South Africa
  • Siphiwe Tshabalala (10)
  • Lehlohonolo Majoro (6)
  • May Mahlangu (74)
3 - 1
Moses Mabhida Stadium
22/12/2012 18:00

Solid win for Bafana over the Flames

Solid win for South Africa over Malawi

Posted: 22 December 2012 Time: 06:58 pm

South Africa beat Malawi in an international friendly at Moses Mabhida Stadium 3-1 on Saturday.

Malawi started brightly, passing the ball around and bossing the midfield for a few minutes, but Bafana were quick to wrest control from the visitors and were two goals up inside 10 minutes.

Siboniso Gaxa sent in an early cross on four minutes, which was almost met by Majoro, but the ball was cleared by the Flames defence.

Bafana went ahead on six minutes, with a fantastic team goal. Tshabalala sent a long ball in, which Lerato Chabangu controlled confidently with a reverse flick behind his back on the edge of the goal area.

The Swallows man took a couple of steps into the box and had a shot, which was saved by Simplex Nthala. The goalkeeper could not hold on to it, however, and Majoro made not mistake from close range to get his debut goal for the national team.

Four minutes later, after some great work by Oupa Manyisa, Gaxa beat his man right at the corner flag and managed to pop the ball over his head before going down.

The ball bounced to Letsholonyane, who hit it across the face of goal, where Tshabalala and Majoro were waiting, and Shabba was the man to boot it home in midair for his 10th goal for South Africa.

The match opened up for the remainder of the half, with Malawi allowed some space, although they could not make anything of it.

Josephy Kamwendo had a couple of chances from free-kicks, and a shot from long range, but none were particularly convincing.

Meanwhile, Chabangu, Tshabalala and Manyisa had chances for Bafana, but again none looked too dangerous, and the match went into half-time at 2-0.

Malawi got a goal back at the beginning of the second half, when Siyabonga Sangweni was adjudged to have brought down Robert Ng'ambi in the area. Kamwendo stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and beat Itumeleng Khune confidently high on the left.

Daine Klate came on for Shabba at the start of the second half, and Gordon Igesund brought on Tokelo Rantie and May Mahlangu for Majoro and Chabangu, respectively, soon after.

The new-look Bafana seemed to lose shape, and Malawi started to press after their opener, looking more dangerous, although neither keeper had much to do.

After some half-chances for Malawi, however, Bafana came back into the match.

With 15 minutes to go, Rantie was brought down by James Sangala in the box, and Mahlangu stepped up to convert the penalty and make it 3-1 to Bafana.

A few minutes later Rantie sent the ball across goal after a good move on the right, but it was palmed away by the keeper, with no South Africans there to collect the rebound.

In the final minutes of the match Klate sent a high cross into the box, after racing up the left wing, but Phala and Gaxa got in each other’s way and hesitated, and the ball was cleared.

Manyisa curled a shot in in injury time, but it was saved, and the match ended 3-1; a solid win for Bafana, although they let the game get away from them at times.

HOME: South Africa

  • 32 Itumeleng Khune
  • 4 Bevan Fransman
    77 mins - Thabo Nthethe
  • 5 Siboniso Gaxa
  • 8 Thabo Matlaba
  • 21 Siyabonga Sangweni
  • 6 Reneilwe Letsholonyane
    84 mins - Thanduyise Khuboni
  • 11 Sifiso Myeni
    63 mins - Thuso Phala
  • 14 Siphiwe Tshabalala
    45 mins - Daine Klate
  • 14 Lerato Chabangu
  • 20 Oupa Manyisa
  • 45 Lehlohonolo Majoro
    55 mins - Tokelo Rantie

Previous comments on this story...

