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Depleted Bafana Bafana draw with Zambia

Posted: 11 January 2012 Time: 19:25

A depleted Bafana Bafana held African Nations Cup finalists Zambia to a 1-1 draw in a training match at the Rand Stadium.  

Stophira Sunzu netted for Zambia while Ayanda Gcaba equalised for South Africa.   The match burst into life as early as the third minute when Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene made a mistake in his penalty box and parried the ball outside for a corner kick. From the resultant corner, Santos centre-back Wayne Arendse headed the ball over the bar.   That seemed to spark the Zambians into action as they controlled the match in midfield and laid the ball to Christopher Katongo who forced his way down the right  side and beat a couple of Bafana players and settled for a corner-kick.   The in-swinging delivery from Rainford Kalaba was met by a header from Sunzu, which goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo could not save. 1-0 to Zambia.   Then the Bafana defence looked out of sorts as Collins Mbesuma nearly scored but could only find the side setting.   Ajax Cape Town’s George Maluleka’s shot from outside the box was one of the few highlights for Bafana, but he was denied by Mweene.   Then Arendse again found himself free in the penalty area, but again headed over the cross bar.   10 minutes before the half-time break Mbesuma had two chances. First, he released a thunderbolt left-footer from outside the box, which agonisingly shaved the post and the second he hit straight at the keeper.   In the second half, Orlando Pirates midfielder Isaac Chansa reminded Khuzwayo of his PSL exploits when he forced him to flick the ball over the crossbar.   Five minutes later, Bafana equalised when Maluleka crossed from the right and Ayanda Gcaba headed the ball home.   A minute later Chris Katongo missed an open chance as the Bafana defence was once again caught out.   Then Katongo forced another brilliant save from Khuzwayo, but Bafana held on for a credible draw against a full strength Zambian side, who are aiming for a semi-final spot at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Previous comments on this story...

Super Green
posted: 07:47 pm
good result South Africa.
posted: 07:58 pm
Congrats to Pitso, AmaBINNEPLAAS, & SAFA, YOU GUYS DID US PROUD, just like in 2010 World Cup Finals.


posted: 08:19 pm
Gud result boys
posted: 08:33 pm
Congrats to Pitso FC. I know Pitso said they won the game, as for him drawing is better than winning.

Pitso "We are still building"....." Is vision 2014 in progress, thats why we are exposing this youngsters( aged 26+)"

Where are we going with Pitso????
posted: 08:44 pm
Hummm- it is interesting that lately, unless there is a win, reports on match outcomes are prefaced by some excuse.

...depleted Bafana Bafana held African Nations Cup finalists Zambia (latest)

...South Africa overcame some dodgy officiating to hang on for a 0-0 draw--- (2012-01-06)
posted: 08:54 pm
A practice match where a bafana jersey was used doesn't make sense. Well I don't get u know. I will like to think it degrading for safa technical partners.
It my opinion.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 09:05 pm
wat can one say anymo except WTF is this clueless caoch doing?I think we shud go ahead n play India coz we r gauranteed a win 2 break this winless streak.Go on SAFA n invite India,Guatamala,Luthania,lesotho n al otha marhurhurwana countries 2 prepare for 2014
posted: 09:05 pm
Zambia pull up your socks! Wel skin you alive if you dont win your next match. Idiots!!
posted: 09:11 pm

posted: 09:16 pm
Pitso! The result is not bad if u look at what conclusion was made b4 this practice game.

However I just think that Pitso should start being brave & bring the same approach brought by Shakes Mashaba b4 he was fired by Irvine Khoza at Bafana bafana.

We can't as a country be held at ransom by teams that don't see the pride of Bafana.

Pitso must just select players from teams willing to release their players & not going to 2014 is not the end of world.

Even though this was a practice,if this team have lost ppl could be saying other things.Why do we have to always bring this players down.They also want to play for Bafana bafana & under the circumstances they did well.
posted: 09:46 pm
viva bafazi bafazi

FACT south africa rocks

FACT botswana is going to play AFCON 2012 i mean ruri
posted: 10:04 pm
Mxm... Draw(ing) matchine f u can
posted: 10:32 pm
BB equalised...mmhhhhmmm.... Pay the sangoma, pls...!!!
posted: 10:35 pm
This is sh*t. this is a losers result. These players are playing in South Africas elite league and only struggling to hold onto a draw. This is the problem with South Africa. The players are losers, and all you fans who congratulate Pitso for this draw are losers.

America travelled all the way to Cape Town with a "C Team" and still beat us. The scorer was a 17 year old striker.

Drawing against Zambia and any Cosafa team is LOSING. I don't care what team played for Bafana. This is the reason why we are not in AFCON for the second time in a row.

STOP THIS LOSING MENTALITY! It is getting us no where.
Both an
posted: 11:29 pm
Whether Bafana bafana draw or lose SAFA will have a description to justify their failures. Continue celebrate over your failures. Shame unto you.
posted: 05:56 am
BB team B play very against Zambia national team,gud result
posted: 06:16 am
Until suffer pays dat sangoma its gonna b worse dan dese no matter we call it depleted bafana or wateva nonkonyane must tell de nation de whole truth nothing but de truth
posted: 07:29 am
Some times I WONDER if PSL IS RESPECTING THE SOUTH AFRICAN COUCHES if is a foreigner couch they give that coach any thing he want as for Iven and Nonkonyane the sonner they sort thier differences that will be best for the Country becouse they make Pitso to look like not doing the job, as for the results is good results please Pitso stick to the same players whom you can beald and trust on therm ,well done
posted: 07:32 am
Pitso was playing for a draw, Why are we amused...Why are we alwas happy to play for a draw at home, I cannot be happy with this ....We need a winning menatlity,We lost a chance to play in the Afcon or a chance of even winning it looking at teams in this tournament.We could have qualified easil;y into the next round , from there it was going to be easy...
posted: 07:34 am
as much as we like Irvin Khoza, kaizer Motaung, Motsepe, whatever is happening is sh!t. fullstop. i thought SAFA was the one causing all this crap. NO! PSL with its greedy bosses who also wants to rule and lead SAFA is the one. The sooner we realise this the better. Why SAFA always comes across problems under differnt management while working with the same PSL structures. PSL is destroying our country because of greedy club owners, period.
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