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Bafana and Senegal end goalless

South Africa and Senegal drew 0-0 in an International friendly

Posted: 29 February 2012 Time: 10:53 pm

South Africa played to a goalless draw with Senegal in an international friendly at a rainy Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Wednesday night. 

There was no intensity, not enough movement, passion or energy from South Africa, who were afforded an extra training session over their opponents.

The first half was a dull affair, with neither side employing a wealth of attacking ambition. The hosts dominated possession, with Senegal’s young side, made up mainly of Under-23 players, happy to sit back and go through the motions.

The best chance of the opening 45 minutes fell to May Mahlangu. He initially won the ball on the right, played a good pass through to Serero, followed the move and was put through one on one against the keeper. But he shot straight at Bouna Coundoul.

Thulani Serero’s fancy footwork saw him almost walk through the visitor’s defence, but Katlego Mphela’s shot was too weak to trouble Coundoul. ‘Killer’ was a shadow of his goalscoring self in the encounter, and actually stole the ball off ‘Cream’, who was carrying the momentum.

On the half-hour mark, Kagisho Dikgacoi threaded through a nice ball for Edward Manqela, but he was caught offside. Early in the second half, the man from Free State Stars would spurn another such chance as he failed to beat the offside trap.

There was an appeal for a penalty from Bafana as there was a small push on Mphela in the box, but it was quickly waved away from refereeRuzive Ruzive.

Itumeleng Khune didn’t have much to do but punch out a corner from Dama Ndoye, before Tsepo Masilela ended the half with a shot that Coundoul easily picked out.

After the interval, play trickled on again with no real intensity until a brilliant ball from Anele Ngcongca was headed robustly byMphela with 58 minutes on the clock, but Coundoul was equal to the effort.

The visitors' best chance of the encounter came 10 minutes later when Ndiaye Deme Ndiaye put in a dangerous cross from the left flank, but Ndoye couldn’t make contact with the ball after sliding in.

A triple change by Pitso Mosimane, who had already replaced ‘KG’ and Masilela with Thanduyise Khuboni and Punch Masenamela respectively seemed to liven Bafana up a bit.

Teko Modise, Lebohang Mokoena and George Maluleka werebrought on for Serero, Manqela and Steven Pienaar.

Mphela and Modise combined well before the latter’s clever ball from the right was directed towards Mahlangu. The 22-year-old contested for the ball, but picked up a knock in the process and Thamsanqa Sangweni replaced him.

Mphela went close again for Bafana on 85 minutes, before with just a minute remaining Masenamela played in Modise, who reached for his shot and it was thus a tame effort.

But before the final whistle, ‘Donadoni’ displayed excellent technique to bring the ball down, before curling a shot that shaved the topnetting.

It was a fitting end – Bafana promised so much, but with time up, almost once again didn’t count.

SA: Khune; Ngcongca, Khumalo, Gould, Masilela (Masenamela 46’), Pienaar (Maluleka 68’), Dikgacoi (Khuboni 46’), Mahlangu (T. Sangweni 85’), Serero (Modise 68’), Mphela, Manqele (Mokoena 68’) Senegal: Coundoul; J. Faty, Ba, P. Gueye, Souare, I. Gueye, Diame (Kouyate 56’), R. Faty (Thioune 88’), N’Diaye (Diabang 64’), Konate (Diop 90+5’), N’Doye (Badji 72’) 

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 11:02 pm
Draw! Draw! Draw! So boring
Anonymous
posted: 11:04 pm
Eish, Teko ndoda! Maar nawe Pitso why you start the Navigator on the bench? Ulayekile!

As for this Killer wenu lo, mnx! He can't blame Modise when he had the whole game to himself puffing and huffing, Benni must be brought back a.s.a.p!

