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Posted: 17 November 2010 Time: 23:46

Juan Agudelo snatched a goal five minutes from the end on his debut to give the United States a third successive win over South Africa and another Nelson Mandela Challenge Trophy.

Agudelo scored from close range after being fed through by another of the American debutants, Norwegian-born Mikkel Diskerud.

It was the first loss for new coach Pitso Mosimane and came against the run of play.

But despite a heroic performance from Steven Pienaar, captaining the side for the first time, and a debut for the Leeds United striker Davide Somma, Bafana gave a full house at the Green point Stadium little to enthuse over.

Somma might have been given a penalty after 10 minutes after being tugged down in the American area but the Kenyan referee Silvester Kirwa waved play on.

But the debutant was involved in a sharp one-two just four minutes later with fullback Anele Ngcongca, who came storming down the right flank but had his effort on goal smothered by American ‘keeper Brad Guzan.

The Aston Villa goalie made a similar stop off his line to deny Bernard Parker in the 20th minute as Bafana Bafana picked up the tempo, winning much of the loose midfield ball.

But with two fullbacks pushing high, the slow circulation of the ball by South Africa saw them lose the impetus.

The Americans had their first effort after 22 minutes when Robbie Rogers shot unmarked from the edge of the area but Itumeleng Khune saved.

Khune had two more saves to make before the break and 10 minutes into the second half dealt easily with substitute Teal Bunbury’s effort.

Somma had another half-heated claim for a penalty before he was taken off on the hour mark, replaced by Sthembiso Ngcobo.

Ngcobo tried from a tight angle in the 65th minute but hit a ferocious shot into the side netting.

A bevy of second half changes meant the game lost some of its sting and as Pienaar tired so even more of the fluidity was lost.

Pienaar did have a mazy run after picking up on a loose ball in the 72nd minute but his shot was half-blocked for a corner. He went off for the final 11 minutes replaced by Daylon Claasen, on for his first cap.

Siyabonga Sangweni had a half chance with eight minutes to go from a corner.

Bafana: Khune; Ngcongca (Gaxa 79’), Sangweni, Gould, Masilela, Dikgacoi (Jali 60’), Khuboni (Pattison 88’), Tshabalala, Pienaar (Classen 79’), Parker (Erasmus 88’), Somma (Ngcobo 60’)

USA: Guzan; Ream (Borchers 67’), Bornstein (Spector 46’), Lichaj, Goodson (Agbossoumonde 87’), Bedoya (Diskerud 78’), Carrol, Gaven, Pause, Rogers (Agudelo 61’), Findley (Bunbury 46’)

Article by: Mzansi Football

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 11:51 pm
overrated tshabalala plays shit diski.we rily mis modise
Anonymous
posted: 12:00 am
People can talk until they EXPLODE... SHABBA is the BEST....
Anonymous
posted: 12:00 am
Somma is rl a bfn futre,dis guy cn ply,pas,contrl bal.park was plyng sh*t nxt tym dis somma must ply alng wit mpela or sthmbso
Sexysox
posted: 12:02 am
Nywe Nywe nywe, where are those that said Bradley was insulting BB.
USA average age 20, how old are BB players , Damn they looked very old and tired. MLS is more Superior than PLS finish n klaar.

I told you guys you will eat your words,i watch this boys week in out, USA Defense was classey and Solid they did not need Londan ,Clint or Bradley Jr.
Anonymous
posted: 12:05 am
Pitso is a coward he wants to win at all cost instead of experimenting a few combinations , Bob Bradley a reserve side and he was the one who uses almost hs full squad. I've seen and knw wat Shaba and Masilela can do ,we needed to see Pattison,Jali and other younsters thrown into the deep and see what they have to offer not the overweight the kG.
Sexysox
posted: 12:06 am
No blame games guys, USA was just too good remember this was our own backyard with our own supporters very hostile to the Stripes.
Watch the space for details 15 years USA will be # 1 these boys are good and composed
Anonymous
posted: 12:15 am
KWAAAAA KWA KWA KWA so much for me being attacked by these TKO gays for saying we are going to loose to USA. SA football is lowclass & the only hope we have is in the 9 year olds, we also need coaches that intellectuals cause it seams anyone who is a qualified motivational speaker is good nough to coach SA teams. Again I wait for Steven Pienaar to help us win something he promised 8 years ago.
21 Guns Salute
posted: 12:17 am
I always thought Pitso was a good coach but guys tell me what did Khuboni did in Bafana jersey??? I mean we have Jali and Pattison good passers of the ball on the bench but Pitso is keeping his donkey for 90minutes. Why replace KG leaving a cow grazing on the grass???