fourbyfour
posted: 07:03 pm
i hope tht the match was not fixed...otherwise the progress is good tht to our legends
makgorometsa
posted: 07:19 pm
Handsome Anonymous Myeni he is a headless chicken ,even Khune have a better pass rate than him...Give MatlAba a Bells...All salute Mr Ballz aka Major..
sakkie
posted: 07:23 pm
Thats jealousy boss
El Sol
posted: 07:23 pm
Myeni & Klate out!! Matlaba in..
Andy Amakhosi
posted: 07:28 pm
Fact Kaizer Chiefs rocks n where dominating Bafana n were dng our job der.
sakkie
posted: 07:30 pm
@El Sol:
Just so u know, Myeni's Monthly income exceeds ur Annual salary income. I believe thats where ur jealousy stems.
FourPointFive
posted: 07:37 pm
Well done to Matlaba for getting the man of the match award,well deserved...
You're hardly given recognition,you,Jele and Ngcongca are the best fullbacks from RSA.
Phala,Gaxa and Myeni as a collective had a horrible game today I wonder what that means for them.
The combination of DK7,Manyisa,Mahlangu and Rantie was marvelous..
They changed the complection of the game when we were under pressure
Yeye,Shabba,Majoro and Chabangu did well too in the first 30 minutes of the first half.

I enjoyed the freedom of expression and creativity I saw.
Now improve on the conversion rate versus chances created...
Patiently waiting for the announcement of the final team...
Let's wait and see.....
7 bongs
posted: 07:39 pm
Dat matlaba boy is very good I think he deserves to be in BB... Myeni's presence is still shaky, though he is a good player... I would hev loved to see a different keeper, say the pirates keeper... Rantie is a super player, very quick... Too bad that GI shud not be looking for only good players but those that will fit in a particular system n can play in a team...
NATURENA GURU
posted: 07:40 pm
Off 2 a Gud start Boys am proudly South African
sakkie
posted: 07:42 pm
@Andy Amakhosi
U may need to correct ur statement since some words render it senseless
I suppose u ar aware that Pirates holds chips bumper to bumper in the league.
HITMAN
posted: 07:43 pm
BAFANA BAFANA is nothing without Chiefs players #FACT#
Doox
posted: 07:50 pm
Gaxa to Letsholonyane to Shabba = A Goal. Don't tell me where it started. There wouldn't be Joburg without Gold.. Since then, Gold remains the only Standard. I'm Glamorous
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 07:53 pm
Well done Bafana Bafana..! I think Gordon have no chance from now until Afcon, he will have to make use of Orlando Pirates and Chiefs players.! It could work wonders for him for many reasons. The two teams are on top form at the moment and they command the huge following..!

I may consider buying tickets for Afcon but I'm waiting to see the final squad..!! I saw some good signs today..!!
mavisto Downs
posted: 07:53 pm
Andy Amakhosi
posted: 07:28 pm | Report
Fact Kaizer Chiefs rocks n where dominating Bafana n were dng our job der

Was it chiefs or Bafana bafana?
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 07:55 pm
Tell me where Bafana plays next, I might be interested to go to the stadium and watch the game..!
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)
posted: 08:02 pm
Boring game
FourPointFive
posted: 08:02 pm
Just a reminder most if not all the the Malawi attacks were on our right side probabaly because the guys playing on the right were poor.....
Gold
posted: 08:24 pm
We have few days left b4 Afcon begins, we can't afford this chiefs or pirates argument, let us be wise and mature enaf to recognize that this is our National Team and is above personal opinions esp when reduced to a club level!

Anyw I think Bafana is making progress, what motivates me is how GI can get the best out of playas hence I bealive come Jan we will be a force in our groups stages!
I'm behind Bafana Barona all the way!!! They must Go for Gold and nothing else, for it being the only high Standard!!!
khosilangampela
posted: 08:41 pm
Lerato(all u nid z lv)Chabangu Thanduyise (Mfana kababa)Khuboni 4chiefs.we set to congue south african soccer.pure class.tap-ins yes we specialise on dat even in bb.Matlaba,Sangweni,Gaxa wt a deffence Mathoho and Jele missing dats 4me.i also blv dat chiefs and pirates players combined can do it 4our country.Myeni u letin me dwn big tym boss,
gotze p2
posted: 08:59 pm
well done boys jst include jali n matoho in that squad of urs. We also need a target man i guess, sm1 who cn hold d ball up nicely for us.
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