Segolela brace wins it for Bafana


Coach Gordon Igesund fielded a vastly different side with one eye on the two 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Central Africa Republic and Ethiopia, but still managed to achieve get the desired result and see his charges rack up some valuable game-time.

Predictably, it was all the visitors in the opening exchanges, though the wind and artificial pitch hardly made things easy.

Bernard Parker had the first half-chance on 10 minutes when he rose highest at the back-post to meet Siphiwe Tshabalala’s cross, but his effort lacked power and was easily gathered by Kholuoe Phasumane.

A minute later and Katlego Mashego should have opened the scoring when ‘Shabba’ played him in, but he struggled to get the ball out from under his feet and dragged his shot inches wide of goal.

Oupa Manyisa fired a powerful effort narrowly over shortly afterwards, before Parker again miscued a header – the wind wreaking havoc with the Bafana striker’s timing.

Segolela scuffed a shot from the edge of the area, before Parker’s free-kick, just past the half-hour mark, hit the crossbar, with Phasumane making an excellent save to keep out Mashego’s follow-up header.

Lesotho had some good chances towards the end of the half, but on both occasions Thulo Ranchobe was denied by Wayne Sandilands.

Bafana eventually had the ball in the back of the net when Segolela tapped home Tshabalala's cross-cum-shot on the stroke of half-time, though replays suggest he was marginally offside.

Igesund brought Senzo Meyiwa, Tefu Mashamaite and Daine Klate on at the start of the second half and, after a slow start, Bafana eventually got into gear and extended their lead on the hour-mark.

Segolela was again the scorer, doing brilliantly to turn and shoot into the far corner after the Lesotho goalie had dropped Daine Klate’s cross.

And it should have been 3-0 on 67 minutes when Parker was played clean through on goal but, having chipped the ball over the onrushing Phasumane, his shot was cleared off the line as the ball held up on the pitch and into the wind.

Lesotho sent a warning to Bafana that they weren’t about to roll over when substitute Katlego Moleko fired a shot from range which came back off the crossbar.

They came even closer on 81 minutes when Meyiwa tipped Mashego’s shot against the upright, but Bafana did enough to see off the late threat and cruise to victory.

Lesotho starting XI: Phasumane, Maswalle, Mothoana, Ntobo, Maple, Mokhakhane, Mofolo, Ranchobe, Marabe, Potloame, Lekhooman

South Africa starting XI: Sandilands (Meyiwa 46th), Ngcongca, Nunes (Langerman 56th), Nthethe, Mathoho (Mashamaite 46th), Furman, Segolela (Henyekane 75th), Manyisa, Tshabalala (Ntshumayelo 82nd), Parker, Mashego (Klate 46th)

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