Register Login Scores

Bafana

Tau & Zungu Lead Bafana To Scrappy Win

2022 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier

Result: South Africa 2-0 São Tomé e Príncipe

Date: 13 November 2020

Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium

Bafana Bafana moved three points behind Group C leaders Ghana after claiming a scrappy 2-0 win over São Tomé e Príncipe on Friday evening.

Click through the gallery above to see action from Bafana's win over Sao Tome.

Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki brought back the tried and tested, as only Thulani Hlatshwayo, Themba Zwane and Percy Tau remained in the line-up from the side that lost against Zambia last month.

The hosts had an early chance to take the lead in the sixth minute after Zwane floated a teasing cross to the near post but Lebogang Manyama glanced his header over the bar.

The visitors goalkeeper Aldair D'Almeida almost gifted Bafana the opener in the 19th minute after he spilled the ball into the path of Tau, who was unable to profit after misplacing his pass towards Manyama, who was free in the box.

The visitors were threatening to break the deadlock in the latter stages of the first stanza with quick counter-attacks through the wings and Edmilson Viegas came the closest six minutes before the break after he timed his run well at the back post chasing a cross but he guided his header over the bar.

Ntseki's charges were fired up after the break and they were given a lifeline ten minutes inside the second stanza after being awarded penalty for a foul on Tau, who took responsibility against substitute shot-stopper Taty Nilson who had just come on and made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Zwane should have doubled the lead for South Africa in the 63rd minute with a glancing header that missed the gaping ne, but the Sao Tome and Principe goalkeeper redeemed himself four minutes later after denying Keagan Dolly the second goal with a trailing leg in a one-on-one situation.

The islanders had a strong penalty appeal in the last 11 minutes after a long cross appeared to hit Manyama's arm in the box but the referee was not persuaded.

Second-half substitute Bongani Zungu secured the three points for Bafana with the second goal in the last minute after heading home a corner by Dolly.

As a result, South Africa remain in second place in Group C, three points behind leaders Ghana. Meanwhile, Sao Tome sit bottom without a win in three matches.

Here's how they lined up:

South Africa: Williams, Morena, Maela, Lebusa, Hlatshwayo (C), Furman, Mokotjo, Manyama, Zwane, Dolly, Percy Tau.

Subs: Keet, Khune, Dube, Lakay, Madisha, De Reuck, Zungu, Singh, Mokoena, Kutumela, Pule, Nodada, Sithebe.

81 comments

Top 5

Comitis: I Don't See Chiefs Getting Special Treatment

131 Dec 03, 2021 10:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Managers Who’ve Already Been Sacked This Season

Nov 08, 2021 12:26 PM in English Premier League

Insider Reveals Extent Of Chiefs’ Covid Ward

66 Dec 03, 2021 11:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

7 Players Xavi Could Get Rid Of At Barca

4 Nov 09, 2021 01:26 PM in LaLiga

Bucs Qualify For CCC Without Kicking A Ball

43 Dec 03, 2021 08:13 AM in Orlando Pirates

Finally! FIFA Respond To SAFA Complaint

132 Dec 03, 2021 04:29 PM in Bafana

Hazard Receives Shock Transfer Offer

3 Dec 05, 2021 11:25 AM in LaLiga

Insider Reveals Extent Of Chiefs’ Covid Ward

66 Dec 03, 2021 11:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Latest Update On Chiefs Vs City Fixture...

108 Dec 04, 2021 11:56 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Comitis: I Don't See Chiefs Getting Special Treatment

131 Dec 03, 2021 10:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

31 Covid Cases, Chiefs Want 4 Games Postponed!  

123 Dec 03, 2021 06:31 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

BREAKING! All The Ballon d'Or Nominees Revealed

5 Oct 08, 2021 06:33 PM in Ballon d’Or

Pirates Promise Four January ‘Signings’

19 Dec 03, 2021 03:02 PM in Orlando Pirates

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

25 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Precedent Set, Chiefs To Be Denied?

64 Dec 03, 2021 02:12 PM in Kaizer Chiefs