Anele Ngcoca people is that guy playing overseas oh my god we are in big toruble. He can't trap, pass or cross the ball WTF!!! As for Parker he is not playing for his team and you could see he is not match fit always playing backwards.

The USA came to defend and hit us on the counter but we were busy playing backward and across the park... back and forth and sideways no going forward. No single save from the goalkeeper the whole second half. Parker should have been replaced and left two big guys Somma and Sthe on the field.

I lost respect for Pitso today he is a mickey mouse coach.
Anonymous
posted: 12:19 am
@Sox I blv USA's quality is exaggerated by SA's lack of quality.
IKKALU
posted: 12:28 am
Somma – I want to destroy USA, destroy indeed SA your problem is your mouth, once you are called to the National thing you start talking to press thinking that you are star already, after talking play it in the filed.
mo-tsepula
posted: 12:36 am
THANK GOD MODISE DID NOT PLAY COS PEOPLE WIL B BLAMING HIM SO BLAME U'R FAVORITES BO TSHABALALA LEAVE GENERAL ALONE PLIS.THE MORE U DESTROY TEKO MODISE IS THE MORE U DESTROY BAFANA LOOK AT PIRATES IT NEEDS TEKO'S STABILITY.
mo-tsepula
posted: 12:40 am
WHY WAS PATTISON & JALI GIVEN A FEW MINUTES PITSO CUD HAVE SUBED AFTER H/T LUK AT USA THEY SUBBED EARLY & IT WORKED HE HE MODISE IS NOT PLAYING WHAT ABOUT DIKGACOI & PARKER.PITSO SHUD STOP BEIN AROGANT
Sexysox
posted: 12:53 am
@ Matwetwe remember we were playing US under 23 and Damn they did frustrate us big time, no chance our defense was very shaky intimes like this then thats how you see that Mbazo we hate him but he makes our defense SOLID. and again average US age 20 SA 42
Anonymous
posted: 01:01 am
Guys tel me why somma was replaced an not parker. Pitso is clueles. Parker was neva in the game stil he played 4 90 mnts. Y cnt give somma a chance and let c what he can do
Itunes22
posted: 01:42 am
POOR BAFANA!THEY WANT TO CONQUER THE WORLD BUT THEY CANT EVEN CONQUER SOUTHERN AFRICAN NATIONAL TEAMS LET ALONE AFRICA!!NXA.....
mo-tsepula
posted: 02:02 am
WHAT IS NGCOWBO DOIN IN BB ANYWAY THE LEAST SAID BOUT TSHABALALA,FAT DIKGACOI AND PARKER THE BETTER.IF MODISE CUD HAVE PLAYED HE WILL BE USED AS A SCAPEGOAT THANK YOU PITSO FOR PROTECTING MODISE AGAINST CHIEFS FANS WHO IN THEIR EYES SAINT TSHABALALA CAN DO NO WRONG.PITSO IS JUST AN AROGANT JUNGLE OATS COACH
Anonymous
posted: 02:10 am
he wee he wee he wee Somma this Somma that Bwuhahahahahahahaahahaha, Bafana X2 are a bunch of cows.....
Trouble Shooter
posted: 05:09 am
@ Mr Matwetwe: @Sox I blv USA's quality is exaggerated by SA's lack of quality.

This short statement is so point blank with precision; I wondered if the writer is a Military person or from that blood line. You have said it all. No matter the millions of word that anybody would use to describe Bafana Bafana, it can never match the above.

SA lacks quality. "If wishes were Horses, Beggars would ride".
Anonymous
posted: 05:46 am
So sad that Bafana could not beat the United States U17 team.
KidKudu7
posted: 05:47 am
I said earlier that Pitso is biased & indeed I was right. I'm so happy that his tasted defeat especially @ home.
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