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2015 African Nations Cup qualifier: Congo Brazzaville vs South Africa Bafana

Posted: 11 October 2014 Time: 16:21

Bafana Bafana moved to the top of African Nations Cup qualifying Group A after a 2-0 victory over Congo in Pointe-Noire on Saturday.

Bongani Ndulula's spectacular overhead-kick and another top finish from Tokelo Rantie was enough for South Africa to take all three points ahead of the return fixture on Polokwane on Wednesday.

Coach Shakes Mashaba made three changes to the side as Rivaldo Coetzee replaced the injured Anele Ngcongca to become the youngest ever Bafana international aged just 17, taking a longstanding record away from former captain Aaron Mokoena.

There were also starts for the recalled Thulani Serero and Tokelo Rantie, meaning Oupa Manyisa and Sibusiso Vilakazi dropped to the bench. Senzo Meyiwa retained the captain’s armband.

Rantie had the first chance of the match in the 12th minute when Serero's clever ball dounf the Bournemouth striker on the six-yard area, but he took a touch and was forced wide when a first-time shot might have been better.

Skipper Mewiya had to be alert three minutes later to keep out a near-post flick from Congo that actually came off the foot of a defender, but the Orlando Pirates keeper tipped it round the post.

Bafana were playing good football in patches as Andile Jali and Ndulula combined with one-twos on the edge of the area but failed to get a shot away.

Meyiwa was called into action a few more times in the half but under no real danger, comfortably dealing with long-range efforts from the home side.

The second half started like a house on fire as Mandla Masango got down the right to force a save out of Chancel Massa and hit the crossbar as the game opened up, end to end.

But it was the visitors who scored first as Ndulula showed perfect striker's instincts to get to Thulani Hlatshwayo's header from a Masango corner to try an overhead-kick with his back to goal, the ball cannoning in off a Congo defender to make it 1-0. It was a goal reminiscent of Thabo Mngomeni's bicycle-kick at the same venue against the same opposition back in 2000.

Three minutes later Bafana twisted the knife when after a defensive error, Furman's disguised left-footed pass found Rantie's clever run into the area and the forward finished calmly with his left foot into the top-left corner to double South Africa's advantage.

Goalscorer Rantie then missed a glorious chance to kill off the game in the 71st minute when played clean through on goal but he stabbed his shot wide.

Congo started to play route one football as they chased the game as Shakes Mashaba brought on Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Kermit Eramsmus and Sibusiso Vilakazi.

Congo missed good chances in the 76th and 82nd minutes as the South Africa defence were let off the hook, while Meyiwa had to get down low to his right, unsighted, to maintain the clean sheet with six minutes remaining.

Two minutes later Furman produced an unbelievable last-ditch tackle to deny Congo a sure goal and make sure Bafana could ride out the last few minutes with a two-goal cushion.

Congo had the ball in the net in the last minute, but the flag was raised for offside as South Africa saw out the game to secure a vital three points in their quest to reach Morocco 2015.

Congo XI: Massa, I Nganga, Moubhio, F Nganga, Bissiki, Ndinga, Oniangué, Gandzé, Litsingi, Bifouma, Doré

Bafana XI: Meyiwa (c), Matlaba, Mathoho, Coetzee, Hlatshwayo, Furman, Jali, Masango (Letsholonyane 78'), Serero, Rantie (Erasmus 73'), Ndulula (Vilakazi 63')

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posted: 2014-10-13 09:51:10

mag6, I don't know your meaning of hypocrite because really the term is totally abused here. It is totally out of place unless of course you know another meaning of the term. You maintain that GI selected good players but I have news for you. Those players failed time and again. If good for you is to lose to the likes of Ethiopia then you've set the bar too low. Of course if Mashaba were losing he would have deserved criticism for selecting players who can't perform. That's his job isn't it? He gets paid to select players who will perform. There's no gamble here. Football is not lotto it is a game. It involves planning and execution of that plan. You don't just gamble.

posted: 2014-10-13 09:57:30

Seladi KING? This Chiefs-Pirates rivalry at Bafana is disgusting; it's something that will soon make me moer someone at the stadium!

