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Match report: South Africa 0 Nigeria 2 2013 Nelson Mandela Challenge

Posted: 14 August 2013 Time: 22:24

Bafana Bafana were beaten 2-0 by the Super Eagles in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Wednesday night.

Uche Nwofor came on for the second half and scored both goals for Nigeria, as Bafana suffered their sixth defeat in eight matches against the African champions.

Read: Bafana vs Nigeria AS IT HAPPENED!

Bafana and the Eagles both created their fair share of chances, but the visitors dominated overall, with Stephen Keshi’s shrewd second half substitutions tipping the balance.

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Despite a slow start to the match, John Ogu had the first shot of the game on four minutes, from outside the box, but it was way high and wide.

Thuso Phala was yellow carded as early as the fifth minute, when he tried to take a free-kick to quickly. The set-piece was easily cleared by Nigeria.

Nigeria’s first real chance came from a ball over the top, which left centre-backs Mulomowandau Mathoho and Thabo Nthethe at sixes and sevens. Nnamdi Oduamadi got to the ball, but the threat was intercepted by Itumeleng Khune.

The Super Eagles had another half chance on 16 minutes. The ball was swept out wide to Sunday Mba, who spun it back in from the left to Elderson Echiejile in the penalty area, who goes for an acrobatic volley that went over the bar.

Shortly after, Dean Furman collected the ball just outside the box and Bafana went on the counter. Bernard Parker sent the ball through to Tokelo Rantie, who made a strong run but could not beat Efe Ambrose and the ball went out for a corner.

On 24 minutes, Furman again collected the ball in the middle and scooped it out to Parker, who got behind the Nigeria defence and looked to combine with Siphiwe Tshabalala, but the ball was just in front of him.

On half an hour Nigeria came close, when Ogu hit a curler, which thumped the top corner post with Khune stranded.

A few minutes later Reneilwe Letsholonyane found Rantie outside the box, who burst through the Nigeria defence on a solo run and had a shot, but it was straight at Austin Ejide.

Nigeria went on the offensive in the next few minutes, with Obinna Nsofor and Ogu on target, but Khune dealt with the chances – the second in unconventional style, with his chin.

Rantie then hit the side netting, after making space for himself in the box, before Letsholonyane hit the ball straight against Godfrey Oboabona after a pass from Rantie.

Nigeria made three changes at the start of the second half, bringing on Victor Moses for Mba, Ahmed Musa for Nsofor and Nwofor for Shola Ameobi.

Parker forced a good save from Ejide at the start of the second half with a free-kick, and the Eagles captain managed to parry Nthethe's effort off the rebound.

Four minutes later Nwofor made it 1-0, scoring with a cheeky backheel after a cutback from Oduamadi, after some great play by Moses on the left to hold off Phala and skip past a couple of Bafana tackles.

Letsholonyane was set up by Luyolo Nomandela a few minutes later, but he sent his shot over the crossbar.

Nwofor made it 2-0 in the 68th minute with a one-touch goal after some great play by the Super Eagles. Moses skipped past his marker and played in Musa, who cut back to an unmarked Nwofor for a simple tap-in.

Igesund brought on Lerato Chabangu for Letsholonyane on 75 minutes, and he immediately took a shot at goal from outside the box after spotting Ejide off his line, but the ball was just over the bar.

10 minutes from time, Parker came close with a free-kick that beat the wall, but went just over the crossbar.

In injury time, ‘Shabba’ came close, after twisting past a couple of Nigeria defenders, but his shot was saved.

Shortly after, substitute Lebogang Manyama hit a last-gasp low shot on target, but it was inches wide.

South Africa: Khune, Masilela, Nthethe, Mathoho, Hlatshwayo, Letsholonyane (Chabangu 72), Furman, Tshabalala, Parker (Manyama 80), Phala (Nomandela 60), Rantie

Nigeria: Ejide, Oboabona, Echiejile, Ogu, Ambrose, Egwuekwe (Okwuosa 77), Ameobi (Nwofor 46), Oduamadi (Ideye 78), Onazi, Nsofor (Musa 46), Mba (Moses 46)

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Previous comments on this story...

Lady Goldilight
posted: 10:37 pm
I'm starting to agree with those who say it's time Bafana Bafana get a new coach. I don't see this team going anywhere. Also, young players need to be given a chance. I'm Chiefs supporter, but I have to say that I'm starting to grow tired of seeing Yeye and Shabba in the national team.

I think it's high time these two just focus on Chiefs only. The defence let Khune down. Phala and Rantie should be excluded in the team for the time being since I really don't see their contributions.

