2014 World Cup Qualifier
Result: Bafana 4-1 Botswana
Date: 7 September 2013
Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium
Bafana Bafana proved to be too strong for Botswana as they claimed a 4-1 win at the Moses Mabhida Stadium but their 2014 FIFA World Cup dream came to an end as Ethiopia won away to Central African Republic.
Kermit Erasmus had the perfect start to his Bafana career after opening the scoring in the 28th minute before Furman struck on the stroke of half-time. Botswana pulled a goal back but a late double from Parker made the result safe
Bafana were largely the better side in the opening 45 minutes, though the latter stages of the first period were a little scrappy as possession switched constantly.
The hosts started the game with real purpose and Kagisho Dikgacoi forced Platinum Stars' second choice goalkeeper Kabelo Dambe into a double save – though the Crystal Palace man should have done better.
Siphiwe Tshabalala then curled a free-kick over the crossbar from the edge of the area in the 18th minute before Dambe bravely went in to punch clear as Erasmus charged in to try and meet a Thabo Matlaba cross.
The opening goal would arrive three minutes later though as Bernard Parker flicked a corner on to the far post where Erasmus nodded the ball into the roof of the net.
Bafana were buzzing and saw Parker denied by a strong save from Dambe after a swift passing move from the home side.
The game became a little disjointed as Bafana's touches started going astray while Botswana tried to find a way back.
Bafana were not about to allow that to happen though as Furman slotted his first goal in a Bafana shirt after being played in behind and his shot came in off the inside of the post to make it 2-0.
South Africa started the second-half at pace but saw early chances fail to come to anything. Chances dried up when compared to the first-half but the game came back to life when Jerome Ramatlhakwane found the back of the net as he got his head to Khumalo's attempted clearance.
The goal gave the Zebras belief but Bafana remained composed and were rewarded with six minutes to go after Rantie had been hacked down at the edge of the area. Parker took the free-kick and curled a superb shot past the diving goalkeeper.
Bafana then completed the win late on as Daine Klate was brought down in the area with his first touch after replacing Siphiwe Tshabalala and Parker fired home from the spot.
The goal ensured that Bafana completed their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in emphatic style but in the end it was not enough.
Central African Republic had given South Africans hopes when they took the lead in the first-half but Ethiopia responded after the break to win 2-1 in their qualifier at the same time as they progressed to the play-offs.
Bafana: Itumeleng Khune, Anele Ngcongca, Bongani Khumalo, Thabo Nthethe, Thabo Matlaba, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Dean Furman, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, Kermit Erasmus, Tokelo Rantie.
Botswana: Kabelo Dambe, Mompati Thuma, Edwin Olerile, Tshepo Motlhabankwe, Mogogi Gabonamong, Ofentse Nato, Joel Mogorosi, Galabgwe Moyana, Mogakolodi Ngele, Jerome Ramatlhakwna.
Follow us on Twitter: @Soccer_Laduma