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Rodrigues' Double Damages Bafana's WC Chances

2018 World Cup Qualifier Report: Bafana Bafana v Cape Verde 05 September 2017

By Soccer Laduma - Sep 05, 2017 09:03 PM

2018 World Cup Qualifier

Result: Bafana Bafana 1-2 Cape Verde

Date: 05 September 2017

Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium

Cape Verde outwitted Bafana Bafana in their own backyard to earn a vital 2-1 victory which sees them leapfrog Stuart Baxter's men in Group D.

Early pressure from the hosts saw Hlompho Kekana try one of his famous long range strikes after seven minutes but the Sundowns man’s effort went slightly wide of the target.

Bafana showed their attacking intent soon after as Bradley Grobler played in strike partner Tokelo Rantie, but the latter squandered a good chance to put his team in front.

Cape Verde played a quick corner and Ryan Mendes nearly caught out Wayne Sandilands with a speculative effort which sailed just over the bar. Mendes was again making a menace of himself but saw his tame effort easily dealt with by Sandilands.

A golden opportunity fell for Grobler in the opposition’s small box but his free header failed to trouble Josimar Dias in the Cape Verde goal in what was the last chance of the half. 

Great interplay between Themba Zwane and Tokelo Rantie placed Rantie in a good position to have a shot at goal and he did just that, but the ball went just wide as the score remained goalless at the halftime break.

The visitors took the lead on the stroke of the 50th minute with a beautifully struck free-kick by Garry Rodrigues to silence the home crowd.

The Islanders were spurred on by their advantage while the hosts seemed out of ideas and were punished again by an outrageous long range strike from Rodrigues to double his team’s lead in the 64th minute.

With Bafana trailing, Baxter introduced the likes of Andile Jali a minute later, before Percy Tau was introduced in the 77th minute.

Baxter’s men were on the back foot for most of the second half but a late surge from the home side saw them pull one back through a deflected Andile Jali effort in the 88th minute.

It was a little too late as the visitors held Bafana off to collect maximum points and complete the double over their opponents.

Here's how they lined up:

Bafana: Sandilands, Gould, Hlatshwayo, Hlanti, Mphahlele, Furman, Kekana (Tau 77'), Zwane (Manyama 56'), Dolly, Grobler (Jali 64'), Rantie.

Cape Verde: Dias, Almeida, Pereira, Rodrigues Dos Santos, Da Druz, Soares, Rocha, Rodrigues, Mendes, Tavares.

 


