World Cup Qualifier
Result: CAR 0-3 Bafana
Date: 8 June 2013
Bafana Bafana recorded an impressive 3-0 win in their crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Central African Republic on Saturday.
The game was played at a neutral venue in Cameroon due to political unrest in the CAR but it was Bafana who looked composed and made the most of their chances.
The South Africans took just 26 minutes to take the advantage in the game when Bernard Parker rattled the back of the net. Siphiwe Tshabalala sliced the defence open with a pass for Parker who raced onto it and poked it through the legs of the goalkeeper who had rushed out.
Bafana continued to press as they looked to kill off CAR's fight and went close in the 40th minute when Reneilwe Letsholonyane was played in with a ball over the top but the on-rushing goalkeeper managed to slide the ball clear.
South Africa's pressure would pay off just moments later though when Tshabalala played a one-two at the edge of the area to burst through and he calmly skipped around the goalkeeper before rolling his finish into the empty net.
Bafana went close to adding a third just moments after the break when Parker got some space but his shot was well saved by the goalkeeper.
CAR looked to turn up the heat though and enjoyed some good possession but after twice lifting the ball over the South African defence, their touches were poor and the alert Itumeleng Khune prevented shots on goal.
Eric Mathoho was superb in the air as he snuffed out chances from set-pieces while coach Gordon Igesund brought in Oupa Manyisa and Katlego Mashego around the hour mark - before giving Thandani Ntshumayelo a late run.
Bafana looked to be comfortably running down the clock but the Premier Soccer League's top goalscorer this season, Mashego, would cap off an impressive win when he nodded in Oupa Manyisa's cross at the start of stoppage time.
South Africa will now be looking to move to the top of Group A should they manage a victory away in Ethiopia next week.
Bafana: Itumeleng Khune, Anele Ngcongca, Ricardo Nunes, Thabo Nthethe, Eric Mathoho, Dean Furman, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala, May Mahlangu, Bernard Parker, Tokelo Rantie.