bafana scrape past
Burkina Faso''? ,now u say ''bafana redeem themselves''. Its okay Kickoff,u dnt have to sugarcoat this victory. We should have destroyed those kids.
I want to ask Mr Mabasa :how did we redeem ourselves by beating 17-20 year olds 2-0 wit a lousy 2-0 scoreline?
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 06:33 pm
man ,i cnt wait to see pirates huff and puff their way to a lovely draw against a team demoralised by Ramadan and political instability in Egypt. Cnt wait for 8!!!
Windhoek, Namibia
posted: 07:14 pm
Again, we are reminded. Mandela won the 1996 AFCON, Mbeki won the Rugby World Cup.... Jacob Zuma? He won a rape case.
MjeyB wa le Khosi
posted: 07:40 pm
Shabba the man all ratties love to hate.
posted: 10:17 am
But SAfricans like mediocrity! Tht was a C team from BFaso! U want a win by all costs? Are u tht desparate?
Stil Standing
posted: 01:42 pm
Was watching the game and listened the analysis and commentary, all I can say is , pathetic! Now u celebrate and act like u don't know the team that was a revelation here only 7 months ago? It was also embarrassing to listen to the supposedly seasoned commentators sounding ignorant and deliberately choosing to ignore the flashing truth that about 22 of the Burkina Faso team were not in the AFCON. I was on this forum during the AFCON and everybody was going on about how good and dangerous Bance was and now not single person remembers ? fellas plz
Stil Standing
posted: 01:44 pm
Glaring truth
posted: 05:22 pm
danki GI
posted: 07:20 pm
The players who were making their first debut played extremely well especially Zungu and Van Heerden.

K4L : let's hear
posted: 11:42 am
Stop winning the friendlies and start winning the real matches that rily matter.

Ironically Bafana are the only team i know in this world wch qualifies for all major tournaments because of hosting kkkkk, Afcon 96, Confed 2009, Fifa 2010, Afcon 2013, Chan 2014. the only tourney you have never qualified for are the Euros coz u've n will never host them.......talk of overfunded under achievers. now u're trying to get to brazil via the back door. my prayers are with Ethiopia.kiikikikikikikikikikikikiki
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