Bafana unbeaten at Mbombela, but ...

South Africa return to Mbombela Stadium after Afcon qualification dance

Posted: 14 June 2012 Time: 11:31 am

Bafana Bafana will go into their friendly international with Gabon on Friday with an unbeaten record at Mbombela Stadium … but also plenty of bad memories.

The magnificent 2010 World Cup venue is one of the most iconic stadiums on the continent, perhaps even in world football, with its giraffe struts and zebra seats.

It is a fine viewing venue too, much in the style of old English football stadiums with the fans close to the action in stands that seem to hang over the pitch.

South Africa's first game there was a pre-World Cup warm-up against Thailand in May 2010 that resulted in a thumping 4-0 win, at the time the joint biggest win since readmission. It would be eclipsed a fortnight later with a 5-0 success over Guatemala.

Friday's skipper Siphiwe Tshabalala got the first goal in that game, before Katlego Mphela netted a brace and Bernard Parker got the fourth with a beauty into the top corner.

Their next match was in the opening game of their campaign to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, when Mphela and Parker netted again in a 2-0 win over Niger in September 2010.

The Nigeriens were fortunate to escape with such a modest scoreline on the night as Bafana wasted numerous opportunities to possibly match or even better that Guatemala result.

Their last visit there is one that will forever be etched on the minds of South African fans, a now infamous 0-0 draw with Sierra Leone in October 2011 that then coach Pitso Mosimane and the players believed would take them to the 2012 Nations Cup. They were wrong.

Scenes of dancing players would later be beamed across the world in what is surely South African football's greatest humiliation. For the likes of Tshabalala and goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, returning there this week will have been painful, but they should at least use that pain to ensure they are never again placed in such a situation.

Article by: Mzansi Football

Previous comments on this story...

Gucci Man
posted: 11:50 am
I sidlike this photo,
singifakela amahloni , dancing for nothing
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 11:51 am
We want to reform BB & KO talks of mediocre record in Mbombela. Cry our beloved country...
Gucci Man
posted: 11:51 am
I dislike the photo, Mr editor...please put a better photo.

Maybe the one of Phil Masinga at FNB after scoring that goal that took us to France : Siyaya eFrance
Donald Duck
posted: 11:54 am
Jika ma Jika< hlokolozing like nobody's business with the criminal mastermind, de jewellery robber himself leading de proceedings..
Anonymous
posted: 11:56 am
yes they are unbeaten with their stupid diski dance
zenzelemfanasibile@yahoo.com
posted: 12:05 pm
when we started qualifying for world cup u said same thing that Bafana Bafana never lost in Rustenburg but what happened we nearly lost lost against hungry people of ethopia(imikakaramba)nje nxa we tired of ur nonsense consoling us
DiStraight
posted: 12:08 pm
Jali is enjoying this moment maan. Moerskont.
DiStraight
posted: 12:08 pm
Jali is enjoying this moment maan. Moerskont.
Anonymous
posted: 12:12 pm
Here are my views:

Head Coach: Shakes Mashaba
Assistance coach 1: Steve Khompela
Assistant 2; Gordon Igesund

Under 23 Head Coach: Gordon
Assistant: Neil Tovey

Under 20: Head Coach: Neil Tovey
assistant : the current under 20 coach
Tallman
posted: 12:21 pm
To:Mpoposhe
Sowetan man don't grow taller than a "COFFEE TABLE". Look at Matlala, Makhanya etc..these are MIDGETS!!!MALNUTRITIONED theyr proud of eating KOTA and other township junk. Hence ya'll haven't procuced a SINGLE BLACK RUGBY PLAYERS BUNCH OF SISIES!!!!andiniva MIBOMBO YONYOKO!!!!!

YOUNG BLACK RUGBY PLAYERS 2012 PRODUCED IN EASTERN CAPE!!!! "X" FACTOR.

1. Scara Ntubeni
Age 20
Height: 1,80m
Club: (Stormers)
High School: King Edward Boys (East London)
Varsity: Tuks

2. Siya Kolisi
Age 20
Height: 2,00m
Club: (Stormers)
High School: Grey Boys (PE)
Varsity: Tuks

3. Lwazi Mvovo
Age 27
Height: 1,84m
Club: (Sharks)
High School: Maria Louw (Queenstown)
Varsity:UKZN

4. Fudge Mabeta
Age 21
Height: 2,00m
Club: (Bulls)
High School: Queens Boys (Queenstown)
Varsity: Tuks

5. Sibusiso Sithole (100000000000000% Xhosa)
Age 21
Height: 1,80m
Club: (Sharks)
High School: Queens Boys (Queenstown)
Varsity: UKZN

Tallman: 2012-06-13 14:36 [ Report ]

