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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 18:26:06

Thanks bafan bafana u make us proud of u keep fighting as the nation

posted: 2014-01-11 18:26:34

Hond van alle honde - Bernard Melvin Parker. Rats you jella? Y u no vang tips?

posted: 2014-01-11 18:27:34

You are off the mark baba.....

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

posted: 2014-01-11 18:32:29

Off the mark......may I remind you that it was the very same players who took us out of the world cup qualifiers .....hluza ingqondo

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

posted: 2014-01-11 18:45:24

On a positive note this Jackie CHAN thing is preparing our lads for the Champs league next month...  

Amakhosi eMbalenhle
posted: 2014-01-11 18:47:53

These guys vilakazi, mashego,mbatha, mbekile chabangu and moon I haven't seen what they can do for the team.

posted: 2014-01-11 18:54:07

Congra boys continue make us proud we appreciate that as South Africans


posted: 2014-01-11 18:55:49

ppl take chan seriously bcoz fifa rankings alongside pride are on the line here!!!a better second half display from the lads!!!Parker Just Can't stop scoring!!!

posted: 2014-01-11 18:57:59

Thank U Parker and the rest of the squad!!!

posted: 2014-01-11 18:58:17

I'm sure u r eating ur big humble pie! What a shame.

posted: 2014-01-11 19:00:06

Amakhosi eMbalenhle  that why I thank Kaizer's boys for this win...without Chiefs there's no Bafana....big up Kaizer Chiefs

posted: 2014-01-11 19:03:56

Thanks to all BB and their technical team,what world class goal from Hlomho Kekane...

Ngcamane waliKhosi
posted: 2014-01-11 19:08:55

Well done boys ,I just hope GI on the next match he can start with mancele and Parker upfront tht guy from Platinum stars must also start the match , Pattison must be given a chance as well

posted: 2014-01-11 19:16:53

Celebrating a win against Mozamique? Me i will never stoop that low!

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-01-11 19:19:05

Nice and easy... didn't even bother with second gear... kancane kancane....

The Real Lucho
posted: 2014-01-11 19:19:51

So what do u suggest we do?

posted: 2014-01-11 19:29:55

Heeeee watching the game of nigeria n mali n I thinnk we need sangweni at the back n oupa assissting in the middle

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-01-11 19:35:14

This is what development of the senior men's national team is about... we start with the small stuff so that later we can graduate... we have to start to learn how to win somewhere.... Don't sweat the small stuff people... its a stepping stone... So yes, we must celebrate the small achievements, that will one day culminate into a big bang...!

Gordon said it best... one cannot jump grade 1 straight into grade 12... mmhhm...

Black and White Rhino
posted: 2014-01-11 19:37:52

Dont Say we need them say You need them. I mean Sangweni have an Injure and Manyisa is Rested and how can you need players that are not Selected. Love & Peace. 

posted: 2014-01-11 19:45:31

Which low r u talking about because u r at ur lowest?

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