Bafana Bafana has maintained their unbeaten record against Mozambique after they ran out two nil (2-0) winners in an international friendly match played on Tuesday, 11 September 2012 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.
This was South Africa’s second match in four days. They lost one nil to Brazil on Friday, 7 September in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Goals from Bernard Parker on either side of the break ensured victory for the home side.
South Africa and Mozambique had met on three previous occasions – two friendly matches in 1995 and 2008, and a Cosafa Cup clash in 2001. Bafana Bafana won 3-2, 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.
In Mbombela South Africa started where they left off against Brazil and got the first goal in the seventh minute.
Head coach Gordon Igesund made three chances to the starting line-up that took on Brazil – bringing in goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs for Itumeleng Khune; Reneilwe Letsholonyane for Kagisho Dikgacoi and Parker for Dino Ndlovu.
They created several scoring chances but were unable to convert them.
Igesund made several changes in the second half to give other players a run – handing out two caps in the process.
May Mahlangu came on for Thulani Serero, George Maluleka for Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bevan Fransman for Bongani Khumalo and Thabo Matlaba for Siphiwe Tshabalala.
Thamsanqa Gabuza earned his first cap for Bafana Bafana when he replaced Lerato Chabangu, so did Kamohelo Mokotjo who took Dean Furman’s place.
The second goals came in the 88 th minute after a well-worked move to give Igesund his first win for Bafana Bafana in two matches.
“There were a lot of positives as this was a very difficult ten days for us, especially with all the travelling. This was a very good result for the players and they worked hard for it. I also had a chance to play some of the youngsters. Overall I am very pleased and proud of the performance but I am the first to admit there is still a lot of work to be done,” said Igesund.
“My aim is to have this team ready for 2013 Afcon and we seem to be on the right direction. Had we been more composed in the area we could have scored more goals. The players really enjoyed themselves, but at the end of the day we won and that is the pleasing part.”
Bafana Bafana’s next match is an international friendly match away to Poland next month.
This is how they lined up:
Moeneeb Josephs, Siboniso Gaxa, Siyabonga Sangweni, Bongani Khumalo (C) (Fransman), Punch Masenamela, Siphiwe Tshabalala (Matlaba), Dean Furman (Mokotjo), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Maluleka), Thulani Serero (Mahlangu), Bernard Parker, Lerato Chabangu (Gabuza)
Itumeleng Khune, Thamsanqa Gabuza, Wayne Sandilands, Eric Mathoho, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Thabo Matlaba, Kgosietsile Ntlhe, Katlego Mashego, Bevan Fransman, May Mahlangu
Logomale, Joao Mazive, Maculuve, Pamarra, Jumisse, Pilale, H Pelembe, Alberto, Chiluvane, Lobo, Zainadine Junior