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Bafana Draw With Algeria

Bafana Draw With Algeria

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628 / / Jan 12, 2013 08:18 PM
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International friendly

Teams: South Africa 0-0 Algeria

Date: 12 January 2013

Venue: Orlando Stadium

 

South Africa drew 0-0 with Algeria on Saturday in their final friendly before the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, taking place on home soil.

Bafana Bafana, who will open CAF's showpiece event against Cape Verde on January 19, enjoyed the lion's share of possession early on but struggled to threaten in the final third at Orlando Stadium.

There was a brief moment of excitement when Thulani Serero floated in a telling cross from the right, however, Kagisho Dikgacoi failed to connect with his overhead kick in the 20th minute.

The visitors, though, fashioned two decent chances four minutes later, as Foued Kadir and Hamer Bouazza shot off target from promising positions.

Algeria defender Essaid Belkalem will feel he could have done better in the 35th minute when he hooked a volley off a corner down and over the cross bar.

Bafana hitman Katlego Mphela had a great opportunity in the 41st minute, as he shot straight at goalkeeper Rias M'Bohli following a defensive lapse from the north Africans.

Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker then triggered a fine diving stop from M'Bohli with a curling effort on the run, while at the other end Belkalem headed over a Bouazza free-kick just before the interval.

Algeria started the second stanza brightly, as Islam Slimani rattled the side-netting in the 50th minute after getting on the end of Belkalem's intelligent ball to the far post. Khune, though, had it covered.

Six minutes later Khune, who earned his 50th cap on the night, was perfectly positioned to comfortably collect Slimani's curling attempt after the Algerian cut in smartly off the right flank.

Bafana substitute Reneilwe Letsholonyane, on for Furman, tried his luck in the 57th minute but the Amakhosi ball-winner scuffed his shot as it rolled wide of the upright.

Club teammate Siphiwe Tshabalala, a replacement for Serero, drilled a menacing volley narrowly over the cross bar in the 65th minute.

Neither side could gain the initiative in the latter stages of the evenly contested fixture.

South Africa: Itumeleng Khune, Anele Ngcongca (Gaxa 46'), Thabo Matlaba, Bongani Khumalo, Siyabonga Sangweni, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Thuso Phala, Dean Furman (Letsholonyane 54'), Katlego Mphela (Rantie 60'), Thulani Serero (Tshabalala 53'), Bernard Parker.

Algeria: Rias M'Bohli, Mehdi Mostefa-Sbaa, Essaid Belkalem, Djamel Mesbah, Islam Slimani (Aoudia 78', Sofiane Feghouli (Boudebouz 81'), Hamer Bouazza, Carl Medjani (Halliche 58'), Foued Kadir (Soudani 58'), Adlane Guedioura (Tedjar 76'), Khaled Lemmouchia (Cadamuro 62').

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XANTHIA Level 1
I'm the following players played bad against Algeria: khune, gaxa, yeye,shabba nd parker, and the following excelled, they played their best football ever: sangweni, matlaba, myeni( oops! He wsnt selected) jali oops again.. Mphela and teko oops! What d hell I will always support Bafana Bafana errespactive of u is selected...it. Starts on d 19th

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sipho8given Level 1
LET'S ALL STAND UNITED BEHIND BACHIEFS BADRAW , THEY NEED OUR SUPPORT, NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO SUPPORT INDIVISUALS , LETS HOPE THEY WILL WIN ON SAT COS A DRAW WONT HELP US

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LotusGolden Level 1
who wnt 2 bet dat bafan wil win 1 n drw 2 or jst draw 3 in afcon.

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Kulakk Level 1
GI 's selection sucks.... Can anyone tell y Teko was not selected... I wish Mphela gets injured on training & get out of dat average team.. From Anti BB...

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sipho8given Level 1
LETS GIVE BACHIES BADRAW A CHANCE AND OUR SUPPORT AS A NATION , I HOPE WILL SCORE CUM OPENING MACH WE NEED A WIN , VIVA BAFAN BADRAW

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Kulakk Level 1
Mxxm Bafana ba Chieps

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fofo Level 1
Dear Fellow South Africans, Forget about your team allegiances, Bafana Bafana needs your unconditional support. Regards, Fofo

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SIR ESPANA Level 1
G-I s talking 051 on Safm

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SIR ESPANA Level 1
Gordon is talking nonsense on SAFM...#teamGhana#

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Vaphi Level 3
I must sorry to Pitso for talking bad about him, compared to current bafana bafana coach Pitso is Prof...

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Vaphi Level 3
I am listening to Godorn on SA FM now...

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Mayanga_75 Level 1
Matsikinoto strait

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Vaphi Level 3
I'm scared when u differ with these so-called Bafana baChiefs supporters u're called someone who doesn't know football, it is sad for our democracy indeed...

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Vaphi Level 3
Ha ha ha supporting African National Corruption...

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therealsamuel Level 1
We all know that Gorilla supporters r gud in labelling our players en coach bt fails to appreciate the gud performance by GI @ Bafana.We support the country like we did with the leadership of ANC,don't support a team bcz of individual mst we mst support the brand Bafana Bafana

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therealsamuel Level 1
Bafana all the way,we are going to surprise many people including Gorillas who wished a bad luck for Us.We wil beat all 3 teams fair and square en we want the so called big team like Zambia,Ivory cost,Ghana to knock them in the competition.Bafana Bachiefs all the way

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De-C-roba Level 1
Yeeer!is dis topic stil here 2dy?editor we r tired of dis losers man

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allihman Level 1
the only thing we want against cape verde is a win,nothing else.

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Kelly_Mt Level 2
We O P suptas r not angry abt AJ 15's omission in da Bafana Cowfela, our main prob is wen conspiracies r drawn against us, hw cud Godol' Isende 'GI' select 7 of our undapfming /unda achieving rivals &den 4ce us 2 cheer dem up in da name of patriotism? We knw he got a vandetta aganst DTC since da last tym we pushd him out of Mayfair training grounds & 4ced him 2 rezyn, bcoz he dd rezyn (tho pushed) he cudn't get desirable package. Nw da cowteam is nicknamed Bafana Bachiefs &still dey want us 2 clap hands in approval,who eva say Bafana Cowfela is a dream team is having wet dreams him/hersel. So y wd uGodol'Isende contemplate quitting? Dat shows choozing diz cows is detrimental 2 his reputaxn we can't compromise we r DTC Defyning Treble Champions

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Momosala Level 1
I don't think we must delude ourselves here guys,we are not ready for this tournament. It was unwise for us to host it,we are just going to get embarassed again. For how long have our players been playing for Bafana without any overseas offers? We regard Shabba & Yeye higher than all other players,but these best players don't come close to other country's best players,e.g Drogba.

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