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South Africa vs Mozambique CHAN 2014

Posted: 11 January 2014 Time: 17:35

Bernard Parker scored a brace as Bafana Bafana cruised to a 3-1 win against Mozambique in the opening game of the 2014 African Nations Championships at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.

Diogo’s deflected effort had given the visitors a shock lead against the run of play, but Parker’s brace, either side of Hlompo Kekana’s screamer, made sure of the points.

In front of 25 000-odd people, it was the hosts who had the first chance through Parker, who created space for himself on the edge of the area, but his final shot was a weak one and easily gathered by goalkeeper Soarito.

Then, against the run of play on 11 minutes, it was Mozambique who took the lead. Diogo’s hopeful shot from 20 yards out took a wicked deflection off a defender and completely wrong-footed Itumeleng Khune, who could only watch the ball trickle over the line.

After that it was all Bafana. Parker got underneath Katlego Mashego’s cross and missed a good opportunity, before Soarito pulled off a point-blank save to prevent Monis putting the ball into his own net.

Mashego then watched his free-kick sail agonizingly wide and Lerato Chabangu fired a rebound just over the bar before the equalizer eventually came in rather fortunate circumstances.

Sibusiso Vilakazi was played in on goal, but was prevented a shot by a seemingly legitimate challenge by former Bidvest Wits left-back Almiro Lobo. However, the referee deemed the challenge a foul, allowing Parker to level matters from the spot.

And it really should have been 2-1 to the hosts at the break but for Mashego’s horror miss from four yards out from Siphiwe Tshabalala’s cross.

It was much the same after the break as Bafana dominated the majority of the play – in fact, it could have been 2-1 just seconds into the second half as Mashego raced through on goal, but Soarito showed a lot of bravery to save at his feet.

Then, on 59 minutes, the moment that changed the game. With seemingly no danger in sight, Kekana let rip with his right foot, hitting an absolute screamer from 35 yards which caught the keeper by surprise and saw Bafana take the lead for the first time in the match.

With 18 minutes to go Tshabalala had a chance to make sure of the points, but his shot from the edge of the area was straight at the keeper.

However, just 10 minutes later and the game was put to bed – Parker played in by ‘Shabba’, and he made no mistake with a powerful left-footed finish past the goalkeeper.

So the three points to Gordon Igesund's team, but he will know much tougher challenges lie in wait for his team.

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-01-11 17:31:29


posted: 2014-01-11 17:32:01

You guys have to acept penalty was a bulshit kekanas goal wad stunong

posted: 2014-01-11 17:32:05

The referee is very poor!

posted: 2014-01-11 17:32:20

Jay Bee not true he came for trials

posted: 2014-01-11 17:32:40

Be ready for a surprise

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-01-11 17:34:13

Dislocated horn Rhino... with a dislocated comment... again....

posted: 2014-01-11 17:34:33

It looks like the reef wants to keep the home team just for the cash

posted: 2014-01-11 17:39:32

Mozambique's no 14 I like.

posted: 2014-01-11 17:50:11

Well done south africa poor referee anyway not to blame the tird person our own mistake

posted: 2014-01-11 17:59:04

Well done boyz even amabeneplaas also they dıd well ın thıs competıtıon by wınnıng all there group matches,unfortunely they were dump ın the knockout stage, so ı hope bafana wıll not dısappoınt agaınst two super powers of afrıca malı and nıgerıa.

posted: 2014-01-11 18:01:44

Makhanya Yes thi is not bafana it is Ama Bine plaas

posted: 2014-01-11 18:02:12

I'm happy about the 3 points... That is the only think that I'm happy about, I can't celebrate mediocrity. Mozambique ibizifele nje I mean even mpumalanga black aces could have beaten these guys, how on earth we didn't score more then 5 goals I dnt knw and we had them on the back foot, Gordon decide to substitute a striker for a midfielder instead of putting in another striker and go for the kill, after that substitution those guys attacked us and they could have scored, I hope we will improve on our next game and we need a striker with a killer instinct e.i Manqele

posted: 2014-01-11 18:02:51

reason why parker is the top goal scorer. shown!

posted: 2014-01-11 18:06:46

Chabangu uyambona nje bezidlela beer ngama holiday

posted: 2014-01-11 18:08:14

Big up to all the 'Octopuses' who predicted nothing less than 3 goals....you know yourselves.....

Once and Always....(Silver till next Gold)

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-01-11 18:12:52

Not a convincing performance, GI substitutions baffling as usual. Anyway, glad for the 3 points and 3 goals. Hlompho's goal was outstanding...

Stigaman we Khosi
posted: 2014-01-11 18:13:03

Why do we get these negative comments from these negative rodents who commented during the game...what are they saying now?

"Kekana's goal is far better than that jika joe goal Majoro scored during the derby"

posted: 2014-01-11 18:19:37

Bwahahaha......usile wena,uzomfaka enkingeni

Once and Always....(Silver till next Gold)

posted: 2014-01-11 18:20:57

thanks Kaizer Chiefs for releasing our players....excellent contribution by our boys...kazi besizoba yini ukuba bekukhona these goats oziwo Jali no Manyisa.

posted: 2014-01-11 18:24:20

Hlompo Kekana was stunning but however to another goal-keeper he would give away possession easily with that long range shot.

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