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Segolela Double Sinks Lesotho

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Result: Lesotho 0-2 Bafana

Date: 2 June 2013

Venue: Setsoto Stadium

Tlou Segolela struck in each half to hand Bafana Bafana a comfortable 2-0 win over Lesotho in an international friendly match on Sunday.

The South Africans started the game on the front foot but they took some time to settle on the artificial pitch and adjust to the windy conditions.

The visitors had the first chance of the game when Bernard Parker met a cross at the far post but he couldn't get enough power on his effort as the goalkeeper made a simple save just 10 minutes in.

Katlego Mashego went close a minute later when he was played in behind the defence but he scuffed his shot narrowly wide of the post.

With the wind pushing Bafana forward, Oupa Manyisa went for a long-range strike and it dipped just over the crossbar.

Chances then dried up slightly as Lesotho put in some crunching tackles, and were lucky to escape red cards on a few occasions.

Eric Mathoho just missed out on getting the right kind of contact onto a ball in from a corner as it bounced wide on the half-hour mark.

Bernard Parker was then unlucky to see his free-kick bounce off the underside of the crossbar two minutes later. The ball bounced back off the line and Mashego's follow-up header was brilliantly kept out by Kholuoe Phasumane.

Lesotho finally came to life in the dying minutes of the half and saw Thulo Ranchobe force Wayne Sandilands into his first save in the 39th minute before the Sundowns stopper had to keep out a header from the same player soon after. Ranchobe had one more chance with a long-range strike that sailed just over.

The game looked destined to head into the break locked at 0-0 but Segolela popped up in the dying seconds to tap in a cross from Siphiwe Tshabalala to give them the lead, though there seemed to be a hint of offside in the goal.

As coach Gordon Igesund had revealed before the game, changes would be made at the break with Daine Klate, Tefu Mashamaite and Senzo Meyiwa coming on, while Tebogo Langerman replaced Ricardo Nunes later on.

Bafana continued to dictate possession and Segolela would double their tally with a brilliant strike into the bottom corner after the goalkeeper failed to hold onto a cross from Klate.

Parker should have made it 3-0 in the 67th minute but his dinked effort over the goalkeeper was slowed by the wind and Lesotho cleared.

The hosts looked to try and produce a strong finish and Katleho Moleko let rip with a stunning strike from outside the area which rattled the crossbar.

South Africa were then given another warning when Nkau Lerotholi smashed his strike against the post with Meyiwa beaten and the follow-up was blocked.

Chances were slow in coming in the final few minutes as the game became bogged down in midfield. Parker was released deep into stoppage time but his touch around the goalkeeper was too heavy and it sailed out of play.

Bafana will now turn their attention to crunch 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Central African Republic (CAR) and Ethiopia.

Lesotho: Kholuoe Phasumane, Thabo Maswalle, Bokang Mathoana, Noitheri Ntobo, Tlali Maple, Ralekoti Mokhaihane, Matlalepula Mofolo, Thulo Ranchobe, Litsepe Marabe, Mabuti Potlaoame, Tsapo Lekhooman.

Bafana: Wayne Sandilands, Anele Ngcongca, Ricardo Nunes, Eric Mathoho, Thabo Nthethe, Tlou Segolela, Dean Furman, Oupa Manyisa, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, Katlego Mashego.

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