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Bafana draw against Bulgaria at Orlando Stadium

Posted: 24 May 2010 Time: 21:29

Bafana Bafana were held to a 1-1 draw by Bulgaria in an international friendly clash at Orlando Stadium on Monday night.

The South Africans dominated possession and looked very strong in the first half, but faded a bit after the break as the substitutions disrupted their progress. The result did, however, see them extend their unbeaten run to nine matches.

Bafana certainly started the stronger side and looked really comfortable on the ball, passing it around smoothly.

The first real chance came in the 11th minute when Katlego Mphela fired in a powerful 25-yard free-kick. His shot made its way through the wall, but couldn’t beat Nikolay Mihaylov, who made a good save diving low to his right.

Only three minutes later and the Bulgarian goalie was called into action again. This time Siphiwe Tshabalala curled an inviting 35 yard free-kick into the box which just missed the head of Surprise Moriri. Luckily, Mihaylo was alert enough to make a reaction save.

It was all South Africa in the opening exchanges as again the visitor’s goalkeeper was called into action when Teko Modise tested him, this time from about 25 yards out. The Bafana captain, after some quick passing, found himself in some space and let rip, but Mihaylov was up for the challenge.

Eventually, in the 20th minute, Bafana were able to break the deadlock and there was nothing the Bulgarian keeper could do about it. Tshabalala whipped in corner-kick from the right and Siyabonga Sangweni climbed high to meet it with a powerful header at the back-post.

Bulgaria seemed to wake up a little after going a goal down and started finding more possession and applying some pressure. The Bafana defence, however, looked to be standing firm until the 31st minute when they fell asleep, allowing Valeri Bonjinov to sneak in and volley home.

Bafana almost went in front for the second time in the 39th minute when a corner-kick was cleared to Reneilwe Letsholonyane on the edge of the 18 yard area. The Chiefs midfielder fired the ball goal-wards with a ferocious shot, but was denied by another superb save from the Bulgarian goalie.

Thereafter Bafana continued to apply pressure until the closing minutes of the half but were unable to find a goal before the break.

The second half saw South Africa make three substitutions right away, with Tsepo Masilela, Aaron Mokoena and Kagisho Dikgacoi coming on. Masilela made an immediate impression as Bafana seemed to dictate terms in the second half, especially down the flanks.

Then, against the run of play, a quick counter-attack by Bulgaria resulted in Dimitar Rangelov getting into a one-on-one situation with Itumeleng Khune, but he was too good for the striker, making a fine stop from close range.

Thereafter Bafana controlled possession and managed to control the play, but struggled to create any decent goal-scoring chances.

South Africa: Khune - Gaxa, Sangweni (Mokoena 46’), Khumalo, Thwala (Masilela 46’) - Modise (Parker 69’), Letsholonyane (Dikgacoi 46’), Khuboni, Tshabalala (Cale 78’) - Moriri (Nomvete 63’) - Mphela

Bulgaria: Mihaylov, Minev, Angelov, Georgie (Nikolov 92’), Yankov (Dimitrov 60’), Bojinov (Rangelov 55’), Peev (Vidanov 89’), Manolev, Ivanov, Petrov, Popov (Kamburov 55’)

