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Norway Stun Bafana

Norway Stun Bafana

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797 / / Jan 08, 2013 09:30 PM
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International Friendly

Result: Bafana 0-1 Norway

Date: 8 January 2013

Venue: Cape Town Stadium

Bafana Bafana failed to produce a confident performance with the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations just around the corner as they went down 1-0 to a young Norway side at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday night.

South Africa stuttered through large portions of the game as they struggled to break down a plucky Norway, who were quick to close down the ball all over the park.

After failing to hold onto the ball in the opening 10 minutes, Bafana would arguably create their best chance of the half when Reneilwe Letsholonyane slipped the ball to Katlego Mphela who turned brilliantly but saw his low shot kept out by the goalkeeper.

Bjorn Helge Riise then saw his grass-cutter from outside the area stopped unconvincingly by Itumeleng Khune who gathered the ball on the second attempt.

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund was furious on the sidelines after Siphiwe Tshabalala and Thuso Phala had switched places on the flanks.

After Phala returned back on the right, he fizzed a dangerous low cross into the six yard area which was parried by the goalkeeper. Letsholonyane got the rebound but couldn't scramble it home.

The goalkeeper would turn a strike around the post soon after before Norway grabbed a shock lead. The Bafana defenders watched on as Tarik Elyounoussi danced across the centre-backs before firing past Khune.

Mphela wasted a glorious chance to draw level moments later when Lerato Chabangu curled a perfect pass into the middle and the Mamelodi Sundowns man fluffed his attempted lob as the ball fell into the grateful goalkeeper's arms.

The hosts made a bright start to the second-half with Phala slipping Tokelo Rantie through but the goalkeeper made the save and Phala's scuffed shot on the follow up was cleared by the defenders

Elyounoussi then had a shot blocked before Phala put another dangerous ball in which Thulani Serero poked at goal but the goalkeeper made a brave sliding block.

Siyabonga Sangweni glanced a header just wide from a free-kick with 10 minutes to go as Bafana tried to turn up the pressure.

Phala should have equalised when he latched onto a cutback from Serero but he blazed over when it seemed easier to hit the target.

Bafana were frustrated by the visitors in the final few minutes as Norway ran down the clock and ensured that South Africa started 2013 with a loss.

Bafana: Itumeleng Khune, Tshepo Masilela, Bongani Khumalo, Siyabonga Sangweni, Anele Ngcongca, Lerato Chabangu, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Thuso Phala, Katlego Mphela.

Norway: Rune Almenning Jarstein, Espen Ruud, Kim Andre Madsen, Frederik Semb Berge, Lars Christopher Vilsvik, Ardian Gashi, Tarik Elyounoussi, Bjorn Helge Riise, Erik Huseklepp, Ruben Jenssen, Alexander Soderlund.

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penouza Level 1
sangweni is da best,no matter what

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Soweto_Giant Level 1
Sangweni lmao what a defender.

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Zersto Level 1
Thnk GI is a gud coach , has proved himself over the years wining elite trophy , the ever sort after , with dfrnt clubs , som of whch u wud nevr thnk of thm wining it . The likes of rangrs santos he tuk swalws frm relegation Zone to fightng 4 # 1 spot ! Bt u wondr wht cud hv gon wrong wth u , u hd a wide variety of player to choose frm? Plyrs u wud only drim of havn in ur squad bt wht do we get frm u?this was a gift 4 u to retire a LEGEND ! Bt u hv messed it up urslf !Js lost it man,u duing wht pitso did 2us , hv favorites n tht hs blinded folded u n the nation !Hu did u wnt to prove wrng?u duin exatly what pereira did ka 2010 living mccathy becos he wanted to prove he wl du witht hm n he failed nw ! After afcon js call it quits !

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Ezimnyama_madoda Level 5
the truth is,without any prejudice or favouritism that the only central midfield pairing that may work is that of Manyisa and Jali. This is a tried and tested combination that will not only provide cover for the back four,it will also provide creativity and ball domination from the midfied. All around the world,teams that dominate their domestic league have the most selected players in their respective national teams,especially for major tournaments.''South Africa's finest is weak and leaky''-Tarik Elyounoussi

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Ezimnyama_madoda Level 5
the truth is,without any prejudice or favouritism that the only central midfield pairing that may work is that of Manyisa and Jali. This is a tried and tested combination that will not only provide cover for the back four,it will also provide creativity and ball domination from the midfied. All around the world,teams that dominate their domestic league have the most selected players in their respective national teams,especially for major tournaments.

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lalo Level 1
GORDONMUSTGO

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Shuzi25 Level 5
Cowdon icowsend n chipz fans r in denial abt shabba. He's off - form. Dey wil pay a heavy price 4 bein so ignorant, bafana bachipz wil lose afcon, gi wil lose his job n chipz wil lose d lig. U may run 2 d stats bt he's stil off - form.

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John_Paul Level 4
When last did u see Bafana score with Shabba offield n dnt tl me about tht penalty

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Somandla Level 3
laf' elihle madoda. Only patriotism wil kip us supporting our beloved squad. Bt playing the lyks of phala, kg, masilela and also playing 30 yr olds wil nt take us anywher. 2014 is nw less than 365days away!

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Nasir13 Level 1
AFCON was to be a very nice tournament without Bafana Bazebra.

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khosification.aka.pddy Level 2
@blacks what will you be hoping for if u can drop a player of yeye and shabbas calibre ? Bafana problems only lies @the back and upfront. I miss Teko though in that midfield bcz I don't think May is gonna offer us as much as Teko would have due to the lack of experience and visionary.

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Black_Pearl Level 1
khosification nyawana.yeye and the likes who have been in this ever improving bafunny squad should be terminated

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khosification.aka.pddy Level 2
Siyabonga sangweni should be droped from that bafana squad with immediate effect, he's a liability.

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Duke323 Level 2
I thght ppl wll mature in soccer wth tym bt our fellows still soccr vergins..our defence has been a mes frm pass games n evn now cz of tht khumalo boy..our central mdfield aint got a tough ball winner,tht kagiso boy is usels,we nidd jali..GI xuld sort his pride n get the boys back.I wll b happy whn our BB plyrs be."khune",ronwen,kit;"jele",g axa,anele,"gould","sangweni",m athoho,"masilela",matlaba,clas een,"jali","manyisa","letshole nyane","serero","parker",ranti e,majoro,"mphela",phala..cotd beng our line up.

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Betros Level 2
Does it realy metter?I will like 2 look beyond 2013 AFCON,my wish is 2 see more of young guys.OUT with Shaba,Yeye,Siya,KG,Mphele,Gaxa , and other old cats and in with the likes of R.Mphahlela,D.Mampuru,A.Jali,G .Maluleka,M.Pattison,Masalesa, Lebese,Masango,Ndulula,Khumalo ,Manzini and so on

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