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Bafana Bafana beat Tanzania in Dar es Salaam

Posted: 14 May 2011 Time: 19:02

South Africa held out for a 1-0 win over hosts Tanzania in an international friendly at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday evening. Defender Siyabonga Sangweni scored the game’s only goal just before half-time.

After dominating the first-half and deservedly taking the lead, Bafana Bafana had to weather pressure from the Taifa Stars in the second stanza. Coach Pitso Mosimane will no doubt be pleased with the result, achieved with a shadow squad made up almost entirely of local players, and at handing ten players their first senior caps.

The visitors created their first scoring opportunity in the 14th minute. A corner kick from the left flank was completely missed by Tanzania goalkeeper Kaseja Juma and the ball landed at the feet of Siyabonga Sangweni, who strangely looked to pass back into the traffic in the middle of the penalty area rather than shoot at the unguarded goal.

Just past the half hour mark Bafana threatened again, creating two good scoring opportunities in the same move. First, Katlego Mphela provided a fantastic cross from the right flank that found the head of Myeni at the far post, but the youngster had overrun the ball and completely mistimed his effort.

Seconds later the ball arrived back with Myeni – he crossed to the middle of the box for the onrushing Bernard Parker, but the attacker sliced his attempted shot harmlessly off target. In between the two chances Bafana could have been awarded a penalty, as an Erwin Isaacs shot clearly struck the arm of a Taifa Stars defender, but the referee ignored the appeals for a spot kick.

South Africa certainly looked the likelier scorers and finally broke the deadlock just before the half time interval. Again Juma flapped at thin air from a corner kick on the left, but this time Sangweni squeezed home a diving header at the far post to make it 1-0.

The second half saw an improvement on the pedestrian pace of the first 45 minutes, with the hosts looking much livelier in attack. Lanky striker John Bocco saw a header flash agonisingly wide of the target in the 62nd minute, while Bafana centre-backs Morgan Gould and Sangweni were called upon much more often to keep the Taifa Stars’ attack at bay.

Sandilands had a quiet game for the most part, though he was called upon to make a good save in the 83rd minute, palming away an awkward, dipping long range drive from Salum Machaku as the Taifa Stars dialled up the pressure in the dying minutes of the game. The hosts did the get ball in the back of the net through Shaban Nditi a short while later, but he was ruled offside.

Bafana made five substitutions in the second half, handing debuts to Thabo Matlaba, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Thandani Ntshumayelo, Erick Mathoho and Prince Hlela.

Tanzania 0 South Africa (1) 1 (Sangweni 44’)

SA: (4-2-3-1) Sandilands - Zwane, Gould, Sangweni, Tom (Hlela 90+3’); Kekana (Mathoho 90+1’), Khuboni; Isaacs (Matlaba 64’), Parker (Majoro 67’), Myeni (Ntshumayelo 79’); Mphela

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:05 pm
posted: 07:21 pm
Guys am proud of you,pitso keep it up
posted: 07:23 pm
A win is a win, even though the game was below par and the picture qaulity was from some dusty streets of Tanzania and it kept on breaking in transmission. Anyway nothing we realy learn from this game because 75% of the players that were fielded wont be even in the bench for the game against Egypt. Anyway thanks to SABC for showing us this boring and meaningless game.
posted: 07:27 pm
That game was not live
posted: 09:20 pm
posted: 09:24 pm
Messers Kekana, Tom and Isaacs need not come back to the squad.
posted: 09:26 pm
Those who are complaınıng about the match not beıng lıve! They should start by payıng theır TV lıcences or brıng ıt lıve themselves... Ungreatful people!!!
posted: 09:26 pm
Congrats Pitso and Bafana and a big congratulations to the new caps. Work hard and the gifts will come. Its important to develop a winning culture, so this helps with building confidence in the team.
posted: 09:30 pm
Any wın wıll to a certaın level boost some confıdence! Well done to the new 10 caps and the entıre Bafana team. I am proud of you!
posted: 10:56 pm
We just won or should I say, we played just for the sake of improving our FIFA rankings.
posted: 06:37 am
Under circumstances, i believe Pitso and Bafana played well.
Gould, Sangweni, Khuboni showed experience in their game under pressure. Sandilands gave some superb saves although he also suffers from the same weakness of failing to deal with crosses lyk Khune n Josephs. I think it is about time that we bench Parker and give other players a chance. Serero can do better than him given half a chance to play. Lets hope u carry the same spirit to Cairo on the 5th.
posted: 07:51 am
Well done...
posted: 09:26 am
Wat a goal by Sangweni en most playa's wouldn't have scored dat goal.I alwayz rated Sangweni as an average playa bt nw I see u've stepped up en b counted en keep improving my man en u'll b great
posted: 09:34 am
hey Idiots,Morons!!
Which game u think you talking about,what were u Fcukn looking@?idiots,you just flush useless comments,who Won?that game ended in a draw,nxxi
posted: 10:10 am
Well done Bafana and well done Pitso but: Zwane and Tom were skinned in the second half. Gould and Sangweni had to save them and save them them. Sandilands jittery in the air. Isaacs did not manage a single pass and lost the ball all the time. Myeni managed one pass and was pushed off the ball all the time. Kekana was watching Khuboni instead of helping him and Khuboni was easy to watch because he stood still. If it was not for Gould, Sangweni and Mphela...eish! Majoro looked good bad no service.And then Motlaba? Again not a single accurate pass. And Parker? Oh mi lord. And Ntshumayelo ? (chasing shadows). We have problems when the top 3 teams are not available (the Chiefs, Pirates and Ajax boys would have made all the difference). Next time- try out Ayanda Gcaba, give Mathoho more time. Pattison or Mngomeni could have stabilised the midfield and passed forward instead of back all the time!
posted: 10:59 am
Pitso keeps on winning!
posted: 12:24 pm
Hhayi bo, Bafana did what? Who ever wrote this should go get his head examined. Or maybe we were watching different games. Azange iwne iBafana.
posted: 01:35 pm
Bafana won, yes u heared right, they won.....we askin u idiot which game were u watchn, hater!!!!
posted: 08:03 pm
They had to win this game, why not cause they had "Captain Morgan" with them.
posted: 05:43 am
What a waste of money forthis dull non-important game.

SAFA SUCKS, BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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