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South Africa draw 0-0 with Algeria in Africa Cup of Nations warm-up match

Posted: 12 January 2013 Time: 10:37 pm

Bafana Bafana lacked spark as they played out a goalless draw with Algeria at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

Gallery of the action here!

The closest chances of the match fell to Katlego Mphela and Bernard Parker in the first half, but overall Bafana were uninspiring.

Kagisho Dikgacoi and Katlego Mphela reached 50 caps on the day, but it will be a match they would rather forget than remember.

Both teams felt each other out in the opening minutes, with Thabo Matlaba and Parker the most enterprising for Bafana at the start.

Siyabonga Sangweni had a pot-shot on goal on 15 minutes, off which Algeria grabbed the ball and went on a counter-attack. Luckily for Bafana the final cross was over everyone’s heads in the box and went out for a throw-in.

Five minutes later Thulani Serero sent a great ball into the box from the right straight to Dikgacoi, who attempted a bicycle-kick, missing the ball completely.

Gallery of the action here!

It was bad decision making from 'KG', who had plenty of time to bring the ball down and have a shot.

Three minutes later Algeria showed their mettle when Islam Slimani showed some fantastic skill to slip past his man and pass to Fouad Kadir, who sliced his shot wide.

As Algeria were stringing some passes around at the edge of the box, the ball was cleared by Sangweni and Bafana went on the counter-attack, with Parker sending the ball up field to Phala.

There was too much weight on the ball but Phala’s pace came through for him and he got to it, winning a corner, which was immediately wasted.

Bafana nearly went ahead on the half-hour mark Parker’s incisive corner reached the far corner of the box, where Sangweni was approaching for the header, but the ball was plucked from in front of him by Algeria goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi.

There was some nice work from Bafana a few minutes later, when Serero ran through the middle and sent a ball out to Anele Ngconga on the right, who passed back to Dikgacoi at the edge of the box, but his shot floated over the bar.

Algeria then had a corner, and almost managed to score with just Essaid Belkalem in the box, but he pinged his shot over the bar.

Bafana’s two best chances came just before half-time.

First, after a wayward Algeria pass Mphela used his strength to shoulder past his marker and get a shot away, but it was blocked well by the keeper's legs.

Then, after neat build-up play involving Furman, Parker got a shot away, but there was not enough power on it and it was easily saved.

Algeria then had their best chance of the half, from a strong free-kick, reached Belkalem, who glanced a header just over the bar.

Siboniso Gaxa started the second half in place of Ngcongca, and a few minutes later Siphiwe Tshabalala and Reneilwe Letsholonyane came on for Serero and Furman.

‘Yeye’ had a chance on goal just before the hour-mark, when he found himself in space on the edge of the box, did well to turn and shoot, but the shot was weak, got a slight deflection, and went wide.

 It was Tshabalala’s turn next, after Phala showed his pace down the right flank and, although he could not beat his marker, he managed to get the ball to ‘Shabba’ on the left, whose shot was high.

Shabba had another decent chance on 65 minutes: after a long free-kick from Gaxa, he chested down and took a shot, which dipped late and went over the bar.

Gaxa did well to clear a dangerous, low Algeria cross seconds later, diving to clear for a corner just before it crossed goal.

Bafana had a penalty appeal turned down 15 minutes from time, when Parker slipped the ball through to Rantie and Phala in the box. Rantie was held back by a defender, but he was offside anyway.

The match descended into a lull from then on, with niggly fouls and yellow cards the only real action.

Two minutes from time Bafana had a corner, sent in by Shabba, and Parker rose highest, but headed just wide, and a few minutes later the stalemate was confirmed by the final whistle.

Gallery of the action here!

