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10-man SA hold Cote d’Ivoire

Posted: 28 November 2011 Time: 00:43

South Africa and Cote d’Ivoire played to a 1-1 draw in their opening match of the CAF Under-23 Championship in Marrakesh on Sunday night.

The South Africans took a first-half lead through Ace Bhengu, but were reduced to 10 men on 52 minutes when the careless Thamsanqa Sangweni received a second yellow card.

Under-23 goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo saved a penalty from Jean-Michel Seri, but the Ivorians then equalized with eight minutes remaining through Henri Griffiths.

A sparse crowd turned up to watch the match and saw South Africa take the lead as Rodney Ramagalela produced a pinpoint cross for Bhengu to head home from close-range on 22 minutes.

South Africa had looked completely comfortable up to halftime, but the game changed seven minutes after the break when Sangweni deservedly received his marching orders. He had been testing the patience of the referee and indeed might have been off sooner, but eventually committed one foul too many.

The Ivorians should have leveled on 66 minutes when Erick Mathoho brought down Vamouti Diomande in the area, but Khuzwayo saved diving full-stretch to his right from the nervous looking Seri.

The one-man advantage was taking its toll for the Ivorians though as they piled on the pressure and they eventually got their reward when Griffiths poked home from two yards out.

He might have given his side the lead as well when he headed wide with the goal at his mercy, while at the other end Bhongolwethu Jayiya wasted a one-on-one opportunity with Ibrahim Kone in the Ivorian goal as the keeper kept out his effort from close-range.

Egypt beat Gabon 1-0 in the other pool match on Sunday, to leave the Young Pharaohs top of the group after the opening matches.

South Africa line-up: Brilliant Khuzwayo – Gladwin Shitolo, Sibusiso Mxoyana, Eric Mathoho, Thulani Hlatshwayo – Thandani Ntshumayelo, Sameehg Doutie, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Sibusiso Khumalo (Christopher Flandorp 61st) – Rodney Ramagalela (Kulegani Madondo 58th), Phumelele Bhengu (Bhongolwethu Jayiya 75th)

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 01:27 am
Not a bad start, we just need to b more aggresive
Clever boys
posted: 01:27 am
Boys played fairly n they should have won the match so were I vorians infact I think both teams deserve a draw but is had wo this one would have a big chance of progressing to the next round I saw the Gabonese. It will be very difficult foe us to beat them
Clever boys
posted: 01:29 am
I wish if we had all players required
posted: 01:33 am
It's not a good start but we all know that a draw means we're still in contention. So please Shakes, this time u should go for a kill this time, put Masango and Doutie together to complement each other against Gabon so that we can score as many goals as possible as we might need them at the end. We must not repeat the mistakes made by Bafana.
posted: 01:49 am
Sangweni cost SA two points.There was no way to attack the magnificent Ivorians as they looked dangerous when attacking.
posted: 06:41 am
gud luck in the next. make us proud boys.
posted: 07:03 am
imagine if all our stars wer there!
posted: 07:26 am
I dont see how we held the Ivorians. They held us to a draw...
posted: 07:36 am
Well done Mashaba and yo boys keep our flag high.No doubt next match yo boys will win
Gold & Black lamborghini
posted: 07:56 am
Good luck boys... & If they qualify... they will win the Olympics
My Dream team
- Keet/Khuzwayo -
Mamburu/Mphahlele - Xulu/Makeke - Mathoho/Hlatshwayo - Khumalo/Richie
Masango/Jayiya - Jali/Sangweni - Baloi/Ntshumayelo - Lebese/Dutie
- Serero/Mahlangu -
- Ndulula/Bhengu -
Skepe Mketule
posted: 08:07 am
Me & my BIG mouth: 2011-11-28 07:56

perfect/ excellent starting line up, I am very concern about Mxoyana he is weak/not match fit, no experience yet he is a captain, the goal we conceded if you look at it he was on the wrong position to mark that boy who headed the ball back.

Khumalo/Ritchie have played in that position at Rwanda I dont understand why Shakes puts him ahead of these two, this boy is liability. Ramagalela too lacks fitness and is shocked he should have started with Jayiya atlist
posted: 08:23 am
better performance defensive wise, SA defended well; ivorians shud blame demselves 4 nt winin dis 1... hope shakes has read CAF rules; we dont want 2 see anada embarasment of failin 2 interpret simpl CAF rules.
posted: 08:28 am
Great 1st half by our boys. Sending off of Sangweni & defending caused us the game
posted: 09:28 am
What a good start! We can take the trophy!
posted: 09:31 am
Shake's can do it!
posted: 11:09 am
Well done boys...keep making us proud there!!!
posted: 12:24 pm
SA under 23 were pathetic they played like amatures can not even keep ball posession for 30 seconds. With such perfomance we coming back home. Very disgusting perfomance really. Ivorians are weak too other teams would have given us 5-0.
posted: 04:21 pm
Good start to the tournament, if only we had converted some of the one-on-one situations,but am certain Shakes is working on correcting that...we can definitely win this group but need to take it one game at a time...
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