To:Wandile
This explains why Xhosas are ALIENS in SOWETO. B

Population
• Estimate (2011) 1,400,000
• Density 8,100/km2 (21,000/sq miles, matchbox housing and shacks.
Racial makeup (2011)
• Black African 99.3%
• Coloured 0.6%
First languages (2001)[1]
• Zulu 40.9%
• Sotho 18.3%
• Tswana 12.4%
• Xhosa 10.3%
• Other 18.1%
Anonymous
posted: 12:22 pm
i ve noticed that there is also a baboon from zooturena on this pic...just look behind jali kwaakwaakwa this baboon is also enjoying this jika majika
Tallman
posted: 12:24 pm
To:Mpoposhe

SOWETANS "NGAMATHOLE OOMARHOSHA/ONOMOKHWE", its not suprising that your sisters are running around RAPING LUNATICS.

Most of u don't know your fathers "IMIGQAKWE/IMIDLWEMBE". But jeez these *******s hav ***** to call people "amakwerekwere". Just look at LETSHOLONYANE, he doesn't look South African.

The day you stop insulting people from other countries and your JOBURG POLICE must stop arresting other South Africans calling them "Amakwerekwere". Just imagine a XHOSA lady who just returned to SA from U.K. was arrested in Jozi mistaken for "foreigne". She spoke ENGLISH WITH A BRITISH ACCENT and tribalist "MISUNU YONINA" of SOWETO arrested her.

In the CAPE Jozi is known for TRIBALISM and xenophobia!!!Those who grewp up "NGEMALI YEQOLO" since their mothers were "IZIFEBE" handling "IMITHONDO" of men from Cape to Cairo are haters.

Tallman: 2012-06-14 10:18 [ Report ]

To:Mpoposhe
Sowetan man don't grow taller than a "COFFEE TABLE". Look at Tshabalala, Teko,Baby Jake Matlala (most of jis loses r from THE CAPE), Makhanya etc..these are MIDGETS!!!MALNUTRITIONED theyr proud of eating KOTA and other township junk. Hence ya'll haven't procuced a SINGLE BLACK RUGBY PLAYERS BUNCH OF SISIES!!!!andiniva MIBOMBO YONYOKO!!!!!

YOUNG BLACK RUGBY PLAYERS 2012 PRODUCED IN EASTERN CAPE!!!! "X" FACTOR.

1. Scara Ntubeni
Age 20
Height: 1,80m
Club: (Stormers)
High School: King Edward Boys (East London)
Varsity: Tuks

2. Siya Kolisi
Age 20
Height: 2,00m
Club: (Stormers)
High School: Grey Boys (PE)
Varsity: Tuks

3. Lwazi Mvovo
Age 27
Height: 1,84m
Club: (Sharks)
High School: Maria Louw (Queenstown)
Varsity:UKZN

4. Fudge Mabeta
Age 21
Height: 2,00m
Club: (Bulls)
High School: Queens Boys (Queenstown)
Varsity: Tuks

5. Sibusiso Sithole (100000000000000% Xhosa)
Age 21
Height: 1,80m
Club: (Sharks)
High School: Queens Boys (Queenstown)
Varsity: UKZN

Tallman: 2012-06-13 14:36 [ Report ]

To:Wandile
This explains why Xhosas are ALIENS in SOWETO. B

Population
• Estimate (2011) 1,400,000
• Density 8,100/km2 (21,000/sq miles, matchbox housing and shacks.
Racial makeup (2011)
• Black African 99.3%
• Coloured 0.6%
First languages (2001)[1]
• Zulu 40.9%
• Sotho 18.3%
• Tswana 12.4%
• Xhosa 10.3%
• Other 18.1%
Anonymous
posted: 12:26 pm
bored editor
kaizer kings
posted: 12:41 pm
who is tallman?, and whats his point excatly??,nxa
DiStraight
posted: 12:48 pm
Now who the hell is this orangutan hanging of a rugby post? Hela monna this is KickOff, not Try-line maan. Sebono! O re tshwarisa di tswape maan! Eastern Cape this, Rugdy that. you should be busy ka Education Department meanwhile o bizzie ka di size tsa banna.

O ntshwarisa mofufutso maan.
KING?
posted: 12:56 pm

Check where there is Mphela, Jali n Yeye there are 8 legs there, whats happening. 1 leg is injured.

Khune is really turning that bike ne.

and those b.a.lls are heavy on Majoro, look at the pic.
Tallman
posted: 12:56 pm
To:Kaizer Kings
Go fuck your mother/sister as usual!!!WOMEN OF SOWETO ARE RAPISTS!!!!
Tallman
posted: 01:26 pm
DiStraight

VERWOED must be smiling the only side ya'll familiar with is TRANSKEI.

TYPICAL THOLE LIKA NOMOKHWE!!Doesn't even know his own country but his shack in SOWETO. Am not suprised PRODUCT OF RAPE!!!!

