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Morocco South Africa Bafana international friendly

Posted: 11 October 2013 Time: 20:28

They hung on for most of the second half, but in the end South Africa were good value for a 1-1 draw in their international friendly against Morocco on Friday night.

Tokelo Rantie had silenced the home crowd with an early goal, but Issam El Adoua’s header early in the second half meant there was to be no victory for Bafana Bafana.

Gordon Igesund handed a debut to Bidvest Wits captain Sibusiso Vilakazi, while there was also a long overdue return for Daylon Claasen.

In front of a very vocal home crowd, Bafana showed they would not be overawed as they got off to a great start, with first Claasen and then Rantie firing shots in at goal.

Morocco soon found their feet and it took a great save from Itumeleng Khune to deny Youssef El Arabi from scoring from a header from 18 yards out.

But any hopes the hosts had of creating some dominance went out the window in the ninth minute when Rantie scored the first ever goal at the Agadir Stadium. A quick counter-attack saw Claasen - who had won the ball in midfield - feed the Bournemouth striker, who showed great composure to finish past Amsif.

The crowd immediately got on their players’ backs and the pressure showed as the South Africans grabbed a foothold.

Rantie’s running and movement was causing all sorts of havoc and he again got in behind the defence, but his pass to the onrushing Lerato Chabangu was intercepted at the vital moment.

Khune was then called upon to deny the hosts, this time with a sharp save after a free-kick had found captain Mehdi Benatia unmarked in the area.

However, Bafana kept pressing for a second goal with first Chabangu’s free-kick behind saved, before Rantie just failed to get on the end of Bernard Parker’s cross.

Morocco came close again just past the half-hour mark when Omar El Kaddouri’s mazy run ended with his shot hitting the side-netting, while Khune was at full stretch again soon after to keep out a rasping drive from Benatia.

Bafana came ever so close to adding a second just before the break when an excellent build-up saw Parker playing in Vilakazi, but his low shot was brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper.

Whatever was said in the home dressing-room at halftime seemed to have done the trick as the Moroccans came out firing in the second half.

Bafana had hardly had a touch of the ball when the equaliser came on 49 minutes. Predictably, it came via a header as El Adoua was left unmarked to head home Younes Belhanda’s free-kick, though the ‘foul’ which led to the set-piece was soft at best.

The hosts dominated possession after that, but without ever creating any clear-cut chances. Substitute Abel Taarabt proved a handful and displayed some good skill to leave Dean Furman for dead, but his shot was blocked.

Debutant Kgosi Ntlhe got away with a late error in the box, while another newcomer, Ayanda Patosi, fired a speculative shot wide late on and Parker’s powerful run and shot resulted in nothing but a corner, but in the end Bafana would have been happy to escape the new Agadir Stadium with a draw – and their unbeaten record against Morocco intact.

Bafana starting XI: Khune, Ngcongca, Khumalo, Xulu, Masilela (Ntlhe 67th), Claasen, Furman, Vilakazi (Zungu 46th), Chabangu (Patosi 59), Parker (Letsholonyane 83rd), Rantie (Erasmus 70th)

Morocco starting XI: Amsif, Bergdich, Benatia, El Adoua, Noussair, Feddal, Obbadi, El Kaddouri, Barrada, Belhanda, El Arabi

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CJB Ramses III
posted: 2013-10-11 21:13:14

A very progressive stance by the coach in the first half... Very progressive...

I don't know what happened in the 2nd half but I suspect over-exertion in the 1st half's high-pressing defencive approach...

ray_bucs
posted: 2013-10-11 21:14:44

They are both in the early 30s so kaka doesn't count to me as he has not even had 20 startin spots in the past 3seasons.

thephefeni
posted: 2013-10-11 21:18:51

Three 3 - correction -TK is former makuntwane fc striker.

Hadjie26
posted: 2013-10-11 21:21:46

Impressed by the way Bafana played in the 1st half, also happy with the introduction of the younger players in the 2nd half.. Gordon must keep introducing younger players gradually.

