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South Africa beat Gabon 3-0 in a friendly international

Posted: 15 June 2012 Time: 22:25

After eight matches without a win, Bafana Bafana beat Gabon 3-0 in a friendly international at Mbombela Stadium on Friday evening.

Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the opener with a great free-kick into the top corner in the 42nd minute.

Tokelo Rantie and substitute Mzikayise Mashaba made it three in the second half.

The victory makes it a 50th cap to remember for right-back Siboniso Gaxa.

Man of match May Mahlangu had an impressive match in the heart of midfield, driving at the Gabonese defence early in the game.

The Swedish-based midfielder tried his luck from range with a powerful effort towards the end of the match, after spotting the keeper off his line, but his shot was over the bar.

With seven changes to the side that drew with Botswana, South Africa dominated possession from the start, but wasted a number of chances in the first half.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane, who had a fairly solid match in the middle of the park, had the first chance in the 15th minute, but his attempted lofted shot was just over the bar.

Despite playing with just Rantie up front, Bafana were the more attacking side. Gabon, who were using the match to have a look at a prospective Olympic squad, were pinned back in their half.

Teko Modise came agonisingly close on 20 minutes, but after a one-on-one with the keeper his shot was tipped wide.

From the resulting corner-kick Morgan Gould came close with a header that went just past the post.

A few minutes later Rantie got on the end of a ball in the penalty area, but struck his shot into the stands.

Modise had another chance on half an hour, but for the second time in as many weeks he skied the ball way over the bar, despite having plenty of time for the shot.

On 40 minutes Rantie was fouled just outside the box, after a good run through the middle.

'Shabba' stepped up for the free-kick, and found the left top corner with a trademark left-foot shot, handing Bafana a much-needed lead going into half-time.

In the second half, Rantie's run got him on the end of a perfectly-weighted pass from second-half substitute Thulani Serero, which he cooly powered home to make it 2-0.

Eight minutes later, after some fantastic build-up play, Siyabonga Nomvete laid the ball on to Mashaba, who poked it past the Gabon keeper with the outside of his boot to seal the win. 

Caretaker coach Steve Komphela, who said before the match that he was going to be doing some experimenting, will hope the result counts in his favour as Safa look for their new Bafana Bafana coach.

South Africa starting XI: Khune, Gaxa, Masenamelala, Mathoho, Gould, Modise, Tshabalala, Letsholonyane, Mahlangu, Mokoena, Rantie

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:47 pm
wel played evn thou its for nthn. Yeye mahlangu telo lebo shabba ay ay really enjoyed ur touches during da first 20min. I wanda wat da orphans wil say as dy like to criticise da chiefs players. Haha khune wil remain no1 in mzansi no mata wat.
posted: 10:47 pm
posted: 10:51 pm
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 10:52 pm
Mxx bl.o.ody idiots, only prioritising useless games and im even 100% sure the next game which important they are going to draw or lose,,,!
posted: 10:52 pm
Come the real match, they will be choking again.
Sel proclaimed bafana number 1
posted: 10:53 pm
I wonder if that stupite pitso was watching the game,we played like a team so we should take it from there.