Every Xhosa or coloured is from TRANKEI (Umtata, Alfred Nzo,Lusikisiki etc..) + CISKEI.

Let me educate you DAFTY the former homelands parts of E.C. are the most under peforming areas (Due to their history like other homelands like Venda, Lebowa,KwaNdebele)These areas still have challenges of mud classrooms, middle of nowhere schools, bad roads etc..since theyr were ISOLATED. etc. In E.C. province most pass rates come from PE,EL,Queenstown,King,Port Alfred etc..and have always been part of SA. If ur educated enough you might know this but unfortunately you have given me a clue of what type of person u r. By the looking at my text if u were wise u'd see he's from the other side of E.C.

By the way what does this crap mean??????
"Sebono! O re tshwarisa di tswape maan".
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 01:50 pm
It’s been a long time since Bafana Bafana's glory days. During Clive Barker's tenure in the mid-90s, the national soccer team was a respected powerhouse on the continent.

Now we’ve fallen to the bottom of the barrel, with a band of merry men who have made an art out of disappointing the poor South African public.

And, in the process, they have turned soccer in the country into a worldwide laughing matter.

We are still haunted by the team’s premature celebrations after their 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Sierra Leone.

Gone are the days when supporters cried tears of joy after 90 minutes, now days there are only tears of sorrow and disbelief.

It's still hard to believe that our boys could not bag a measly six points from their last two 2014 World Cup qualifiers, against Ethiopia and Botswana.

Right now, caretaker coach Steve Komphela is valiantly trying to resuscitate the unresponsive team, while Safa searches for a permanent replacement for the axed Pitso Mosimane.

Finding the right person for the job is of critical national importance. So, being the dedicated soccer fans and patriotic South Africans that we are, we’ve decided to help Safa out by drawing up a job spec to advertise the post of Bafana’s head coach.

Vacancy: Bafana Bafana

Job Title: Head Coach

Company: South African Football Association

Job Type: Semi-permanent (We have employed over 15 coaches since 1992, nothing lasts forever, people).

Nationality – N/A (We have tried Brazilian, South African, Peruvian, Romanian, Portuguese, French and even Scottish – as soon as intergalactic travel becomes available we will consider looking further afield).

Job Competencies

•Interpersonal savvy: The successful candidate must never forget the words "We learnt a lesson today", and must be able to keep the media appropriately subdued at post-match interviews. We will provide a list of synonyms and euphemisms for losing or drawing, but in the unlikely event of a win, he or she will just have to make something up quickly.
•Language skills: Don’t speak the lingo? No problem! So what if the players don't understand a word you say, we’ll get you a translator – guaranteed to translate your rants into at least one of our eleven official languages, or a reasonable facsimile thereof. Money is no object (as the successful candidate will no doubt gather from their paycheck).
•The successful candidate is not expected to achieve unreasonable goals, such as qualify for Soccer World Cup or Africa Cup of Nations competitions, or indeed any other major tournament, really. We host those silly events more often than not, so why bother qualifying?
•The successful candidate is required to have preferential access to at least one form of supernatural entity (genies in bottles, wish rings and leprechauns are all acceptable) to give our strikers the miracle they apparently need to actually score a goal. The South African public can be very insistent about this.
•He or she should be able to withstand considerable pressure on game day. But don’t worry, the pressure won’t be on the coach to actually win. Just…try not to lose, okay? A draw will be fine! Or, at least, try not to lose too badly.
•Field eleven players at all times. Especially - and this is very important – especially in goal. Fortunately, form is not essential. Not for a goalkeeper, anyway.

Qualifications

•We believe the candidate does not need to know boring tactics as long as he or she has some basic knowledge of the game. Like the idea that sides switch direction after half time. This is fairly important.
Outputs

•Fifa world rankings carry a lot of weight – it will be important for the successful candidate to maintain Bafana’s current position at 68 in the rankings. In 1996 we were ranked 16 (those were the days) but right now we’re just relieved that we’re not into the triple digits.


Thank you for your application. If you have not heard from us within 21 days, please do contact us, as we’re unlikely to have turned you down.

At this stage, we’ll take anyone. Seriously. Call me.
Tallman
posted: 01:57 pm
Less SOWETANS can bring Bafana back to NORMAL. In 1996 we had players from all over, now we have SOWETO neighbours gossiping about FEW PLAYERS from other provinces.

Today we're push overs, even pushed by Ethiopians thanx to overload of SHORT ASSES like Teko, Shaba, Manyisa etc..

THE CAPE RULE S.A. SOCCER but we're ignored by jealous people of Jozi. Most of so called Jozi legends have never played in Europe, never won European leagues, UEFA. Whereas CAPE players walk straight to Europe without touching the PSL.
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