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Bafana held by New Zealand

Posted: 30 May 2014 Time: 11:36

Bafana Bafana ended their tour Down Under with a 0-0 draw against New Zealand at the MT Smart Stadium in Auckland on Friday morning.

The South Africans drew 1-1 with World Cup-bound Australia on Monday, but on that occasion they had goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa to thank for keeping them in the game.

This morning though, goalie Ronwen Williams was a mere spectator as Bafana dominated possession and territory, but once again failed to find the back of the net.


Gordon Igesund, seemingly in his last match in charge of the team, made three changes to the side, with Williams replacing Meyiwa, and Buhle Mkhwanazi and Siyabonga Nhlapo replacing the injured Thabo Nthethe and Mulomowandau Mathoho, who returned to Mzansi for a family bereavement.

The visitors nearly scored in the opening minute when Ayanda Patosi played a through-ball to Tokelo Rantie, but goalkeeper Glen Ross raced out of his area to block the shot.

On 16 minutes Patosi came close to netting his second goal in as many games but, after beating a defender on the edge of the area, his shot flashed inches wide.

The All Whites were relying on counter-attacks or defensive errors for their chances, and one such instance came just before the half-hour mark when captain Anele Ngcongca’s mistake allowed Durante space in the area, but he dragged his shot across the face of goal.

Bafana had another great chance on 37 minutes when Thato Mokeke found space down the left. His initial cross was blocked, but a second ball in presented Rantie with a volley which went just over.

If the South Africans had the better of the first half, they dominated the second, with Thulani Serero pulling the strings in midfield.

Thuso Phala missed two early chances before Hlompho Kekana fired a free-kick straight at the keeper.

But in a brief moment of respite, New Zealand almost took the lead when they countered and broke down the right. Tyler Boyd opted to shoot with numbers in the middle; his shot hitting the side-netting.

Rantie dragged another shot wide, Phala squandered a headed chance and Serero and Patosi fired straight at Moss as chances continued to fall to Bafana, before the best opportunity on 77 minutes: substitute Themba Zwane’s goalbound effort cleared off the line after he did brilliantly to fashion some space.

Moss produced another double-save late on to keep out Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Rantie as the Kiwis, 111th in the world rankings, held on for a draw.


New Zealand XI: Moss, Tuiloma, Boyd, McGlinchey, Rojas, James, Thomas, Roux, Payne, Boxall, Durante 

South Africa XI: Williams, Nhlapho, Ngcongca, Mkhwanazi, Mokeke, Letsholonyane, Kekana, Serero, Phala (Zungu 67), Patosi (Zwane 70), Rantie (Mthembu 88)

Livefyre comments on this story...

Kickoff BloggerLePirates
posted: 2014-05-30 09:48:20

Gordon should leave and Coach Swallows

posted: 2014-05-30 09:48:43

patosi shuld have been kept on the field

posted: 2014-05-30 09:51:18

Gordon has failed us, so bye bye ndoda

posted: 2014-05-30 09:57:03

i lyk the kit nice

posted: 2014-05-30 09:57:24

New coach is needed indeed... this guy has always been happy with his performance since da1. Heil always be happy if we loose 10games in a row. .. bye bye Mr...

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2014-05-30 10:02:37

Hahahahaha! Bye bye Gordon. I can't say it was a pleasure having you as the coach of what is supposed to be our nation's pride.

It will indeed be good riddance. Then you can focus on being a good father to Thabo Nthethe and Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

posted: 2014-05-30 10:06:11

Thank you GI for nothing. SAFA please try again and get someone that will grow our football  

posted: 2014-05-30 10:06:26

Congratulations to the new-look but smart Bafana. They are the guys we are looking at for our next Afcon and World Cup. We salute you for saving our names whilst the so-called big names went boycotting. Let us welcome them back at OR Tambo as heroes. Players must learn that they are no bigger than national soccer. Phambili Bafana Bafana phansi nge Boycotter-Boycotter.  

posted: 2014-05-30 10:07:08

Black4ever its not only GI but the boycotters as well

posted: 2014-05-30 10:09:09

Sizo hayi I had to login and ask what kit? That kit was made yesterday in New Zealand because they realized they were about to play a team with a similar kit... Ugly is even a better word

posted: 2014-05-30 10:09:52


Celebration of mediocrity. 

posted: 2014-05-30 10:11:29

SouthAfri_Khosi is that true man?heheheee....

posted: 2014-05-30 10:12:16

Well played by the boys. You could see from the bench that Gordon noticed his going. Whoever might be choosen to run the ship must aye look the current boys and mix them with experience. Bring killer back for we lack a lone Striker whom we can stand by him during the build up. We can all see Rantjie is an offensive player like Erasmus. Mphela was giving bafana bafana shape at past. If Spain can do it with Torres either Costa,we can do with Mphela. Look at Brazil,Fred doesn't impact that much but they stick with him as their number nine. That's the same with Germany using Gomez or Klose. I appeal to Safa to recommend Clive Barker again. That man can work with young players and experience one's. We need back our experience boys to team up with the current ones. Look at Xavi,Pirlo,Lamh,Tiago,De rossi,Yaya,Keita,Ribery,Robben,Gerrard just to mention few are all still valued cause of their experiences in football industry. Retain modise,tshabalala,KG,letsholonyane,mphela,sangweni,jali,manyisa,parker, why not moriri cause the legs are still there to do the work. Let's unite and support bafana bafana will get there!

K53 Rhino
posted: 2014-05-30 10:12:59

Orlando Pirates Lap Dogs Crazy Fans they like to Cry about Everything. Thanks Khosination for Supporting BB every time. Love & Peace. 

posted: 2014-05-30 10:13:12

I know Fikile Mbalula won't disappoint.........

Tsotso vhimba
posted: 2014-05-30 10:16:52

Shorts0874 ay, are ok bra?

Tsotso vhimba
posted: 2014-05-30 10:18:41

Sbambani4 pure kak boss, nyoso... your Killer is nolonger a national team material... that includes your dead wood, Nyawana 

posted: 2014-05-30 10:18:50


I have never seen such football comment about Bafana on this forum. We need supporters like yourself. I will kill myself if you can tell me that you are Gorilla fan (Rat) or a fan of Charity Case FC (Sunclowns).

posted: 2014-05-30 10:19:28

Let's be honest here bafana are still struggling to recover from the Pitso times. I wld say fire Gordon just to prove that not only blacks struggle with bafana. I wld say give Zeca Marques a chance to coach bafana and see

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-05-30 10:20:06

Well done Ryan Cooper for the heading. Another journo might have said NEW ZEALAND HELD BY BAFANA . Good job Mr Cooper, very good indeed.

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