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Makola Debut Goal Hands Bafana Victory

Nelson Mandela Challenge

Score: Bafana Bafana 1-0 Senegal

Date: 08 September 2015

Venue: Orlando Stadium

Mpho Makola scored on debut to hand Bafana Bafana a 1-0 win over Senegal in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at the Orlando Stadium.

The opening 20 minutes proved to be a cagey affair, as neither side showed any ambition of getting an early goal.

Bafana's best chance in the opening exchanges came via long range effort from Mpho Makloa, while Thamsanqa Gabuza had a penalty appeal turned down by the referee.

The home side were presented with an opening from a set piece in the 32nd minute but debutant, Mpho Makola, curled his free-kick just wide of the upright.

Itumeleng Khune came to Bafana's rescue in the 35th minute, as the shot-stopper pulled off a fine save to keep out Diafra Sakho's free-kick, which was destined for the top corner.

The hosts nearly broke the deadlock just before the halftime break, but Ndiaye did well to deflect Thamsanqa Gabuza's close range effort onto the crossbar, while the Senegalese goalkeeper tipped the striker's curling effort away a few minutes later.

Senegal substitute goalkeeper, Lys Gomis, had to be at his best in the 53rd minute, as he pulled off a stunning stop to deny Sibusiso Vilakazi from 12-yards out.

Bafana should have gone ahead in the 54th minute when Andile Jali played Vilakazi through on goal, however the Bidvest Wits midfielder managed to place his effort wide of the mark with only Gomis to beat.

Mashaba's men eventually broke the deadlock in the 78th minute as debutant, Mpho Makola, curled home a wonderful effort from 25-yards out.

Gomis came to Senegal's rescue once again in the 80th minute, as he got down well to deny Gabuza from the edge of the area.

The visitors nearly leveled matters in the 87th minute, as Sadio Mane showed great control, before seeing his low effort palmed away by Khune.

Bafana managed to see off a late surge from the Senegalese, including a powerful effort from Pape Souare, to secure the win and the Nelson Mandela Challenge title.

Here's how they lined up:

Bafana Bafana: Itumeleng Khune (c), Anele Ngcongca, Clayton Daniels, Muzi Mashaba, Siyabonga Nhlapho, Andile Jali, Bongani Zungu, Mpho Makola, Daylon Claasen, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Thamsanqa Gabuza.

Senegal: Ndiaye, Cissokho, Touré, Mbodj, Mbengue, Diawandou Diagne, Badji, Alioune Ndiaye, Mané, Konaté, Sakho

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