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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...

Siemar..."2014/15 PSL Champion!!!
posted: 2014-11-30 17:45:01

Honestly...i see none of these boys taking part in Afcon. Let us not forget that our main National team is doing well as is so...why change whats not broken.

posted: 2014-11-30 17:46:08

Why do people always attack Nkatha, is this xenophobic attack or what? Parker has been a flop since n I hear nobody attacking him, grow up guys

posted: 2014-11-30 18:13:48

Actually,the score is supposed to be 3

Veza'ndlebe (Misunderstood Blogger)
posted: 2014-11-30 18:41:45

Thank you very much I've been saying this for long. Furman is a waste, we have so much better

Chief Murphy
posted: 2014-11-30 18:53:48

Mxm you're a waste yourself. ..Furman is our captain..

posted: 2014-11-30 18:55:56

Zebraless Bafana makes iNingizimu Afrikha dance with jubilation. Truly Shakes Mashaba rocks! ! !  

what the hell
posted: 2014-11-30 19:22:09

Today he played as a Chippa United player don't know why you disputing the facts

Chief Murphy
posted: 2014-11-30 19:55:11

This kinda behavior will never make us united and I am telling its just a matter of time KC fans start keeping their distance in terms of supporting bafana bafana....stadiums will be empty with 1000 fans frm pirates abd sundowns.

posted: 2014-12-01 00:24:58

This new bafana team..iyho!_ astonishing stuff guys, shout outs to Fagrie Lackay,  we have a

"ÝOUNGEST PLAYER"  once again, in less than 6 months. We were ranked as the 16th best team on the planet, these guys should be in the top 10 by 2016. Based on the comments made by their coach, the manner in which he spoke of us was truly refreshing from a coaching perspective. 

I feel like we're inside the third dimension with our vision already, 4th dimesion is to win the afcon, 5th dimension, be among some medals in the 2018 olympic games and the 6th dimension tells us that  we should reach the last 4 in Russia.

In South African football, the "Golden Generation" 'tag' shouldn't apply.

Bra Shakes is the reincarnation of TELE SANTANA in his fullness.

posted: 2014-12-01 05:47:14

That ivory Coast is full of cows

T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 2014-12-01 06:34:43

Congratulations to the boys.

As for NIKE I get disgusted every time I see these ugly skipas, they better launch something worth the wait, Shakes and BB deserve it.

posted: 2014-12-01 06:38:53

during the downfall of GI and Chips players, someone in this forum said ' SA does not have talent'

Buti Mavena
posted: 2014-12-01 08:16:24

Victorinho Divid Zulu is chippa united player he is not a chiefs player

Glamour boy Noble # jealousy kills.
posted: 2014-12-01 08:32:54

Big up to Bra Shakes a Keizer Chiefs product himself and his boys for making us smile again.

posted: 2014-12-01 08:46:53

SiphiwoMaqubela Don't even try attaching Kaizer Chiefs to Shakes' shine, nigga. 

Shit, nigga cant even spell own team right. 

Somebody hand this boy a pencil sharpener

posted: 2014-12-01 09:01:35

SiphiwoMaqubela Shakes a chiefs product?hai khona 


Bobby & Steve must futsek! Tumour
posted: 2014-12-01 09:36:43

I'm sure the Rodents are hurting because Zulu scored!

Bobby & Steve must futsek! Tumour
posted: 2014-12-01 09:39:42

It must hurt you that Zulu scored! You bloody rodent!

posted: 2014-12-01 09:44:43

Speak!!! _was it Yellowman??

posted: 2014-12-01 11:16:36

@CJB Ramses III sir I see you have a point to prove to Kaizer Chiefs even on matters of the national team so I will ask you please just do us justice as a south african with any intelligence to share the facts you have.

They may be in the form of links I beg of you don't be selctive show me how Tshabalala failed the nation.

Show how Reneilwe failed the nation.

Show me how Masilela failed the nation

Show me how Mathoho failed the nation

Show me how Khune failed the nation

Show me how Gaxa failed the Nation

Show me how Masango failed the nation

Show me how Tefo failed the nation

Since you are judging Chiefs is the virus failure provide facts eish I can't get this why chiefs is it hate or jealousy or just envy some faction of Pirates and Sundowns supporters have it in for kaizer chiefs and

I'm not painting my fellow chiefs suppoters in good light but I prefer factual arguments because I'm objective not just subjective.

Let's debate

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