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Nelson Mandela Challenge South Africa Bafana Bafana Ivory Coast

Posted: 30 November 2014 Time: 17:00

Bongani Zungu and David Zulu scored either side of the break as Bafana Bafana deservedly beat Ivory Coast 2-0 in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.

Santos striker Fagrie Lakay notably became the youngest ever Bafana international in the friendly at 17 years and 183 days old, bettering the mark set by Ajax Cape Town defender Rivaldo Coetzee last month.

Both countries - who used the game as part of their preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations - fielded experimental sides as the fixture fell outside the Fifa calendar, meaning clubs were not obliged to release their players for it.

Bafana, under the stand-in captaincy of Thamsanqa Sangweni, dominated from the onset, and had a second minute goal controversially ruled out for offside. Moroka Swallows attacker Vuyisile Wana slid home a cross by Themba Zwane, but the latter was adjudged to be in an offside position when freed down the left flank by Man of the Match Zungu.

The hosts continued to press, as Wana and Zulu had wayward attempts on goal before Zungu broke the deadlock in the 31st minute with a composed finish at the back post after being teed up by the impressive Patrick Phungwayo in the box.

Zwane nearly added a second just before the interval but he was bravely foiled in a one-on-one situation by the onrushing Abdul Cisse.

However, Shakes Mashaba's men doubled the advantage in the 53rd minute, as Chippa United forward Zulu tapped into an empty net from just outside the area after the keeper came out to deny debutant Siyanda Ngubo a shot on goal.

Bafana pushed in search of a third, as substitute Lerato Lamola, who replaced Zulu, tested the opposing keeper with a low shot in the 67th minute.

At the other end, the solid-looking Jackson Mabokgwane made a crucial stop in the latter stages after the Bafana defence was exposed.

Mashaba made a raft of changes in the second period, bringing on Lakay, Lamola, Dumisani Msibi, Asavela Mbekile and Ntsikelelo Nyauza.

South Africa: Mabokgwane (Msibi 83'), Nhlapho, Phungwayo, Komane, Mngonyama, Sangweni (Mbekile 84'), Zungu, Zwane (Lakay 76'), Wana (Nyauza 87'), Tlolane (Ngubo 46'), D Zulu (Lamola 63').

Ivory Coast: Cisse, Yannick, Doumbia, Diabate, Magbi, Moukoro, Diomande, Britto, Victorien, Zirignon, Chester.

Livefyre comments on this story...

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-11-30 15:06:28

Wow wow wow wow…..! 


CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-11-30 15:08:22

Hehehe… "…. it was too fast for us…" - Reinard

posted: 2014-11-30 15:12:55

Shakes must keep bafana ZebraFree

posted: 2014-11-30 15:12:59

Well I dont knw why do we still have the cows in Orlando such as Bacela, and Gabuza when ther is such talent in Mzantsi.

posted: 2014-11-30 15:13:10

Shakes can sell the water to the well

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-11-30 15:15:16

Jackson looks comfortable at this level…. its a yes from me….

posted: 2014-11-30 15:15:47

I have never enjoyed football the way I did this match in a very very loooong time. Ja neh Shakes! "Jy is n lekker ding"

posted: 2014-11-30 15:16:42

Shakes knows how to pick his team. He knows how to motivate his boys. He even pick those who are not playin in their teams but they do well in Bafanabafana.

posted: 2014-11-30 15:18:12

Dankie Mr Shakes Mashaba

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-11-30 15:19:42

Moses…. Shakes Mashaba… I can see Kanana….

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-11-30 15:19:42

In bafana bafana, i believe. In shakes i salute, useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo

posted: 2014-11-30 15:20:14

Shakes and these lads just remind me of the old days when we used to wallop anything from the African continent with the exception of the Pharaohs and the drug lords. Looks like happy days are here again. Thanks to all involved in this rejuvenation. Bafana Bafana shall again conquer!!!

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-11-30 15:20:44

Zungu or Sangweni any day over Dean Furman… Any day…

posted: 2014-11-30 15:24:19

even if some teams refused to release they COW players, Shakes proved them wrong ones-again! VIVA MR MASHABA VIVA

posted: 2014-11-30 15:25:32

Well done boys like I said the toothless must buy Jackson

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-11-30 15:29:15

Kamina kawena…. ai ai ai ai ai ai…. we have talent in abundance… 

Very encourage by the depth we have in this country - i have always said hori players in this country are at a similar level… the only difference being they are exposed to different pressures and motivations… i am not surprised by the depth display we have in this country… talent lives here…

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-11-30 15:30:28

AFCON… we'll do well…

posted: 2014-11-30 15:36:17

Patrick Pungwayo, Bongani aka Ben 10 Zungu, Themba Zwane,Mngonyama to select few really did came to d part!! M so happy with their performance n once again congrats to Mashaba.

#angithi phela ngiyiSandawana#

posted: 2014-11-30 15:40:04

Jackson is certainly the man to be bought. He catches the ball like no body's business. He is just no afraid to do the Khune's

Now thats the ideal guy for Orlando

Bucaneer 2.1
posted: 2014-11-30 15:56:10

liked the pace, dig the hunger displayed by the boys. Shakes is a man with a special touch. dats all it takes, a coach the players are willing to die for. Mashaba, the man who backs the underdog and still manages to bite, bravo!

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