posted: 2014-10-13 09:58:49

mag6, By the way your hero GI didn't respect his predecessors. It was like he is the best thing after slice bread saying the team has improved compared to when he came. He maintained that he came when BB were in a bad space as if there was no coach before him. You can't now not want us to compare him and Mashaba. Mashaba has achieved better than him by winning two matches away from home.

posted: 2014-10-13 10:01:54

Svai u costing us big time..yes senzo made those shots stops but he is not convincing...we want a player or a keeper who is comfortable with the ball. If its wasn't for that defence...Meyiwa wud have costed us a win.Meyiwa need to hold on to the ball and that's ts.

posted: 2014-10-13 10:19:58

Tauzand1000_Wa_le_Pirates! No wonder you wear spectacles; plaasjappie!

posted: 2014-10-13 10:43:39

kickoffblogger I'm not sure if you read my reply because if you did, you would know who to address in your doltish reply. 

posted: 2014-10-13 10:51:49

mag6, But we also need to guard against confusing showboating with being comfortable. Arendse, for example, was one of the best keepers ever in SA but most people thought Baloyi was better because the later was flashy. Arendse focused on his job whereas Baloyi would make easy catches seem like impossible saves. It was only when you counted the number of goals conceded that you could see that the one had a better command of his area and makes more important saves than the other etc. I have alluded to Meyiwa's tendency to "fist" the ball to the danger zone instead of to the sides - but to say "if it wasn't for that defence"... we'll be taking it too far. We can say this with all other goalkeepers in the world because they must have defences to assist them. Nobody in the world can name a single goalkeeper who is not assisted by his defence. That's how football is played. I think we should just agree that he didn't concede as tsamaya says. He made more than three one-on-one saves. Excellent play by him.

posted: 2014-10-13 10:52:02

Seladi kickoffblogger Because you had replied to the original post you automatically become part of the reply list!

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posted: 2014-10-13 11:01:25

mag6 I would like to differ with you there, Senzo saved our skins in Congo. He made several important saves.

He has only one weakness, which is decisively dealing with aerial balls from set pieces. Otherwise the captain played well. Man of the Match performance.

posted: 2014-10-13 11:16:59

Arendse was better than Brian, that your opinion. I also concur with you that Senzo played well. I'm am also happy that Bafana is winning. However, I cannot withdraw my opinion that Senzo cannot deal with the ball well, if we had people who were slow nor late on second ball...the tittle wud be different. So I'm asking my honourable captain to continue with goodwork and work on his ball handling or holding skills.

posted: 2014-10-13 11:19:44

That good sir. A very valid point. However, I'm still on my point that Senzo needs to command that place more...rise up with a knee if neccessary. That not volleyball...its hard to get a goal in soccer.

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posted: 2014-10-13 11:25:00

mag6 Yes, he must improve on that, his presence must be felt in the 18 area. Rising with his knee will reduce lift, which is something he desperately needs given his height disadvantage. 

Khune has no problem making his presence felt in that 18 yard area (despite his height), perhaps Senzo can learn from him.

posted: 2014-10-13 12:58:40

kickoffblogger I see, so that explains why my replies have everyone's name in them. 

posted: 2014-10-13 15:18:34


Good point sir, I hate it with all of my heart, every topic is turned into chiefs pirates rivalry and truely people need to grow up, it`s simple this is about shakes and the boys I don`t know why can`t this idiots see it, I wish they all die you know.

posted: 2014-10-13 15:23:02


Khosi, I think he intended to reply the king of hate you are refering to, people like him are like a fly in the milk. I don`t know when are we going to celebrate our national team`s good performance without this stupid rivalry. We win we fight, we loose we fight, this is very irritating.

posted: 2014-10-13 21:18:44


As long as we won as a nation I don`t care senzo is not from another country mos he`s the son of the soil, so thanks to him once again. Waht I like about this boys is that they play as a team not as individuals from different teams and I also liked it when mathoho stopped a goal bound short that beat senzo against nigeria, and that`s what we call team effort, if mathoho was like most idiots who are commenting here about senzo this oupa that he would have let us down in order to prove a stupid point, once more thanks senzo, the boys and coach shakes mashaba, as for khune you know the truth very well from the bottom of your heart.

Big ups bafana.

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