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Apr 20, 2017 02:30 PM


#TBT – Remember When Masinga Booked Our Ticket To France In 1998?

It's Thursday, and Supporters Club takes you down memory lane once again. Today, we take you back to the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Congo.

Bafana Bafana needed to win that encounter for them to qualify for what was going to be their first ever participation in the world showpiece, the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

The game was played on 16 August 1997 at a fully packed FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. The determination from Bafana Bafana players could be seen when they came out of the tunnel led by their skipper, Neil "Mokoko" Tovey.

The FNB was buzzing and the two teams didn't disappoint. Bafana pushed forward, trying to get a goal from the start. It was in the 16th minute of the game when Chippa Masinga received a pass from Doctor Khumalo and unleashed a thunderbolt from just outside the box into the roof of the net. 1-0 to Bafana, and it stayed that way until half-time.

In the second half, Congo came out firing on all cylinders, but were shut out by a resolute Bafana defence. South Africa regained momentum midway through the second stanza and started asking questions again, but squandered a few goalscoring opportunities.

The referee blew the final whistle at the end of 90 minutes, much to the delight of Bafana coach Clive Barker, who became famous for his airplane goal celebration. The scoreline read: Bafana Bafana 1-0 Congo. South Africa were through to the FIFA World Cup in France the following year (1998).

What memories do you have of that game?

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mercedece Joined: 03 May 2011
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mercedece Apr 21, 2017 10:41 AM
I wish kappa can release a limited edition of that jersey, I would buy it for R1000. This is one team I supported with all my heart.
Joey Negro Joined: 17 Dec 2014
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Joey Negro Apr 21, 2017 09:40 AM
It was a pretty awsome goal, i still remeber that Saturday as if it was like yesterday.......
Daniel Madenza Kutumela Joined: 26 Feb 2015
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Daniel Madenza Kutumela Apr 21, 2017 07:45 AM
That goal scored by Masinga wa named Siyaya France.
Vongani vs dunudunu/rats Joined: 17 Feb 2017
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Vongani vs dunudunu/rats Apr 20, 2017 10:47 PM
then safa ,,fired clive barker,,and got jomo for afcon follow by that popaye in the world cup,,,safa,,wont improve akere
kc-inferno Joined: 03 Feb 2014
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kc-inferno Apr 20, 2017 07:24 PM
A day to remember indeed. I'm just thinking just a year before that the same DK served substitute Mark Williams in the afcon final against Tunisia when the score was @ 0-0 the entire 1st half. Mzansi used to have geniuses on the field of play. The last real one I saw in the psl was 'scara' Ngobese. That for me, and a good striker is what we've always lacked.
MacDaddie Joined: 09 Feb 2014
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MacDaddie Apr 20, 2017 04:24 PM
What a day for the SADC region

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