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International friendly match report: Swaziland vs Bafana Bafana

Posted: 15 November 2013 Time: 21:40

Swaziland conceded two goals early in the second half as Bafana Bafana earned a 3-0 win at Somhlolo National Stadium in Lobamba.

Bafana dominated the early exchanges, and had the chance to go ahead in the first minute of the match, when Lerato Chabangu sent in a pinpoint pass to find Kermit Erasmus, but the Orlando Pirates man could not keep his header on target.

Happy Jele had a chance 10 minutes later, after a set-piece by Siphiwe Tshabalala, but his header also went just wide.

Swaziland came close on 15 minutes, when Nkosingiphile Tsabedze ran onto a long high ball from the left wing. He beat Rooi Mahamutsa with a dummy, but scuffed his shot just wide of the post, brushing the side netting.

Bernard Parker beat two men to take a shot on 18 minutes, but it presented little danger for Swazi goalkeeper Nhlanhla Gwebu.

Just before the half hour mark Swaziland made a foray at goal, when Senzo Meyiwa failed to deal with a cross from Tony Tsabedze. The Pirates keeper flapped at the ball, which fell dangerously into the path of the onrushing Swazis, but they could not keep their shot down and the ball sailed over the bar.

On 36 minutes, Tshabalala came close, after some good work from Thabo Matlaba down the left wing, but he headed straight into Gwebu’s arms.

Bafana exerted some pressure on the Swazi defence as the half wound down, but the players walked off with the score still 0-0.

Gordon Igesund made two changes at the start of the second half, bringing on Lennox Bacela for Erasmus and Bongani Zungu for Chabangu.

And the substitutes made an immediate impact, working together to send the ball through to Letsholonyane, with a pin-point pass from Zungu. 'Yeye' had space and buried a cool shot past Gwebu for his second international goal in 46 appearances.

Zungu then doubled Bafana’s lead just seconds later, rounding the keeper and slotting home with an expert finish for his first Bafana goal.

Meyiwa prevented the Swazis from hitting back on 53 minutes, making a great save to deny Bheki Dlamini.

Thabo Nthethe got his name on the scoresheet on 63 minutes, after the ball fell kindly for him the area after some casual defending from Swaziland. The Bafana stand-in captain turned and hit home with a low volley for his first international goal.

Letsholonyane hit a well-taken free-kick on the 70th minute, which was headed for the top corner but tipped over goal by the keeper.

Dlamini came close for Swaziland three minutes from time, with a swerving long-range strike, but Meyiwa had it covered and made a composed save.

Swaziland line-up: Nhlanhla Gwebu, Tony Tsabedze, Sifiso Maseko, Sanele Mkhweli, Sifiso Mabila, Machawe Dlamini, Bheki Dlamini, Darren Christie (Wonder Nhleko 62), Sabelo Ndzinisa (Barry Steenkamp 76), Nkosi Tsabedze, Felix Badenhorst (Ndoda Tisuka Mthethwa 87)

South Africa line-up: Senzo Meyiwa, Happy Jele, Thabo Matlaba (Tefu Mashamaite 62), Rooi Mahamutsa, Thabo Nthethe, Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Hlompho Kekana 78), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Sibusiso Vilakazi 61), Andile Jali, Lerato Chabangu (Bongani Zungu 46), Bernard Parker (Edward Manqele 69), Kermit Erasmus (Lennox Bacela 46)

Livefyre comments on this story...

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2013-11-15 19:49:25

Zunguuuuuuuuuu Zungu Zunga Za...! When are the endorsement gonna line-up for this lad...? Dona Donni please take this lad by the hand, show him the way and teach him about resilience....

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-11-15 20:21:27

Orlando Pirates’ trio of Senzo Meyiwa, Daine Klate and Lennox Bacela have made the shortlist for the African Player of the Year – Based in Africa.The list that consists of 21 players, all playing their football in Africa, and includes names such as Zambia’s Rainford Kalaba and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Tresor Mputu. Three players from Egypt have made the nominees’ shortlist and those are Mohamed Aboutriaka, Waleed Soliman and Ahmed Fathi, all from Alhy.The Bucs trio will be hoping to bag the massive accolade, having done well to progress to the final of the tournament, losing to Al Ahly 3-1 in the two-legged affair. Meyiwa, especially, had a storming tournament and was dubbed the ‘Lion of Lubumbashi’ for his heroics against TP Mazembe away from home.The winners will be announced at the Glo-CAF Awards Gala scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria

XFuxTheSpot
posted: 2013-11-15 20:28:09

club support aside...Andile Jali is incredible 

MlamliTshaka
posted: 2013-11-15 20:29:32

There is a lot Manyisa can learn from Zungu

Three 3
posted: 2013-11-15 20:29:51

Tihlangu semnikati good game but lack tact

Bafana must win the Chan now

Palulu-Love
posted: 2013-11-15 20:31:17

Aaaaaaaah but Zungu makes me real PROUD !!!! 

He assists & then he bangs one in !!!

New age blogger
posted: 2013-11-15 20:37:47

Hehehe Zwasi fans invaded the pitch to give SADC heros hugs 

bucs4PG
posted: 2013-11-15 20:38:57

Zungu is a bus material nt ds dunusa thng

New age blogger
posted: 2013-11-15 20:39:22

 @Gold Butterfly  Pure class, is it okay to call u Palulu?

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2013-11-15 20:39:44

Gold Butterfly Booooooooo................

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-11-15 20:39:48

Have to agree, Manyisa is soo good but just lack the killer instics like this boy....

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2013-11-15 20:40:50

MlamliTshaka Similarly the opposite is true....

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-11-15 20:41:09

All Yeye needs is to play along talents like Jali and zungu not cowtsande

eagle eyes
posted: 2013-11-15 20:42:18

Well, Congra. Bafana, its a good start in your new beginnings. Bucs propelled squad!!

nonhle
posted: 2013-11-15 20:44:26

zungu is going samwhere this dude can play trust me if you dont belive ask him

manando
posted: 2013-11-15 20:45:45

andile jali enough said you have overstayed your welcome in mzansi umxhosa

Three 3
posted: 2013-11-15 20:46:52

Spain is busy playing in oil rich Equitorial Guinea for nice pay cheque

then they come to Mzansi for more pay cheques

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2013-11-15 20:47:20

manando Brilliant comment...! I no longer want to see this lad playing on Kikuyu grass...

Mangetheboy
posted: 2013-11-15 20:49:41

Mohamed Aboutrika will win this one easy

manando
posted: 2013-11-15 20:50:36

CJB Ramses III manando hola the bakaniya i am extremely proud of this boy representing the eastern cape to bad guys like zongo keep giving us a bad reputation   

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