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Kekana Stunner Wins It For Bafana

African Nations Championship

Result: South Africa 3-1 Mozambique

Date: 11 January 2014

Venue: Cape Town Stadium

South Africa beat Mozambique 3-1 at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening in the opening game of the CHAN Tournament.

Bafana controlled most of the possession but it was Mozambique who scored first through Diogo, before a Bernard Parker penalty drew things level.

Hlompho Kekana's stunning long range effort in the second-half proved to be the winner, before Parker wrapped it up with ten minutes to go with his second goal.

Parker's brace takes him to 21 overall for Bafana, now two behind Katlego Mphela, who is South Africa's third highest scorer.

Gordon Igesund started with debutant Thato Mokeke, before bringing on two more players for their first caps, Lindokuhle Mbatha and Asavela Mbekile.

In the eighth minute Kito tried a long range effort for Mozambique, but his shot was never on target and went wide to the left.

A minute later Bernard Parker tried a shot from just outside the area, but it lacked power and went straight to Soarito in goal.

In the 11th minute Mozambique grabbed the lead when Diogo took a shot from outside the area, and it deflected off Thato Mokeke and beat Itumeleng Khune in goal.

In the 13th minute Lerato Chabangu tried a shot from the edge of the area, but it was deflected out for a corner.

A minute later Parker’s attempted header from a Katlego Mashego cross went over the goal.

In the 18th minute Sibusiso Vilakazi had a chance with his head, but his attempt was well saved by Soarito.

In the 26th minute Mashego tried from a set piece on the edge of the area, but his shot went just wide to the right.

South Africa were awarded a penalty in the 29th minute when Vilakazi was brought down in the box.

Parker stepped up to the spot and scored in the bottom right corner to make it 1-1.

In the 36th minute Siphiwe Tshabalala delivered a great square ball to Mashego, but his shot hit the upright and bounced back into play.

Miro had an ambitious long range attempt in the 42nd minute, but it went wide to the left.

Diogo had a chance from the edge of the area in the 45th minute but it ballooned over, and it remained 1-1 at half-time.

Mashego had a chance in the opening minute of the second-half but Soarito did well to come off his line and save at his feet.

In the 50th minute Chabangu had a chance from in front of goal, but he took too long to take a shot and the ball was cleared as he shot.

In the 53rd minute Lanito tried a shot from the edge of the area, but it was straight at Khune.

A minute later Diogo tried from long range, but his shot was off target and went wide to the right.

Hlompho Kekana made it 2-1 to South Africa with an absolutely stunning long range effort in the 58th minute, with Soarito having no chance at saving a powerful swerving shot.

Kekana's goal seemed to break the spirit of the Mozambique team, and Bafana began to pile on the pressure.

Tshabalala had a chance in the 72nd minute, but his shot from the edge of the area went straight to Soarito, who gathered the ball at the second attempt.

Three minutes later Kito tried a long range shot but Khune made a good save to deny Mozambique an equaliser.

Man of the Match Parker made it 3-1 in the 82nd minute, as Tshabalala set him up and he blasted his shot in at the near post past Soarito to seal the result.

This is how they started:

South Africa: Itumeleng Khune, Thato Mokeke, Bryce Moon, Thabo Nthethe, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Hlompho Kekana, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Sibusisio Vilakazi, Lerato Chabangu, Katlego Mashego, Bernard Parker

Mozambique: Soarito, Monis, Khan, Chico II, Miro, Josimar, Alvarito, Kito, Diogo, Sonito, Lanito

Watch: Highlights From The Game

Kekana: We’ll Die For The Team

Kekana Stunner Wins It For Bafana

Kekana: Lots Of Emotions At Play

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