Well done Bafana Bafana
posted: 10:54 pm
ag! Useless win..
posted: 10:57 pm
Is this the same team that played Botswana where 3 points was at stake? Am not convienced and wil never celebrate mediocrity! What was at stake today to subject that nice display? Similar to zebras dat win useless games and lose and draw important games.
posted: 10:57 pm
It was under 23 for goodness sake. Let's wait 4 the real deal en see how they perfom but we can built from here
posted: 10:58 pm
Does this mean we should now congratulate Amakhozi 4 the win? I mean our haters blamed KC 4 all the draws we had over the past couple of game & that was mainly bcos we had their headless players lyk secowlela disturbing all our moves. Watch out haters bcos Khune, Gaxa, Gould, Matoho (our nxt signing in few hours tym), Yeye, Shabba, Nkosi (jst signed), Parker, Ncobo, Baloyi, Majoro and Manqele (our nxt signing) are all taking over and it was clear that from pie-rates we'll only select Jali to warm the bench.
posted: 10:58 pm
Well done boys,hope that win was not your last one and I wld loved to see u guys scoring as many goalz as u can and stop this tendency of too many directionless passes cos that what made u fail in official games.As for Teko keep yo head up boy,u played well don't put yourself under pressure !
Triple KKK
posted: 11:00 pm
That Kaizer Chiefs boy by the name of Yeye was born to play far he is the only player who qualifies to play for Bacelona.He is indeed the football Messiah.
Thanks Boys,lets hope we will beat Central African Rep.home and away.
well done to u Steve.
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 11:01 pm
We must not read too much into this game. BB played an under 23 side whose most players were under 20 & inexpirienced. As usual BB won a friendly not when it matters most. I hope we won’t celebrate this mediocrity because this lads pushed us to almost half time before we scored. I wonder what would have happened if we had faced real national team players.

Shabba is a friendly scorer. Please excuse the pun but he has scored 99% of his goals in friendly matches. I wonder when he will get serious….

Nomvethe is a failed project. He must never get another chance in BB but this is SA where circus is the order of the day.

Gaxa did not show any signs of reaching 50 caps. He is too ordinary; I can’t wait for Myeni, Bhereza & Tlou to expose this cow. He overlapped but he didn’t make a single cross in 90min.

Khune was too emotional & exposed his mental weakness by making gestures when players like Teko missed opportunities. We were playing an inexperienced under 23 side nogal, there was no pressure. No wonder fans started booing Teko. With this kind of leadership at KC, I see doom.

Jali must join Slim Kat in exile. He proved himself in very competitive games during AFCON qualifiers but our coaches don’t want to play him.

Teko… oh my gosh! …cleansing ceremony, cleansing ceremony, cleansing ceremony, lol…

The rest cannot be fairly judged as we were playing against rubbish called a national team.
posted: 11:04 pm
First I would to give credits to Steve Kompela, Bold changes and bold results. Kompela's approach to this game was straight foward that he was going for a win not this Skop and Donner defensive approach, SA is not a defensive side we attack by all means and score goals.

We have to use our strength of attacking and controlling the midfield, not this brazilian approach of playing with Kuboni, Manyisa and YeYe in the same match. I like it for the Kompela

Chiefs players and fans are very good. 5 Chiefs players on the starting 11 + Matoho (KC Fan) + Mahlangu (KC Fan) + Serero (KC Fan) + Mashaba (KC Fan) + Majoro + Ranti (KC target).

Just Kidding, let's rally behind our boys despite the team that they are palying for. Pirates is good in defence while Chiefs and Sundowns in good when attacking.
posted: 11:05 pm
@Stan u 4got 2 say that Rantie is a cow. Except 4 the goal he was lost in the game
Triple KKK
posted: 11:06 pm
Most Papania fans 're idiots.u realy dont know what u want.remember we were playing against team that rank 49 in the world rankings AND BEAT THEM 3-0 for God's sake.its all about pride sometimes.we not even out the world cup qualifiers yet.Fokof man u dnt knw wat u want.SIS
posted: 11:06 pm
Tht mahlangu guy is a gem,serero en rantie cn make it upfront,bt beware tht was js a friendly match thts where chiefs players ar good at,bt where it matters most they js choke.
posted: 11:08 pm
Thnx Bafana, we will take any win afta a long spell without any. Behind u all the or loose. I will alwayz be a South African wether i lyk it or nt...i got no reason to turn my bck on my country
posted: 11:09 pm
bafana chiefs won i cnt wait for the season to begin...gould,matoho,gaxa,xavi reneilwe,shabba,khune...RISE KHOSI RISE
posted: 11:09 pm
Steve Khompela deserves the position and glass of bells..
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