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Result: Swaziland 1-3 Bafana Bafana

Date: 25 March 2015

Venue: Somhlolo Stadium

Goals from Thulani Hlatshwayo, Thabo Mnyamane and Mandla Masango handed Bafana Bafana a 3-1 win over Swaziland at the Somhlolo Stadium.

Read: SAFA: Bafana Game Was Live, Now Not!

Itumeleng Khune was drafted back into the starting line-up, while FC Twente midfielder, Kamohelo Mokotjo, was also handed a starting berth.

Shakes Mashaba's side started the stronger of the two sides, although they failed to create any openings in the final third.

Swaziland, meanwhile, had the first effort at goal in the 18th minute when Tony Tsabedze tried his luck, but his strike failed to trouble Khune.

The hosts managed to find their feet in the closing stages of the half and went close when Lukhele fired just over the crossbar.

Mashaba decided to make one change just before the break, as he brought on Siphelele Ntshangase for his Bafana debut, replacing Lehlohonolo Majoro,  while Jackson Mabokgwane replaced Itumeleng Khune at halftime.

The second half got off to a perfect start, as captain Thulani Hlatshwayo headed home a set-piece in the 51st minute.

The lead was doubled a minute later, as Mnyamane collected a pass from Thulani Serero before firing past Mphikeleli Dlamini.

Mashaba made a few more changes as the half went on, bringing on Mandla Masango and Jabulani Shongwe.

Bafana were almost in trouble when Mabokgwane went down injured, and with no other goalkeepers on the bench, Mabokgwane had no option but to remain on the field.

Minutes later, the home side managed to reduce the deficit in the 65th minute courtesy of a strike from Felix Badenhorst, who has attracted interest from Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.

Masango added a third and sealed the win for Bafana in the closing stages, moments after a recovered Mabokgwane pulled off a couple saves.

Here's how they line up:

Bafana Bafana: Itumeleng Khune (GK), Thapelo Morena, Thabo Matlaba, Thulani Hlatshwayo (c), Daniel Cardoso, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Cole Alexander, Thulani Serero, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Ayanda Patosi, Thabo Mnyamane 

Swaziland: Dlamini, Mabila, Mkhweli, Mdluli, Dlamini, Ndlovu, Sibandze, Lukhele, Dlamini, Badenhorst, Tsabedze


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