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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.

AS IT HAPPENED!

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.

TEAMS

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...

mountainking
posted: 2014-05-30 10:20:47

Thanx for nothing GI Jane,always excuses.he's excuses are like those of a dumped girl.pitso this,pirates that.bull!come back to tshichlas and rhoo to be fired tomorrow.now you can negotiate freely that supersport coaching contract and leave the nation in peace.

Tsotso vhimba
posted: 2014-05-30 10:21:06

Jay Bee and here is a wild donkey praising the editor

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-05-30 10:21:18

difficult to comment when u didnt watch the game,whats our next game and where are we playing

Mnune
posted: 2014-05-30 10:21:21

Ugly Bafana jersey. I will sew mine

deleted_21083860_deleted_21083860_SisterP
posted: 2014-05-30 10:21:50

Its a 0 -0 draw who held who?

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-05-30 10:21:55

SisterP Chiefs were struggling under VV, he left the team in taters, in came Baxter, and he won the double! In short, we can't keep on blaming GI's failures on Pitso, it's not fair.

Sbambani4
posted: 2014-05-30 10:21:57

At shorts0874: The current boys needs the players you saying they boycott. The problem was the selection of Gordon,how do you call the first preference players in such friendlies ? Which games are you going to give the young ones and monitor them if they can be trusted!. Those players deserved rest,he shouldn't have called them at first place. If you watched the games against Australia and Newsland,both teams were fielding their upcoming generation players. Only Australia had to mix as they going to world cup. How do you expect modise to accept to replace someone ?meaning his not a first preference. Which games of psl was Gordon watching cause we can all see what modise did. Let's read this game

mountainking
posted: 2014-05-30 10:22:42

Sudan in khartoum sometimes in mid september

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-05-30 10:22:56

SisterP Can you say Amazulu held by Sundowns? Would that make sense to you?

Nipsy
posted: 2014-05-30 10:22:57

SisterP 

It looks like you have a deep relationship with Pitso. Pitso failed Bafana like GI nothing is special about Pitso he is the same as GI. 

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-05-30 10:23:09

mountainking thanks bud

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2014-05-30 10:23:49

Rumour has it Carlos Queiroz will be announced as new Bafana coach tomorrow.

Sbambani4
posted: 2014-05-30 10:25:30

We going down again,I see psl players been underrated by this Carlos Queiroz thing. Give Clive Barker the ship!!!

Tsotso vhimba
posted: 2014-05-30 10:25:40

Jay Bee SisterP the word HELD was irrelevant here... GOALLESS DRAW FOR BAFANA AND NEWZELAND would sound better...

Lavista4Life
posted: 2014-05-30 10:25:42

Jay Bee SisterP yes u cn say that if amazulu were dominating the game nd deserved to win it will be acceptable to say amazulu were held by sundowns.

Black4ever
posted: 2014-05-30 10:25:47

Fumigator Its not a rumour its real . Happy to see that emotional old fart leave

Buc Child
posted: 2014-05-30 10:26:01

When we a goaless draw by teams like New Zealand, then you know we are in big trouble! I just don't know what BB need now, a new coach? New players? A new name? New supporters? Hai, I don't know!

K53 Rhino
posted: 2014-05-30 10:26:12

How true is that Khosi lam elihle? Love & Peace. 

khosimynation
posted: 2014-05-30 10:26:50

fortune_ COWloba mountainking I hope they organize practice games before that. Unfortunately with the world coming there is no time. We must prepare for Nija they are coming.

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-05-30 10:27:00

Tsotso vhimba Jay Bee SisterP No it was not! BB should beat NZ any day, hence the editor say they were held.

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