South Africa XI: Itumeleng Khune, Anele Ngcongca (Siboniso Gaxa 45), Thabo Matlaba, Bongani Khumalo, Siyabonga Sangweni, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Thuso Phala, Dean Furman (Reneilwe Letsholonyane 54), Katlego Mphela (Tokelo Rantie 61), Thulani Serero (Siphiwe Tshabalala 53), Bernard Parker

Algeria XI: Rais Ouheb Mbouli, Carl Medjani, Djamel Mesbah, Essad Belkalem, Mehdi Mostefa Sbaa, Foued Kadir, Hamer Bouazza, Khaled Lemmouchia, Sofiane Feghouli, Adlene Guedioura, Islam Slimani

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Previous comments on this story...

Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 10:42 pm
So I suppose tonight's performance from Gordon and his chicken boys was yet another showing of their "held back secret tactics" and keeping their foot off the pedal? If so, why were bafunny players getting themselves stuck in into rough tackles against the Algerians and sweating it out in frustration? And also, why was Igasende getting hysterical on the bench added with ubuminya?

Face it, we don't have a team! Even journalists from the Cape Times newspaper have written off this team before Afcon 2013 has started and rightfuly so. For the last time, anyone keeping their hopes up on a group of players and coach that failed dismaly against a bunch of pimple-faced teenagers from Norway are just a bunch of ignorant fools who lack vision, foresight and the meaning of not settling for less in life.

And I swear this whole thing of "Yes we believe in Bafunny" bull dust from some supporters and commentators of the game is starting to sound blasphemous and those saying it might as well take the next train or off ramp straight to hell! I say this without fear or prejudice; just simple truth!

Good luck with your deadbeat "hopes" for this pathetic excuse of a team. It's no different than you thinking you can do what Jesus did; walk on water. Those hopes, beliefs or whatever you want to call it, are limited to nothing but pure simple down-syndrome retarded tendencies and frankly it's gone beyond sad.

I pause...
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 10:45 pm
To be honest Gordon will regret letting Sfiso Myeni, Daine Klate and Andile Jali out of the team. He needs them more than he actually realises. This team lacks creativity and it looks like it will not score any goal anytime soon..! The attacking line lacks ideas totally. There is no much hope..!!

Good game by Thabo Matlaba and the rest however..! I think the starting line-up was more attractive and the subs was a little bit off target..!!
Nuzzz191
posted: 10:46 pm
Go and fillup the stadium and call your self proudly south african i wont do that is better 2support rugby that this cowless players and GI
ticolby
posted: 10:49 pm
what s the point of writing a long useless comment with no point, full of emotions?
Anti-Zebra
posted: 10:51 pm
Okay. So Sangweni manage to keep a clean sheet this time. Last game he was blamed for the loss. Now he has done what he usually does at Pirates. Where are the goals? Why is Bafunny still not winning?? Parcow? Balls? What is your job bafethu?
A Pirate from Orlando
posted: 10:56 pm
Wow! Bafunny have finally managed not to lose! Congratulations, you've outdone yourselves! Please leave Matlaba, Sangweni, Manyisa and Senzo out of your miserable team. We don't want to have their champion records stained by your failures. They have six medals each; and no other in that Bafunny team except May Mahlangu, has a medal.
ticolby
posted: 10:56 pm
sometimes ppl need to realise that there national team players n footbb club players n Myeni s one of them, the only players i blv shld ve been there s Jali for kg, n Teko , williams for senzo or wayne
Siyah507
posted: 10:56 pm
Katlego Mphela udlala amasimba qha ke
Fashion4(K4L)
posted: 10:58 pm
I wonder if this comments comes from true south africans???
ticolby
posted: 10:59 pm
tjoo so far i c stupidity comments here, u idiots dnt knw hw to analyse a game that s y u post stupid comment every tym,
mavara
posted: 10:59 pm
gud game matlaba
Fashion4(K4L)
posted: 11:02 pm
I am a proudly south african and have just bought myself a ticket for the 19th. Win, loose or draw i fully support my country, that is what i do with my team as well. Not this foolish insults.
ticolby
posted: 11:03 pm
@Godfrey thy are jst sum idiots who cnt dffrentiate bwtn a national team n a club, one said da subs were wrng bt bb created more chances after those subs, ask one of them to analyse da team frm khune to mphela n da subs u ll c sum idiotic comments
eemz
posted: 11:03 pm
Gordon is a stressed man,its written all over his face,well i cant blame him that much.Pitso had the same problem with bafana bafana....no goals! Do we believe in this team??? I for one dont believe.can they cancel this afcon crap n bring back the psl footbal b4 we suffer more humiliation
Gold
posted: 11:05 pm
ChampTrebleManiacMophemeposted: 10:45 pm  |  Report
To be honest Gordon will regret letting Sfiso Myeni, Daine Klate and Andile Jali out of the team. He needs them more than he actually realises. This team lacks creativity and it looks like it will not score any goal anytime soon..! The attacking line lacks ideas totally. There is no much hope..!!

