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Bafana Play Out Draw In Opener

Bafana Play Out Draw In Opener

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745 / / Jan 19, 2013 07:01 PM
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2013 Africa Cup of Nations

Result: Bafana 0-0 Cape Verde

Date: 19 January 2013

Venue: National Stadium

Bafana Bafana were unable to get things together as they put on a disjointed performance to open their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 0-0 draw against Cape Verde at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Bafana started brightly with Thuso Phala showing some initiative early on but Cape Verde managed to scramble the danger clear before Bernard Parker failed to guide a header on target moments later.

Siphiwe Tshabalala then produced a weak free-kick in the 13th minute before Cape Verde had arguably the best chance of the half when Luis Platini went one-on-one with Itumeleng Khune but scuffed his shot wide.

Bongani Khumalo had to make a last-ditch challenge in the 20th minute to prevent the Blue Sharks from getting an opportunity at goal.

Both sides were struggling to keep possession and carve out good opportunities. Phala should have done better with a chance in the 32nd minute but he did not anticipate that the ball would find him at the far post and it bobbled out from close range.

Ryan Mendes then fired wide at the other end after getting onto the end of a pass into the area while Bafana were struggling to break through at the other end.

Mendes could have grabbed the lead for the visitors just before the break when he was found with a floated ball into the area but after controlling the pass, he lifted his strike over the angle as the game remained locked at 0-0.

The stuttering performance from both sides continued after the break, but coach Gordon Igesund brought Lerato Chabangu as he looked for more in attack while Thulani Serero and Katlego Mphela was thrown in later.

Majoro had a penalty appeal turned down after the game in the 56th minute when he went into the area and seemed to be blocked off in what was one of Bafana's best passing moves.

Khune then saved the hosts from going down with a fantastic fingertip save to push the ball just wide of the target.

The passing from the hosts was atrocious on the day, as many of their passes were not finding feet and their decisions in the final third were poor.

The final minutes of the game saw both sides struggle for chances as the game ended goalless.

Bafana: Itumeleng Khune, Anele Ngcongca, Siyabonga Sangweni, Bongani Khumalo, Thabo Matlaba, Thuso Phala, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, Lehlohonolo Majoro.

Cape Verde: Josimar Vozinha, Fernando Varela, Elvis Babanco, Neves Nando, Luis Platini, Tony Varela, Santos Nivaldo, Marco Soares, Ramos Nhuck, Ryan Mendes, Taveres Carlitos.

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Thakatha Level 1
Pirates n Sundowns yenzeni kuwe, u want to settle a score with our National Team Nxaaa.

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Thakatha Level 1
Lamadodi eSAFA ashiya uKompela no Mashaba 4 leDodi yawo uGodisende. Kusekuncane lokhu kukhulu kuyeza.

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Duke323 Level 2
The national team is unsupportable ,,,if Iniesta and Xavi can do it for club and country why not Jali and Manyisa thus a recognised midfield that has won so much, yet the coach opted for players that dont even click at all. Please coach stop selecting only Chiefs players, Myeni , Jele, Klate deserve to be there and it wont be such a bad idea to include Segolela for his pace . Mxm Garden Eager ......u made a nice point my brother but u blundrd wth myeni..thts a cow thts not even BB material.

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Duke323 Level 2
Thrs no wayz we can have creativity wth KG still in da line up..manyisa,letsholenyane,tsha balal,phala,parker and mphela xuld start..introduce.serero,lerato and eithr rantie or majoro in 2nd half..

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iamHotspur Level 1
YA, SO WHERE ARE THE SEYDOU KEITA'S, CHRIS KATONGO'S AND DIDIER DROGBA'S OF BAFANA BAFANA??? NON EXISTENT ... WE HAVE 3RD DIVISION AVERAGE PLAYERS.. FINISH KLAAR

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bucz4lyf09 Level 1
Dear Garden Ingcowsend For the past two years kaizer Chiefs has won nothing but witnessed a lot of funerals, but it’s a shame that you expect them to win AFCON, dig a whole Gordon, go ahead, bury yourself. The kaizer chiefs funeral plan will provide the casket. Regards Once a pirate always a pirate.

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maswati1swati Level 1
ok . now that GI tried his favourites and failed , please lets try Rantie and mphela on wed with manyisa replacing KG .

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simba468 Level 1
bafana lack creativity behind the strickers ..we need sme1 who can stablise the game coz if we contitue plyin lyk we did wi gan expose the no gud attckers lyk o majoro....its time to bring teko modise .....

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Gamaldinho Level 3
The national team is unsupportable ,,,if Iniesta and Xavi can do it for club and country why not Jali and Manyisa thus a recognised midfield that has won so much, yet the coach opted for players that dont even click at all. Please coach stop selecting only Chiefs players, Myeni , Jele, Klate deserve to be there and it wont be such a bad idea to include Segolela for his pace . Mxm Garden Eager Sende

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T-Man_Bucs Level 1
Shabba is a waste, no wonder he failed trials at 4th Division team overseas, he was the weakest link

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kgwara10 Level 3
Stupids will blame khumalo,khune and dikgacoi for draw. Y don't u blame yeye for not supplying the strikers? U want to make us believe in wrong way bcz we might chase wrong players which i think we did previous times. U want to influence others bcz u are many chiefs fans to be against khumalo and dikgacoi so u can accommodate yo playes? We won't go anyway bcz of this type nonsense.

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ChiefMpfuxelelo Level 1
So this: show your mantle and discuss football with some insightful analysis than your mediocre spitting. Be the change you want to see. Let those who celebrate their players do so and act differently yourself.

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maeli56 Level 1
" i dnt care bwt national team but i care bwt my team in greece" said khumalo afta showin the public a middle finger

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El_kasico Level 4
When is this afcon coming 2 n end kante! Nna iv had enuf already. . .

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Vaphi Level 5
U were celebrating ur dominance so what...

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