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2013-10-11 21:21:56

Ohk good people... bafana failed to put smiles on us SA ppl. Now lets give support to our only hope: Orlando Pirates to represent our country with excellence. As a south african citizen I wish Pirates all the best in the Caf Champions League. C'mon guys lets support our only hope!

thephefeni
posted: 2013-10-11 21:23:07

Bongz at Bucs if you still wanna know  who deserve the no.1 jersey in mzansi ,im sure u had ur answer tonight-mzansi's finest - i rest my case

Golden_Diski_Archive
posted: 2013-10-11 21:23:18

Uyabheda wena.

Alex_Fountains
posted: 2013-10-11 21:23:43

They played well. However, we still don't know the actual Bafana Bafana players. Gordon must choose a constant team and work on it.

BUCSELONA
posted: 2013-10-11 21:32:10

Cn we stop fooling ourselves nd face reality, BB r not going anywhr!!! Only Bucs cn make SA proud

yellow machine
posted: 2013-10-11 22:17:38

Maybe we need to debate this thing of youngsters further if is it suiting us or we're wasting our time. We don't have a team in these boys. I'm gona start with zungu he's rushed into the national team he's nt a sensational player tht forces the coach ukuthi he mst b there. To me I think let's stick with our tried nd tested players nd introduce 2/3 youngsters tht r in tht level of Pule, Lekoelea, Teko,shaba nt this group of players. We cnt b developing a 23 years old player nd we call him a youngster no. I ws expecting these boys to take tht team on ngetsamaya, shibobo , vula vala instead it ws visa versa amasilamsi ababonisa. I haven't seen a younster taking on players nd score goals like Billiat 4 a long time in Mzantsi. Instead one man of the match performance we quick to say he needs a callup in Bafana let's stop this mediocrity tht we promoting.

CAF Champions league& Proudly CCC Silver Medalist
posted: 2013-10-11 22:18:21

He said win is not important in Morocco.

We must accept that SA does not have a national soccer team.

In Gordon we going nowhere slowly.

He's clueless and select new players every game.

Core players such as cowparker must take early retirement

Bucs players must represent us. Egypt did it with Ahly why not SA?

CAF Champions league& Proudly CCC Silver Medalist
posted: 2013-10-11 22:25:20

We're building for 2065 as long as Gordon is there.

We told him long time ago that ignoring AJ15,DK7, and other deserving players He will fail!

Our players whether at pick form they're ignored.

Bucs must beat Esperance for GI to have heart attack.

Bucs players must give him da middle finger like Serero.

CAF Champions league& Proudly CCC Silver Medalist
posted: 2013-10-11 22:32:43

Bafana players

Khune

Masilela

Shabba

Yeye

Parker

These are actual Bafana players who failed us!

To rectify thier failure GI tries to mix with young players.

Realising failure he said he is building for 2069.

The aforementioned players and Gordon must leave us in peace.

The1
posted: 2013-10-11 22:57:51

some bloggers are just retaeds (reclaiming the star,bucselona)

The1
posted: 2013-10-11 23:02:11

Some bloggers are just retards more especially if you gonna always mix National Team with a team that lost to Maluti F.C kids who play soccer for fun

Nebo VI
posted: 2013-10-11 23:10:42

Just wake up now wat was de score " SABC camera make me to fall asleep " ?

No stress khosi
posted: 2013-10-11 23:41:51

Gordon is already failed for Bafana x2.Who will take the hot seat? 

Stone Cold
posted: 2013-10-12 02:09:42

F*#k Guess who is back? Not suprised at all

this stup*d Bafana is a team of

dissapointments. I think it should be better if

we can sell this National team to Zimbambwe.

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-12 04:08:16

Because he is useless...can't run...can't cross...can't mark

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-12 04:15:36

The last. 8 years of Bafana Bafana has been a disaster....that Team had Khune, Gaxa, Masilela, Yeye, Parker, Shaba

GI says we starting a New Era, but we still have Khune, Masilela, Yeye, Parker, Shaba....really now whis a fool here????? GI

Same formula expecting ddifferent reaults is foolish period

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