Good game by Thabo Matlaba and the rest however..! I think the starting line-up was more attractive and the subs was a little bit off target..!!
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Pathetic fool still crying over spilt milk, get ova your self Gorilla, those three Gorillas didn't make the cut so you can Go and suck their balls if will make you betta or them!
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 11:07 pm
Gordon subs today:
Ncgoncga out, Gaxa in (wrong move) not necessary,
Furman out, Letsholonyane in (wrong move) KG was supposed to be substituted,
Serero out, Tshabalala in (wrong move) Phala was supposed to be sustituted,
Mphela out, Rantie in (correct)
MothwaloWA le khosi
posted: 11:10 pm
The sooner ppl the current generation are able 2 distinguish the diff btwen club and continental ftball the better.
Gold
posted: 11:12 pm
@all gorillas or pierete sapotas (in lekgwathis spelling)

You are fools by no comparison, you criticise chiefs playas and not the wol Bafana set-up, y don't u jst do every1 a favour and stop commenting on Bafana issues, I no asking you to be normal and rational its like asking Al-Bashah or Mugabe to step down, u are so pathetic and stupid, lacking basic human intelligence necessary for a normal being to reason.... Pull yourselfs togeda swearing @chiefs playas won't do your lifes any good!
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 11:13 pm
@ticolby

Stop being subliminal on me you chump! What "emotions" did I utter in my comment? If you're offended emotionaly by what I said then say so. If you took it as a pinch of salt then say so. Now that's showing emotion! Don't hide behind your retardedness. It's perfectly a chronic disorder.

Some people need to grow a sense and ability to debate and engage in discussions and quite frankly ticolby you're as thin but stinking like umsuzo when it comes to acquiring that skill or ability otherwise you wouldn't confuse my stance of trying to knock some sense into some nut heads as "emotions." And for the record, please explain the meaning of the word 'emotion' to us without looking at your dictionary. You can let me know the verb, adjective and noun meaning of the word and also the various forms of situations it can most be appropriately used under. And if I was showing "emotions", in what context of the word emotion did you mean it in?

I'm waiting so shesha...
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 11:13 pm
@ticolby

Stop being subliminal on me you chump! What "emotions" did I utter in my comment? If you're offended emotionaly by what I said then say so. If you took it as a pinch of salt then say so. Now that's showing emotion! Don't hide behind your retardedness. It's perfectly a chronic disorder.

Some people need to grow a sense and ability to debate and engage in discussions and quite frankly ticolby you're as thin but stinking like umsuzo when it comes to acquiring that skill or ability otherwise you wouldn't confuse my stance of trying to knock some sense into some nut heads as "emotions." And for the record, please explain the meaning of the word 'emotion' to us without looking at your dictionary. You can let me know the verb, adjective and noun meaning of the word and also the various forms of situations it can most be appropriately used under. And if I was showing "emotions", in what context of the word emotion did you mean it in?

I'm waiting so shesha...
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