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:51 pm
Khuboni was suberb on the evening! Modise, Masilela and Tshabalala also had a really good game.
posted: 10:56 pm
The boys started well and i don't know what happened after .....but Parreira your sub really sucks and i guess you wanted to give your overseas cows are game all of them didn't bring anything can you take out all the creative mildfilders and put those cows Cale and Parker............
posted: 10:59 pm
Good game to watch,BB played very well with local based players fighting for first 23 slot but Bulgarian came for a draw by defending more than five players and have created only two chances. i hope Colombian will give us a good game on Thursday.Khuboni was outstanding and deserved the man of the match.
posted: 11:10 pm
Khune: Had a quite game though came to life when duty called. Forever fantastic distribution(mzansis finest indeed)
Gaxa: Tested a couple of times in his defensive responsibilities,not successfull on probably 4 occasions & d worse 1 ofcourse by nt tracking the striker. Great improvement from his movement forward & supplied 2 wounderful crosses that d attack could nt capatalise on.
Thwala: Did well on his defense abilities & showed signs of improvement going forward. He would compete with Maselela tooth & nail if his attacks forces the opposition 2 pay attention to him.
Maselela: Not really tested & came off trumps when called to task. Offered an good option going forward but did not suuply those vicious crosses.
Sangweni: Had a good game & would improve drastically with further exposure to the elite of the game.
Mbazo: Relaxed the back line with the time spent.
Khumalo: this dude along with Sangweni & Morgan are going to greater hights with proper self management & player manager to assist in making good decision on & off the field. Khumalo is ruthless in defence & his leadership quality is an asset to BB.
Khuboni: Revelation that we will chat about for quite a while & am super proud of this dude. To reiterate, he will also mature fabulously with exposure to the elite.
Teko: The dude had a good game & am glad that he's regaining form as we draw closer to the opening game. He adds a buzz when working with Tshabalala.
Renilwe: Had a wounderful game & his confidence level was boosted immensely with his performance.
Kagiso: His long range passes are an asset though at times made incorrect decisions in wrong areas.
Mphela: Tightly marked & had a couple of not so good first touches though showed that he is a force to be reckoned. He's still going to win game for the Nation.
Moriri: Relatively quite though contributing positively to the simple things on the field & that's what always requied in a team(blend of everything)
Tshabalala: Wounderful setpieces, good work rate without the ball. OOzing with confidence.
Parker: Think he could have added value to his inclusions in the game & am certain he will review his performance & come back strong.
Nomvete: Had good touches & it's wounderful to note that we have a playr that is super confident in taking on the opposition.
Cale: Did not add value unfortunately, maybe the pressure took its toll.
posted: 11:26 pm
well said siya, dats a good n fair analysis baba. correct me if im wrong coz i think we dont need 2 defensive mifielders, coz there z no fluidity n penetration at all. that showed after we pulled yeye off 4 kg n i wud lyk 2 c a 2nd striker partnering mphela upfront. otherwise everything is still on track i dont complain. bafana kaofela!!!!
posted: 11:29 pm
@i hate chiefs fan. There's a kc supota who's f.u.cking ur mum & ur stupid dad knows about it. Jo moer.
posted: 12:06 am
th boys played veri well except just for a few things. We need to learn to finish th opposotion off when they r down. Im stl nt convinced tht modise is a winger, we need more crosses cuming frm our wingers, cutting in all th tym is a bit risky. Way to go boys, we r fully behind you
posted: 12:51 am
Back home from the stadium. Am not so happy about the we play. May be if games were won by ball pocession we could win the world cup. Looks like we rely too much on set pieces. Our lonely striker had only one shot (off target) at goal in the 62nd minute and he was closer to the centre circle than the opposition keeper. Better luck next time.
posted: 01:14 am
Gentlemen , i am in the USA and i had a chance to get the game from Ukhozi fm through the internet, to those who actual saw it was it as interesting as the commentator made me to believe? because he was screaming all the time and he made me feel like we are ready, Is it so guys?
posted: 06:11 am
No Mr. Sox the game was not great to objective neutrals. However, it was exciting & very encouraging to us Mzansians bcos the boys played with such confidence and renewed vigor; I have not seen them play like that in years - not even in the Confed. After we conceded the equaliser, some supporters started to rally the stadium into another vibe of vuvuzela & song & we followed suite. Needless to say the players also responded.
posted: 06:18 am
psl trophies: answer is just in between your legs punk
posted: 07:26 am
My rate of players out of 10

