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Siphiwe Tshabalala happy with the Afcon result against Egypt

Posted: 6 June 2011 Time: 14:57

After the 0-0 draw with Egypt in an Afcon qualifier yesterday, Siphiwe Tshabalala says Bafana Bafana are “heading in the right direction”.

The South Africans touched down at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg just after 8am today (Monday).

‘Shabba’ was South Africa’s captain for the match, in the absence of the injured Steven Pienaar, and although he did not have the most inspiring of matches he says he is positive about the result.

“It was a great honour for me to lead the team in the absence of Steven in this all-important match. Him being with us in Cairo really inspired all of us. Given a chance again I would do it,” the Kaizer Chiefs midfielder says.

“To get a draw in Cairo was just amazing and I believe we could have still won it.

“The boys worked their socks off and this was a well-deserved point, this team is growing in stature and we are clearly heading in the right direction. It was tough but worth it,” Tshabalala says.

It was a tactical match, and both sides had chances to score, but it was Bafana who created the better opportunities.

Katlego Mphela came close twice, in the first and second half, but the best chance for victory was missed by second-half substitute Tlou Segolela.

The Orlando Pirates forward was set free by Reneilwe Letsholonyane, and with only the keeper to beat he blasted it against the big frame of Essam El-Hadary deep into injury time.

The South African bench was already on the edge of the field ready to celebrate, but it was not to be.

“These things happen, I know we could have wrapped it up but I am happy with a point,” Mosimane says.

“We obviously wanted maximum points but getting a point out of Cairo is not bad at all. We have always maintained that whatever happens we should return from here top of our group, and our objective has been achieved.

“It was a tough match – I must give credit to my boys, they were very disciplined tactically and that is why Egypt could not trouble us too much. The nerves were there but they handled them with maturity.

“We have a good bunch here where there are no stars, each playing for the other, and that is where the spirit of winning starts. But make no mistake, Egypt has a good team, and very organised, but I think this is not their time, it’s ours now,” Mosimane says.

Bafana are now on eight points, on top of Group G after four matches, with two rounds left.

They are followed by Niger on six and Sierra Leone on four.

African champions Egypt are in danger of not qualifying and have amassed only two points. The only time they missed on qualifying was in 1978.

Bafana Bafana’s next Afcon clash is in September, against Niger away.

Article by: KICK OFF

Previous comments on this story...

Jam Jam
posted: 03:05 pm
HOT NEWS: "Bafana hold 12-men Egypt"

The 12-men Egyptian senior soccer team failed to beat Bafana, even thou Pharoahs had their 12th man (Lasers controller) in the field. This shows that Bafana are too tough for Egypt

Tibos [Khosi-FOUR-Life]
posted: 03:30 pm
well done once more but you should have done more especially as a captain nevertheless am proud of u, next to games you dont have to sleep and points to go away this group is ours period
posted: 03:48 pm
Well done Shabba, if you play your normal game you are the best and I believe you and Pienaar since stealing the armbald from Mokoena you haven done much so you guys need to fix this issue you are the most experience and talented in our team.
1 Leg zebra
posted: 06:15 pm
Its a job well done for the team, but I just don't get it why u guys have to be inspired by the presence of Steven. Does this tell us that if he is not there you won't be inspired to win.
posted: 06:32 pm
EFA sack shehata, BigMore's brother after a disastrous campaign, we pray BigMore won't kill himself, he has been through a lot already, u cud tell by his comments but hey who cares, let him die!
posted: 06:34 pm
Jam Jam: 2011-06-06 15:05 [ Report ]

I thought u will say 13 men(including the referee)...Hw can they have a Tunisian refering an Egyptian game???CAF is dodgy...
posted: 08:53 pm
posted: 09:03 pm
Shaba u were a shadow of urself yersterday,u don't have to be happy...all u did was ukuhamamba phansi,.....the armband was too heavy 4 u...u have to ask for the best bo Tsholofelo,played 10 games,won 6, lost zero, Drew zero....,u can be a good playa but not a great playa.
posted: 09:52 pm
Shakira u so jealous is sickening, I think u might be jeolous of ur father for being loved by ur mother or Visa versa if u r a Bitch! Bitch you!
posted: 01:00 am
Mxm,the khosi one...why would i be jeolous mara? I mean shaba ke kgomo man,and be realistic boss...did shabba play well to deserve my complements??? No all he did was to act like a frog,bekahamba phansi.....i can say big up to khune,yeye,jali,ngcongca and gould 4 sterling shaba,try harder boss.
posted: 05:59 am
Well done shabba
Swona Champ!
posted: 07:12 am

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KO needs a grammar teacher
posted: 07:55 am

I asked a question: What else can we expect from Shabba, because it looks like what we see is his peak.

Shabba has played so many games yet he still look like some1 who is in-expirienced and need time.

What did Shabba offer against Egypt: Nothing, all i saw was Tshepo Masilela being exposed by Shabba once again. Pisto will soon realise that, we can start investing on a young player who can offer us better than what Shabba is offering. I am sick and tired of watching him walk on the field.
posted: 07:57 am
Shabba ddnt hv a bad game agynst Egypt,he is alwys plyng lyk ths,he dsnt perfom,jst tht he scord in the world cup,otherwise he is a cow
posted: 08:01 am
I wil alwyz say ths: Shabba is nt wht hs fans media nd comentatorz cy he is, he s jst lyk any winger in the country,vry ordinary.
posted: 08:01 am

Shakirah: People dont like honesty espicially when its going the way of their of their own stars.

Teko lost form and everyone agrees.

Shabba still looking for his form - looks like he will never find any.

What has Shabba offered to the National team and why are still patient with him, What more do we expect.

I watched Teko demolishing Cameron and other countries alone n Shabba was a passenger in those games even substituted.

Why did n't Shabba stand up against Egypt?
posted: 11:24 am
Dankie KING,that's how it is,Teko used to lift bafana alone,whithout pienaar or shabba...Teko is currently not at his best,he has lost form...but shabba is regarded as an onform playa but he has offered bafana nothing....unemali uhamba phansi.
posted: 06:14 pm
Shaba is one of the best plyer 2 b produced in mzansi, u plyd like a true captain, given a chance u wud hv score, u r our very own Messi. Pitso is a good coach coz he brings balance nd his very cautious, if u can b allowed freedom like clive did with Doctor nd Shoes wil b unstopable.
posted: 09:38 pm
i normally don,t like bafana bafana but what i saw on Sunday they deserve A1 rating good luck southafricans
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