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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)

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El Sol
posted: 2013-11-15 20:57:42

Useless match, against a useless side that has not scored a goal in their last 8 matches, I, for one take nothing more than a "training session" from this match, even goalscorers did not celebrate their respective goals except for the "hope" Cream of Mzansi after cream, Bongane Zuuungu.

TikaTeka - 007
posted: 2013-11-15 20:58:00

man of the match: Kingston Nkhatha 

El Sol
posted: 2013-11-15 21:07:55

I pray to God he protects Bongane Zungu throughout his soccer, baba sicela ubheke lentwana ingafane le bo Pule, Khanye, Nawty Mokoena etc not even the unpatriotic Serero..Ben10 boy uyithemba lethu & you can keep that #10 vele Cream seka namasimba, eish but odlalela iteam ewrong buoy, even rodents would be a better team for a talent like jou.

posted: 2013-11-15 21:28:56


Yes, u may :)

posted: 2013-11-15 21:29:23

CJB Ramses III Gold Butterfly 

Lol, why u boo-ing meeee?

posted: 2013-11-15 21:37:52

wer cn he go???mxm stp fartting here..de boy stl nt tat gud as u ratz fans r claiming.hez jst an overrated cow frm runners-up team

football brain
posted: 2013-11-16 00:42:25

3-0 qha against a semi-proffessional swazi side? surely i expected more since the so called "Galaxies" dominated the starting 11

Die poppe sal dance
posted: 2013-11-16 03:17:43

Pirates should have not allowed their players To partake in this nonsense street football only to be excluded againts Spain. Anywhere you are one team that play good football and I can't wait for the sea robbers to arrive at cape town stadium using Atlantic ocean to test my players ajax. But die poppe Sal dance ask bobstake.

posted: 2013-11-16 03:21:33

Bobby please come on man Jali deserve to play for Chiefs and he is just 6 week before he talk to other teams.  Yeye can be a great player again playing alongside Jali.  He should be a highest paid player in any team I am surprised Erasmus and Klate get more than this boy please Bobby break the bank and give Jali what he deserve we want him in Naturena.  That s!!!!!t gentlemans agreement between your father and Khoza must end fokof.  We the supporters have shown it during Pitrates campaign in Champions league that we don't support Rats wherever they play and you should do likewise, we want Jali finish

CAF Champions league& Proudly CCC Silver Medalist
posted: 2013-11-16 04:19:00

We don't need overseas based players.

We have a talent locally its a matter of how it's utilized.

Jali made it easy for Yeye and the 2 can kill any team.

Zungu plays nice and simple football.

We could be heading to Brazil had GI plan around AJ15 all along.

Love him or hate him Jali is the best.

Ahly were lucky AJ15 did not play.

CAF Champions league& Proudly CCC Silver Medalist
posted: 2013-11-16 04:55:07

You need players with winning mentality.

CAF African best player of the year nominee had a clean sheet.

Africa's number one, Senzo Meyiwa.

Get rid of Shabba and Shabangu Bafana wil be good.

Mthinayi Bugs Killer
posted: 2013-11-16 04:59:54

It is good to see our nation wins again, despite the opponent is. Thanks to Gordin to rotate his sqaud. But mustnt take our heads high. The game is still coming on Tuesday, where the Champion of the world will be in our shores. That's will be real hard nut to crack!!!!!

posted: 2013-11-16 05:39:13

Looking at all Pirates representative I think Jele, Jali and Mtlaba had good games not sure about Rooi, anyway he has been told he is old to continue with international football.  Erasmus for me is a 45 minute player he never played the full 90 minutes and I think if he got another call up he will be lucky.  Bacela didn't have enough time to pass judgement.  Manyisa for me has never been a national team material with his sideways and backwards passes he just need to learn from Zungu how its done.  Its still a mystery to me how the hell Manyisa got a name ACE

Donald Duck
posted: 2013-11-16 06:07:33

Jealousy aside that mice midget AJ15 is a very gud player. He played very well last night..He should be partnering Dean Furman in bafana midfield, not that cow GI like so much KG...

posted: 2013-11-16 06:08:03

He he he zungu is playing for the wrong team. I am sure sbusiso vilakazi, george maluleke, nomandela etc are playing for the wrong teams too. Gone are the days of getting players for free, gone are the days of cheap labour.

You will continue saying "he should have joined my team" "he is playing for the wrong team" until your stingy bosses start paying deserving money for deserving players. Theres a lot of talent in mzansi waiting to be unearthed but the so called soweto giants are just not willing to pay for such talent.

We all know you need to play for the big teams to finally get noticed, zungu is a classic example of that.

posted: 2013-11-16 06:58:19

bomboclat!!!!!!!! jealousy makes you nasty hey by the way i am a khosi fan check my profile pic

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2013-11-16 07:03:25

Gold Butterfly CJB Ramses III Why destroy such a good brand..? It stood out, it lingered in the mind and even though I don't know what Palulu means, together with "love" it was the imperfect perfection that described/ identifies you and I'm sure plenty felas here have googled it numerous times...

Why change that for a sticky "Gold Butterfly"...? It's a cheese-fest gaitsedi...

If i must ill kickoff a petition to have P'_L' back... and I'm certain that it will be successful... 

Lady Goldilight
posted: 2013-11-16 08:04:47

Donald Duck I also hope the likes of KG don't feature in the Spain match. Jali can take that role. Judging by his performance yesterday, I also hope Chabangu doesn't feature against Spain.

Lady Goldilight
posted: 2013-11-16 08:06:44

MlamliTshaka Jali is good, but I don't think we need him at Chiefs. If he leaves Pirates he is more likely to join Sundowns.

braa malenzo
posted: 2013-11-16 08:14:55

he he he he he kikiki kiki kiki kiki.....let me just laugh..ths is Swaziland.....these players only perfom better when playing poor countries lk what we saw last 9t and yu thnk it was special..shame...ths is football am telling yu the truth any team from psl can beat that Swaz team.....wsh if they can play lk that when facing african giants i thnk yu know what am talking abt.Did yu see what Nigeria did last tme when they visited us?stop praizng ths small poys yu ar confusing therm nd they wll thnk they ar Legends.....DID YU SAW THE NIGERIAN UNDER 17 THAT TOOK THE WORLD CUP RECENTLY......we hv a lot to do here in South africa....G I must stop hs bad attitude of pick nd drop players as if he is made....ths mulungu dosent have a winning team,he cant even maintain a better team...mxm perhaps the assistant is also just sleeping.....BRAZIL the coach is Scolari assisted by Pareira......thats what we call coaching department......

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