Khune – he is our No1 - 6
Gaxa – one of his worse games, this Brazilian pattern expose him badly - 4
Thwala – to be honest, going forward is not his strong point - 4
Khumalo – better player on our defence - 5
Sangweni – yes he scored but he is not confincing at this level – 4
Koboni – SA current best player - 7
Letsholonyane – he will be lucky to make 23 - 4
Modise – liability, he will not make top 11 - 4
Tshabalala – had worse second half but he is still our best- 6
Moriri – he is the luckest player to make top 29 & lucky to make starting line-up, worse player - 3
Mphela – was he in the game? - 4
Mokoena – our leader - 5
Dikgacoi – he has improved a lot - 5
Nomvethe – runs like headless chicken - 4
Masilela – this one is class - 6
Parker – what happened to this boy? Complete deferent player…..4
Cale – since his Laduma interview where he claimed to be far better than Tshabalala, I have been concentrating on him & he is just ordinary. 4
posted: 07:51 am
it was perfect test we had last nite, emmidiately after we score a goal i noticed relexation on our players. it can't be correct. DE fIGHTING SPIRIT vanished last nite. back passes dominated our attacking passes, gaxa even made a mistake passing khune rite in front of an can't be correct. it seems as if dey were intimidated at de their home ground. MPHELA NO SHOT @ GOAL, ALL STRIKERS WERE CLOSED DOWN VERY QUICK, STILL NO PLAN B.

Skepe Mketule
posted: 07:59 am
Fred: 2010-05-25 07:26

excellent rating my brother you indcate that you are a sepcilist in Performance mngt, I believe in this rating , we cannt give ppl 50% when the project is at +-35% we will see o the 5th game who gets 6s n 7s.

When I was listening to Gordon Igesund and Perreira they were clear and concise on Teko that we need penetration which is lacking a lot, the thing is whenever he gets the ball he starts dancing only to find that the space is close already, he must get the ball and make three runs towards opponents and then he can wait for support, but to delay the ball and let opponents to close the space and get organising doesnt help, his game is at stake for Pienaar, nt that he hate him , he must give what we want, this tournament is about goals goals goals all the way.

with khuboni wonderfull you got your space already nothing more to prove, you only need to go abroad to work on your physique

Mphela the ball doesnt stick on your feet, pls work on that know when to release and delay the ball for support, otherwise one thing Perreira to do is penetration of which Pienaar must provide
posted: 08:00 am
Well played game by Bafana...and the work that the local based players have been doing in the 3 camps is showing, but to be honest i don't know what Franklin Cale was doing in the field. We could have killed Bulgaria in the 1st half with the dead balls that we had it shows that the boys are really working on that aspect as well. Khuboni was fantastic in the anchor role, and Teko is getting to his best. Just wonder what it would be like if we played with 2 out and out strikers?
The cute one
posted: 08:04 am
Fred don't right just for the sake of writing because it clearly shows that you know shit about soccer or maybe you were watching the wrong game, Teko is way much better than your overrated Khuboni Tshabalala is the man of the moment i just can't understand your lousy rating DOM DING
Once a Chiefs fan always a Fool
posted: 08:13 am
I noticed that without Teko Modise and Tshabalala or maybe Pienaar Bafana Bafana lack creativity. After they were substituted we became too direct and rigid. Overall it was a great game against a credible opponent.
posted: 08:23 am

Just put your emotions aside and concetrate on mrabaraba......and stop wasting space on this forum.
posted: 08:29 am
I do share my sentiments with the coach when he says the 1st half was very much better the boys played with authority and passion but second half the so called oversees players who ran like headless chickens I didnt see what they were doing and with Dikgachui complaining about everything I just switched to watch Resling.I support local flair 100% that respects no team. Viva Bafana Bafana!!!
Atang @ Downs!
posted: 08:36 am
i`dsay the project is half way thru to be was a spirited perfomance in the 1st half, though it went down notably after de introduction of our matswantle/ european based for the ratings Fred is wrong , how do give Mokoena and Masilela 5,6 respectably when they looked so rusty and out of place from the rest, i mean Khuboni,Simphiwe, Teko,Bongani and Yeye played well overall but u give them low ratings still-- u r wrong bro, and ur rating r based on favouritism and hatred for some players, then u shud jus stick to commenting.
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