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South Africa Mali CHAN 2014

Posted: 15 January 2014 Time: 17:52

Mali held South Africa to a 1-1 draw in their African Nations Championships match at Cape Town on Wednesday afternoon.

Bernard Parker gave Bafana Bafana a fortuitous first half lead, but the visitors leveled soon after the restart though Ibourahima Sidibe.

Gordon Igesund made three changes to the side that beat Mozambique in the CHAN opener, with Vuyo Mere, Lindokuhle Mbatha and Edward Manqele coming in.

It was Mali who made the better start to the game and they should have been awarded a penalty in the ninth minute when Itumeleng Khune brought down an attacker in the area, but the referee waved ‘play on’.

Two minutes later and the visitors had another great chance when Diarra hit a first-time volley from a corner-kick, but the ball went inches wide.

Slowly but surely Bafana found their stride, and in the 13th minute Siphiwe Tshabalala attempted a chip shot which went wide.

Then, on 22 minutes, a moment of contention. Lindokuhle Mbatha made his way towards the area but was fouled by Konate. The referee pointed to the spot, despite replays showing that contact was made outside the area.

Parker stepped up and made no mistake from the spot for his third goal of the tournament.

Mbatha had a great chance to score one of his own shortly afterwards when a cross from the left found him unmarked in the area, but his scuffed goalbound shot was blocked by Adama Traore.

Bafana were lucky not to concede three minutes before the break when a lapse in communication allowed Sissoko a shot, but it rebounded off the upright and went away to safety.

Edward Manqele almost scored on the stroke of halftime after bursting straight through following a slip in defence, but the goalkeeper pulled of a fine save.

Mali started the second half much like the first, and this time they were rewarded for the efforts with an equalizer on 55 minutes. A long ball was flicked on to Lassana Diarra, who set up Sidibe to thunder a shot past Khune.

Hlompo Kekana – still on a high following his wonder-strike against Mozambique on Saturday – attempted another long-range effort which went just wide, before Traore went even closer with a volley that missed the upright by inches.

Parker almost added to his tally on 71 minutes when he did well to control Tshabalala’s cross, but he slipped as he shot and the goalkeeper gathered easily enough.

Shortly afterwards Buhle Mkhwanazi was left unmarked from a set-piece, but rather than hit the ball first time he let it bounce, giving the defence time to close him down and block the shot.

Mali opted to settle for the draw as the game drew to a close and, with Bafana unable to breach their defence, it leaves the host nation with it all to do in their final group match against Nigeria.

South Africa: Khune, Mere, Nthethe, Mkhwanazi, Mokeke, Mbatha, Kekana, Pattison, Tshabalala (Chabangu 81st), Parker, Manqele (Mbekile 55th)

Mali: Diakité, Samaké, Keita, Konaté, A Traoré, Doumbia, Samaké, Sissoko, Sidibé, M Traoré (Kone 86th), Lassana (Diawara 66th)

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-01-15 17:05:03

What's new??? This how they roll!!

posted: 2014-01-15 17:05:19

Mbatha is a good player bt for him to play the entire I dnt know, I think he should v went out instead of shabba,

Jim Jones The Pirate
posted: 2014-01-15 17:05:58

Bennito17Jim Jones The Pirate its called patronising champ....

bafana & kaizer chiefs addict
posted: 2014-01-15 17:06:51

you people are fools,mali is a good team and this players are regulars in the malian team..go bafana bafana go..haters go and hang

posted: 2014-01-15 17:07:01

Bennito17 Jim Jones The Pirate  keet is an international

posted: 2014-01-15 17:07:25

Iyooo!!! The best in Africa and only because of money

woza bhakaniya
posted: 2014-01-15 17:07:36

Eish, Mali proves to be a difficult team for us to beat. Nigeria even worse. I pray for a draw tonight. In Bafana I believe and love.

posted: 2014-01-15 17:07:44

Jim Jones The PirateBennito17 imagine GI stil sticks with Khune even in easy games like against Swaziland, Lesotho etc

Jim Jones The Pirate
posted: 2014-01-15 17:07:56

anyone notice when Shabba has the ball he always looks for Parcow instead of passing players making good runs....

posted: 2014-01-15 17:09:04

Jim Jones The Pirate hahaha, they are chasing Benni's record

bafana & kaizer chiefs addict
posted: 2014-01-15 17:09:15

woza bhakaniya say that again

posted: 2014-01-15 17:09:43

Mxm stupid tournament anyway!!

Jim Jones The Pirate
posted: 2014-01-15 17:10:56

CleverboysBennito17Jim Jones The Pirate to be frank Mr Cum Laude Khune is a great shot stopper and distributor... However you do make a valid point...

posted: 2014-01-15 17:11:31

I do not want to say anything about Bafana Bafana until Gordon Igesund if relieved from his duties. this madala is a failure period,
Jim Jones The Pirate
posted: 2014-01-15 17:14:06

bafana&kaizer chiefs for life you are the idiot. Only a hand full of these players played in AFCON....... Pirates starting eleven would have walloped this bunch!!!

Papa T
posted: 2014-01-15 17:14:30

GI has completely destroyed BB!

Chiefs players are playing for their own selfish interest and GI is encouraging it, that's why we don't deserve to proceed.

posted: 2014-01-15 17:17:42

All I can say ...........PATHETIC & USELESS

Starts from the top. empty stadiums......

We are serial world class hosts, that's all we good at.

Instead of wasting money on mickey mouse tournaments like this, money could be put to better use and  spend it on coaching and development

congo brazaville
posted: 2014-01-15 17:18:59

I had a chance to do a research in malian league (Mali premiere division) and I can tell you the league is no where from being professional, clubs, pitches and players do not take training seriously as they are not making lot of money in local football.the only players who take football serious are those who are eying a eroupean move.but PSL players are full professional and well paid and still u can notice that.

Apostle Peter
posted: 2014-01-15 17:21:51

I questioned the exclusion of Sbu Vilakazi, Manqele was ineffective. I think we should have simply won that game, Bafana has a tendency of not putting matters in their own hands, now its gonna be a tricky affair against Nigeria. Hae this national team never cease to amaze.

posted: 2014-01-15 17:23:33

Our players have once again suffered the indignity of a mediocre perfomance.....i.e. a bunch of underachievers!!!!

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