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Mxolisingongoma Joined: 26 May 2015
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Mxolisingongoma Sep 08, 2017 01:31 PM
@indidane "Did Sandilands bring Baxter''? I am just correcting you.
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sera Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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sera Sep 07, 2017 11:03 AM
Mr Baxter take your Quirton Fortune and go with him back to UK. You both stupid useless coaches to earn our hard earned millions per month.
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mbulelotommy7@gmail.com Joined: 10 Apr 2015
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mbulelotommy7@gmail.com Sep 06, 2017 05:53 PM
Our country has always found a way of trying to blame people for our failures. We have changed couches for the past 6 World Cup & Africa cup of Nation qualifiers but never have I heard that the likes of Danny Jordan and the whole SAFA committee had been changed after Bafana has failed to qualify for a big competition encounter, we all know that Baxter,Pitso,Mashaba, etc are great coaches but are never given the opportunity to change the current approach of couching these models. When Zimbabwe & Zambia plays Teams up in Africa the players hunger of winning is way different from what we see from our players representing the squad. SAFA's current board must fall not the couch
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Mdz5 Sep 06, 2017 02:15 PM
Thank you very much GARRY RODRIGUEZ but u mst knw that you have started the Baxter must fall song
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afrikaanse Sep 06, 2017 02:08 PM
LET THIS COACH GO
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afrikaanse Sep 06, 2017 02:03 PM
@ZZ2 vs Papa charles YOU CRAZY WENA
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Sep 06, 2017 11:45 AM
Lets giv baxter a chance as we do 2 komphela otherwyz we're going no where
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Nteoooo Sep 06, 2017 11:18 AM
Wa Senza Senzo since you died we have been unable to qualify in an tournament.
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Morcon Sep 06, 2017 11:12 AM
SAFA is a Joke, If you think Pitso was a bad coach for Bafana, Gordon was a bad coach for Bafana, Mashaba was a bad coach for Bafana or Baxter is a bad coach then you don’t understand football, SAFA should not have fired Mashaba at that crucial stage of the world cup qualifiers and bring on a new coach in the form of Baxter, they should have allowed him to finish what he started, SAFA is making coaching Bafana Bafana the most difficult job in the world, if I was Gavin Hunt I was not going to wish to be a Bafana Bafana coach under the current SAFA leadership, I feel sorry for poor Baxter, you should have seen his post-match interview with Marawa, when a new coach comes in to the team it doesn’t matter how good he is, he must first learn the players in order to come with best combinations and the players must learn his philosophy and it doesn’t need Sir Alex Ferguson to understand that. There was no time for both Baxter and Bafana to do that, you might go through the process while getting results like what Mashaba did when qualifying Bafana for 2015 AFCON and if that happens then you are lucky, in this case both Baxter and Bafana have the mixture of both, they were lucky to beat Nigeria and unlucky to lose to Cape Verde. Unfortunately, you cannot always depend in luck in football, you must work hard and understand how to run it, when to fire the coach and get the new one, which decision to make and when to make it, identify problem areas and come up with solutions. I think is high time that SAFA is run by former footballers, current leaders are letting the country down, Uther Zwane/Lucky Lekgwathi can do a better job than Danny Jordan. We need people who understand the challenges our country’s football is facing and who can come up with solutions than complaining about it, South Africans love football and they deserve better. What is happening between the PSL and SAFA, having domestic fixture during (CHAN & COSAFA) the tournaments that we must use to build a formidable Bafana and give our PSL players international exposure is a very big setback for SA football that have more domestic than oversea players, if the PSL is the best league with the highest standard in Africa, then let’s get best PSL players to compete for COSAFA & CHAN and beat our opponents with the average of 7 goals and build their confidence and see if it will not improve our chances of making it to big tournaments like AFCON and FIFA world cup. Doctor Khumalo, Mark Fish, Neil Tovey and Linda Buthelezi’s confidence was not build the day they beat Cameroon 3 nil or the day they beat Ghana 3 nil or the day they beat Tunisia 2 nil, it was built by winning Simba four nations. We need football leaders who can do something about it and come up with solutions, the problem has been there for too long and complaining about it is not helping us, we need solutions. If SAFA is serious about getting Bafana Bafana right, they will stop firing good coaches for stupid reasons, sort out the mess between them and the PSL (In availability of players for CHAN and COSAFA due to fixtures) and focus in development so that it doesn’t take us 30 years to replace retired goal poacher like Benni McCarthy and best defenders like Lucas Radebe. It is unfortunate that even today we are still struggling to get our football Identity, which formation best suit our players, what to expect from Bafana Bafana on the day of the game, I don’t think it should take 50 years, 10 years is enough, today we beat Mexico, tomorrow we lose to Zambia, today we beat Spain tomorrow we lose to Mauritania, today we beat Nigeria, tomorrow we lose to Cape Verde, today our players are performing with their tails high(with full of confidence), tomorrow we play like headless chickens, all because of lack of leadership. SAFA if you think you are doing a very good job the you must think again, you are doing a very good job in destroying our football.
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Taribo_Lito Sep 06, 2017 11:11 AM
Sir Baxter lost this game. His tactics were poor on the day. First of all on the first leg he could see that, the long balls over the shoulder of defenders and crosses were not effective against the oppornents but yet he opted in going about it again. I was expecting ball playing players to be involve last night. The likes of Jali, Mokrotjo with either Zungu or Kekana in that middle of the park. Have Serero, Tau and Dolly upfront with no target man. Allow those boys to move around as much as they can to engage with the short passing game. The team became more enegetic after Jali's introduction, Dolly became alive Manyama also, Rama was pumped up because Jali introduced the short passing game to unlock the Cape Verde's Defence. Khune has no competition in SA. We all need to acknowledge that. I know he is no Messaih however that boy has a special six sense that anticipate were the strikers are targeting the poles, hence he always produce superb saves when call upon
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llumadi Sep 06, 2017 11:04 AM
Breaking news Cape Verde striker Garry Rodrigues sighn 3 years contract with Orlando Pirates Fc
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djshepzaro Sep 06, 2017 10:48 AM
I know Gabuza is nt classy lyk other strikers bt it seems lyk other players benefit 4rm him ,he allows them 2 play without pressure
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djshepzaro Sep 06, 2017 10:48 AM
I know Gabuza is nt classy lyk other strikers bt it seems lyk other players benefit 4rm him ,he allows them 2 play without pressure
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Lina@2010 Sep 06, 2017 10:32 AM
Why Jali was on the bench for both Cape Verde games, why call Erasmus from France and keep hem on the bench. We were down 2-0, but instead of Erasmus, bringing midfielders Why? Baxter and your technical team, you killing our patriotism and passion for Bafana Bafana
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Sep 06, 2017 10:30 AM
@jinks why cant we give komphela a second chance?
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CCL CHAMPS+SUPER CUP Sep 06, 2017 10:29 AM
Mr Baxter with all due respect Sir,please drop Dean Furman and play the combination of Jali & Zungu in that heart of the middle, im telling you it will work, Furman is also off form and he loses the ball cheap
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jinks Sep 06, 2017 10:28 AM
baxter must go jst chewing our money.we need a local coach.Look at Zambia how they are performing with local coach beating Algeria home and away.
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Sep 06, 2017 10:22 AM
@lungsta da V the nation is confused wht are u xpecting 4rm a confused pple?
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ZZ2 vs Papa charles Sep 06, 2017 10:20 AM
I lyk beer competion bcos fans choosed players
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xolilem123@gmail.com Sep 06, 2017 10:11 AM
Why Andile Jali,Percy Tau instead of DEAN FURMAN AND GROBLER / KEKANA, no we are going nowhere,Mhlongo can do better than Williams and Sandilands please SAFA OR Mr T Nxesi do something because Former Minister Fikile Mbalula don't like that.

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