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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...

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-05-30 10:28:36

Lavista4Life He he he he.. khosi! So for you it will be acceptable to say Polokwane City held by Chiefs?

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-05-30 10:28:46

Fumigator Carlos Querueiroz is currently taking Iran team to the World Cup,i doubt he would leave them at this stage to coach Bafana,its every coache's dream to coach at the World cup

Tsotso vhimba
posted: 2014-05-30 10:29:36

Jay Bee Lavista4Life if polokwane city were to dominate that game yah, why not?

posted: 2014-05-30 10:29:40

fortune_ COWloba He is earmarked to start in August that is after the world cup and he will be available

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

Lol at Bucs Child,bafana is not United my man . look at Spain,Casillas can make mistakes at Madrid and loose form at times but the nation stick by him. Here in mzansi what we know is to talk talk talk. We not United simple,we even boo our own lads,where had you seen that in other countries ?

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-05-30 10:31:02

Black4ever fortune_ COWloba so  surely then ,he wont be announced 2morrow

posted: 2014-05-30 10:31:07

Jay Bee Lavista4Life yes i will accept that depending on how the game unfolded. lets say if polokwane ws leading 2-0 by 80 min den we force a draw i cn accept a headline that says polokwane city held by chiefs, esp if polokwane ws playing at home, if it ws playing away den the headline cn say chiefs force a late draw. 

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-05-30 10:31:38

Tsotso vhimba Jay Bee Lavista4Life  Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha... okay. That's your opinion, but unfortunately, you will never read anything like that! Not even from an amateur journo.

posted: 2014-05-30 10:31:43


stop nyaope, boet!!

not good for your thinking........

GI did exactly what you predict.......and now his on his way out of BB

posted: 2014-05-30 10:32:05

fortune_ COWloba Why not, Vaan Gaal was announced as MU coach and he is currently Netherlands coach. Forward planning baba

Tsotso vhimba
posted: 2014-05-30 10:32:36

Jay Bee are you a journo yourself? or you are a sangoma?

posted: 2014-05-30 10:32:36

The reason we are failing in soccer as nation it because everyone has an opinion, and they think they know better.

The Journos thinks they know better about who should be the coach and which players should be selected, the fans thinks they know who should be selected, the politicians like Fikile Mbalula thinks they know that is best and SAFA thinks firing coaches like dirty panties is better than investing in development.

We are not going anywhere. We are a country of opinions.

posted: 2014-05-30 10:33:29

fortune_ COWloba 

Then you better not comment. 

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-05-30 10:33:45

Black4ever fortune_ COWloba didnt he say he is only shortlisted?

posted: 2014-05-30 10:33:47

Nipsy But our opinions don't play on match day they just remain as opinions

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2014-05-30 10:34:03

He will start working after the world cup.

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-05-30 10:34:10

Lavista4Life Ha ha ha ha.. imagine this heading: Polokwane City held by Real Madrid... ki ki ki ki ki ki.. I give up!

posted: 2014-05-30 10:34:46

To me if amazulu were leading until 93 minute and sundowns equalize then they were held

posted: 2014-05-30 10:34:52

fortune_ COWloba  They  just want him period.

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2014-05-30 10:36:05

Nipsy fortune_ COWloba i did not comment bout the game,anyway did u understand what i said?

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