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Bafana ease past Niger in African Nations Cup qualifier

Posted: 4 September 2010 Time: 22:39

Pitso Mosimane won his first competitive game in charge of Bafana Bafana with a comfortable 2-0 victory against Niger at Mbombela Stadium, but they may be left to rue a succession of missed chances.

The hosts scored both their goals in the first half – through Katlego Mphela and Bernard Parker.

Bafana were certainly the dominant team in the opening 45 minutes as they controlled the midfield battle and dictated the possession stakes.

The home side attacked from the first whistle, with Parker almost opening the scoring in the third minute when he met the end of a right wing cross, but his header was brilliantly saved by Daouda Kassali.

Still, Bafana only had to wait another nine minutes before they did take the lead through the dangerous Mphela.

The goal was created by Steven Pienaar, who won the ball in midfield and then played Mphela through on goal with just the keeper to beat. The Sundowns striker showed good composure to chip the goalie and give his side the lead.

The only chance on goal for Niger in the first half came in the 18th minute when Moussa Maazou tested Bafana’s Itumeleng Khune from about 25 yards out, but it was a comfortable save.

Mphela nearly doubled his side’s lead in the 36th minute when he showed strength to win the ball in midfield and proceeded to beat one defender and again left himself with just the keeper to beat. This time, however, Kassali produced a good save by spreading himself well to block the shot.

South Africa continued to press forward and did eventually find their second goal three minutes into added time of the first half.

Anele Ngcongca drove down the right flank, beating one defender before supplying a teasing cross into the 18-yard area. Parker then did brilliantly in the middle of the box, stopping in his tracks and producing an acrobatic scissor-kick to fire the ball home.

The second half continued where the first left off as Bafana were unrelenting in attack and went in search of their third goal.

And they nearly found it in the 55th minute. Pienaar was at the thick of the action again this time supplying a through ball for Parker, but he failed to beat the goalie, who produced a good low save to his right.

It was almost the exact same move three minutes later, this time Pienaar playing Siphiwe Tshabalala through on goal, but he too squandered a golden chance, chipping the ball over the crossbar.

Pienaar was the heart of the South African team on the night as he was the source of great playmaking. He also nearly found his name on the score sheet in the 72nd minute, but Kassali was again at his best, diving full stretch to his right to tip away an 18-yard shot.

Bafana continued to press forward but try as they might the South African team could not find their third goal as the game finished 2-0 in their favour.

It was a well deserved victory for South Africa as Niger were virtual spectators for the entire 90 minutes. Still, Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane will be delighted with the three points and a convincing win.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:43 pm
if you want to win always keep biboko cut on the bench. Keep it up
posted: 10:45 pm
Good work by the real general Sibaya-NOT BIBOK CUT
posted: 10:50 pm
We stil nid Benni 2 convert those changes
posted: 10:51 pm
That's what we need boys keep it up.
posted: 10:53 pm
ON the seriuos note guys. A soccer star must the looks n the style (hot looks) ie 16v, tebza moloi, pinaar etc. What is the name of teko's hair style? Is it also done at a salon or under morula tree? What about ditedu? A star need to be classy if you know what i mean. By the look of things, Pitso knows what i'm talking about
posted: 10:53 pm
Shapa Bafana shapaaaaaaa......good work guys...eish im also impressed by the way Botswana is doin beatin African powerhouses like Tunisia and Togo
posted: 10:54 pm
Shaaapa bafana shapaaa!!..hawuen
posted: 10:55 pm
Shapa Bafana shapaaaaaaa......good work guys...eish im also impressed by the way Botswana is doin beatin African powerhouses like Tunisia and Togo
posted: 10:59 pm
Wasteful BB, we should have punished Niger atleast by 4-0. Anyway good display by our team
posted: 11:00 pm
anele,steven,parker,sibaya tanx guys..m sry guys bt simphiwe iz sloly bt costin us nd mphela 2..we shld hv scord more than 4 goals
posted: 11:00 pm
some people need help, whats looks got to do with how some1 plays? besides, Teko isn't a bad looking guy, and the hairstyle isn't bad as well,
posted: 11:03 pm
Well done to the boys, though I am disappointed hore they didn't score enuf goals as they cud have.
I like wat Pitso is doing ka Teko, make him fight for his position.
Pienaar is doing wel for us so far.
Tivani must hv been happy to c his boyfriend showboating while the rest of team is aiming for goals.
posted: 11:04 pm
i am nt happy with the score because we were supposed 2 score many goals as possible to put ourself on advantage stages when maybe we become equal with our opponents wil hv the chance.But well done continue from there.
posted: 11:05 pm
tht team deserved mpama einklik n shabba should b the looser of the nyt, with all those chances he missed, teko should consider bng a professional freestyla/ ball juggla, wht he ws doin isn't necessary in crus matches. Anyway a win is the best result.
posted: 11:06 pm
Some people like Di 'E (whatever that is), are so obsessed with Teko. U must be gay to worry about how a soccer player looks like rather than how he plays.

Well done Bafana...
posted: 11:12 pm
dat goalie was not suppose 2allow de ball 2go out. Sometimes we don't need scary hairstyle in de pitch
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posted: 11:14 pm
Dont justifie wat 1foot master did buy comperin him with killer, killer is gud very gud. 1foot master sucks, as for the General king navigator hehehe hehehe the general.
posted: 11:14 pm
Showboating my foot,nx wena lukisi u have adopted the european language of calling our mzansi style of play showboating,watseba keng skatlorenyela,atleast Teko showed glimpses of his best while shabba is busy missing chances ajesa setlopha,makhenekhi keo he motho ajisitseng sehlopha eseng Teko.leave him alone plz.SHAKIRAH LOVE TEKO AND PIRATES.
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posted: 11:15 pm
the general will navigate them.
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posted: 11:17 pm
since when is our african style of play showbooting, fake south africans(these morons should go to germany)
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