Pitso remains a joke if the result is anything to go by, but I agree with him that Madela must be paid. mh.mh. Poor Pitso!
Anonymous
posted: 11:04 pm
I don't like pitso as the head coach of the senior national team given his past failure, however, today one must acknowledge that he tried new combinations which is a step in the right direction. as much as we all love to criticize him- let's encourage him whenever he does something good for the benefit of the nation- it's a pity bafana did not win otherwise the boys played well it's only a matter of time before they get it right.. it was good not seeing shabalala.
PROUD OF SUNDOWNS PLAYERS- THEY MADE BAFANA TICK.
Loved the King's reaction when teko decided to pass the ball to the opposition's keeper lol- that was his goal before the President's
Anonymous
posted: 11:07 pm
south africa is suffering from a mental block and we have coach who is now so under pressure(created by him anyway).pitso needs to step back a bit and see this situation from outside and come up with solutions not complaints about missing chances.football is not dependent on one striker to score goals,rather it is the whole team.we did not play badly but we did not play well at the same time.thats all he could have said.south africa needs to play more friendlies outside of the country and build a bit of confidence,and really we cant compete with these big african players no ways
CHAMP Mpotjekegobotje
posted: 11:08 pm
I missed the action,how was the draw celebrated this tym...ka hlokoloza or what???Mxm,useless drawz!!!
Chester missing
posted: 11:17 pm
I'm a chiefs fan and i think hlasela mafutha a.k.a bennie must be called up. I think he is smart than all these cows, especially the bull from cloropot kraal by the name mphela.
Anonymous
posted: 11:17 pm
Pitso,Bafana en SAFA are fake
Anonymous
posted: 11:21 pm
What a waste of time,Bennie is needed if we want 2 qualify 4 Brazil,i loose hope with this galexy of stars.
Anonymous
posted: 11:22 pm
i realy dont knw wht 2say. Bt pay sbonelo madela
5skippers
posted: 11:22 pm
Akukhokhelwe uMatatazela!!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:23 pm
I gues poor Khune is to be blamed for Teko's poor finishing touch. Ooh we can also find a way perhaps to put blame on Yeye, neeehhh I actually think Tshabalala must be blamed. But why not Parker or Majoro? This is exactly what is going through the minds of the KC haters. They are busy hunting for an excuse to blame KC players. Mahlangu, Pienaar, Serero, Manqele, dikgacoi and Punch had a great game.
Anonymous
posted: 11:24 pm
year,mzanzi played well bt they need to improve on finishing.teko modise wz good despite missin a simple one.gud luck next tym guyz.a guy from botswana...
5skippers
posted: 11:25 pm
Akukhokhelwe uMatatazela!!!
5skippers
posted: 11:30 pm
Akukhokhelwe uMatatazela!!!
dallmeier
posted: 11:31 pm
nice one pitso,please work with that team soon the goals will come,one step at a time.
Anonymous
posted: 11:33 pm
since pitso is in kzn he myt as wel pay the sangoma wit his own salary. We always dominate games but nver score. I bet that sm individuals here wil blame khune for da draw haha idiots.
Anonymous
posted: 11:47 pm
Pitso must go, he don't know anything
Anonymous
posted: 11:52 pm
pay the JUJU man, then goals will come
Anonymous
posted: 11:56 pm
The Great Roger Milla of Cameroon led Africa to it's first ever quarter-final berth in the Soccer World Cup in 1990 ( Italia '90), scoring 4 goals in the process, before unceremoniously losing by an odd goal to England. He became 'The' icon of African football at the age of 34. Four years later in U.S.A 94, Milla became the oldest player to score at a Soccer World Cup, at the age of 38. Interviewed after the Afcon of '98 about a player that he thinks can emulate him, guess which player stood out for him? Yes! You've guessed it...Benni McCarthy! Benni may not be around come Brazil 2014, but he's around now. He could play a vital role in the Qualifying campaign. Lookin at the way Bafana plays, it's a matter of guidance on the field that is needed, because the boys are'nt playing badly and Benni has enormous axperience, ability, football intelligence to rub off to these talented, yet immature and precision lacking South African players. Bafana needs Benni...Period!
Anonymous
posted: 12:37 am
maphuti:2012-02-29 07:20

"Bafana Bafana's players are in a confident mood"__We heard this before. Remember VS USA in Mandela Challenge as well as Ivory Coast? Do I even have to go as far back as Confederation s cup against Iraq at Ellis Park(coca cola)? Against Niger?

They say all these to get you to the stadium, when u get there..they defend a O-O score. Pitso will be defending today coz he plays for Ranking not for entertaining south africans

maphuti:2012-02-29 07:23

SAFA- South African Fools Association should let Pitso go after today's game
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