THIS IS REALLY UNACCEPTABLE!!!
WE NEED YOUNGSTERS!!!
Matt/ 2.0
posted: 10:37 pm
@charmlingo

I can't blame you. Lmfao hahahahaha lol!
Mokwepa@dikolong
posted: 10:37 pm
GI shud have selected George Koumantarakis ......He is gud in de air.....
Sir eeeemzaa walikhosi
posted: 10:38 pm
msenti15
posted: 10:32 pm | Report
Yeye : man of the match hahahahaha kudlalwa ngathi-ke manje

#########################

You wanted Senzo to be man of the match against Amazulu???

k4l : let's hear
stics morewa
posted: 10:39 pm
I said it b4 dat only bucs players dat can take Bafana foward,dis Bafana chips is embarrasing the country n we will only qualify 4 world cup if there's a bomb killings in Brazil.The last tym we beat Nigeria,the late Gift Leremi was terrorising the defence of Nigeria n Tso Vilakazi scored the winner,AJ n Manyisa r far better dan dis combination of the ageing Yeye n Furman,Teko is far better dan the overrated Shabalala,SA football is goin' backwards,up the bucs
T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 10:41 pm
Eix lamakwerekwere ayayithela induku.

Yes, Rantie is worth R2m but how is Nomandela worth R8m?

Buy the way congrats makwerekwere.

NB: Angisibhayi se "African Brother" yamanyala!!!
Deathclaw
posted: 10:41 pm
Ayi no congrats to Nigeria thy played a gud game, knt hate... Nxt up Pirates defeats Zamalek,
*Team Pirates*
genevive
posted: 10:41 pm
What can I say we lost to a better team it is time gordon introduced new players
Game147
posted: 10:42 pm
Up Naija. Uche Nwofor.....what a tremendous back-heel.
Up keshi and Super Eagles.
Some people will have sleepless night today because of this result.......see as dem head be , lol.
Azubuike Egwueke is so composed and Obo-fantastic-abona was solid as usual.
Keshi is building a dynasty.

Please Steven Keshi, drop this your Shola Ameobi, I beg you.
Myzuzu
posted: 10:42 pm
Bafana Chiefs were beaten fair and square. Gordon must leave now, thanks to him. These are the same players tht failed to win anything 4 RSA. Nxaaah ag shi.t maan mlungu.
Game147
posted: 10:42 pm
Up Naija. Uche Nwofor.....what a tremendous back-heel.
Up keshi and Super Eagles.
Some people will have sleepless night today because of this result.......see as dem head be , lol.
Azubuike Egwueke is so composed and Obo-fantastic-abona was solid as usual.
Keshi is building a dynasty.

Please Steven Keshi, drop this your Shola Ameobi, I beg you.
Rio da General
posted: 10:44 pm
Mathoho n Nthethe cost us.yho those simple tap ins. Can't wait 2 c Gould n Sangweni back in our National Defence.
chef dalidyebo
posted: 10:44 pm
yhoo Gi..Ranti don't honor these games let this cow use chiefs cows..tyson how are your balls ..dont fear the blade fear the niggaz holla my African brothers
dona d
posted: 10:44 pm
What a joke they could not beat Ethiopia and u messing with the african champs..shabba left footed lol kusebenza lona lodwa
luuks
posted: 10:45 pm
Sorry Bafana but the trick is very simple if you want to match the likes of Naija get your players to Europe and refrain from thinking that PSL is the best, in reality you wont win anything if most of the players come PSL, don't look for the best 5 leagues in the world being England, Spain, Germany, France and Italy, Scandinavian leagues can still help Bafana to perform where there is no much stiff competition for players, the way SA players are returning from Europe should be a concern for SAFA not to be exited that they are going to improve PSL while they have failed in Europe this does not help Bafana either
Mokwepa@dikolong
posted: 10:45 pm
Are these all boys come from nigeria? I dnt biliv dis
Taywan D Bhakhania
posted: 10:45 pm
Bloody Zebras nx! Basidlisile labantu Yeye is Finished! He's wearing jersey number 12 and he had 12 Shots of Target and 6 accurate passes ifile fi fi fi! lento!
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:46 pm
"Kamina Kawena, Mphe ke ofe".... Hehehe....

Au sham'... I saw them desperately try to do the anti-football antics of track & field Javeline.... mxm.... they have no idea what to do without the javelin....
Matt/ 2.0
posted: 10:46 pm
@CJB Ramses III

Hola daar Champ! Kodwa ukuphi umehluko in what we saw tonight. Imagine if Nigeria had their A-Team, the final score would've been double figures.

Tl tl tl tl tl! Did you see that back heel kodwa? Hahaha pwahahahahaha kwaaaaa whew... And this is Tomy Smyth's Top 50; with a 'Y.' And Zebras went donkers when Tommy had Cowne at number 45. He he he!

Up The Bucs...
stics morewa
posted: 10:46 pm
Yeye,man of the match?,hhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah,ey kudlalwa ngathi la
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