Bafana Out To Extend Unbeaten Run V Swaziland
Bafana Bafana will be looking to keep their unbeaten record intact when they take on neighbours Swaziland in the COSAFA Cup semi-final on Wednesday afternoon.
Since 2000, the two teams have met on six occasions, with South Africa claiming five wins, drawing one and losing none.Swaziland on the other hand have conceded a whopping 13 goals in the process and only scored two.
Here's a brief look at the head-to-head record between the two teams:
2000 - South Africa 2-0 Swaziland COSAFA Castle Cup
Delron Buckley netted a first half brace in the quarter-finals to see off the Swazis and book a semi-final spot for Bafana.
2002 - South Africa 4-1 Swaziland COSAFA Castle Cup
On route to winning their first COSAFA Cup title under Shakes Mashaba, the South Africans hammered Swaziland, with Teboho Mokoena netting two goals, before a Jabu Pule penalty. The Swazis managed to get one through Siza Dlamini but Stanton Fredericks completed the rout in the 89th minute.
2006 - South Africa 1-0 Swaziland COSAFA Castle Cup
Bafana claimed a narrow 1-0 win over Swaziland in the semi-finals of the competition through a first half strike by Benson Mhlongo, sending the South Africans through to the final. Unfortunately, they fell at the last hurdle, losing 6-5 on penalties to Botswana.
2007 - South Africa 0-0 Swaziland International friendly
Despite countless chances created in this tie, no team was able to find the back of the net as it ended in a stalemate.
2013 - Swaziland 0-3 South Africa International friendly
South Africa were at it again, thumping Swaziland thanks to goals from former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Mamelodi Sundowns duo Bongani Zungu and Thabo Nthethe.
2015 - Swaziland 1-3 South Africa International friendly
The last time these two sides met played out no different as Bafana dominated proceedings once again in the away tie at the Somhlolo National Stadium. Bidvest Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo, University of Pretoria attacker Thabo Mnyamane and Randers FC’s Mandla Masango were all on target before reported Chiefs target
Felix Badenhorst pulled one back for the home side.
Having already been at the helm of the Swazi national team between 2008 and 2010, Mashaba will hope for another victory against his former charges as they look to reclaim the COSAFA title.