15 June 2019 – Bafana Bafana played to a goalless draw with the Black Stars of Ghana in a practice game played under ‘closed doors’ at Dubai Police Academy on Saturday, 15 June 2019.
Coach Stuart Baxter named two separate teams, one that played in first half and the other in the last 45 minutes in a bid to give every player a run ahead of the AFCON tournament scheduled to kick off next week.
Played in blazing heat, Bafana Bafana started the brighter of the two and could have taken the lead in the 2nd minute but Thulani Serero opted to pass from the edge of the box and Ghana survived.
There was very little goalmouth action in the opening stanza as the scorching heat took centre stage, although Ghana at times were threatening.
The second half was a different ball game altogether as the Bafana Bafana second side led by Lebogang Maboe was buzzing throughout the last 45 minutes and with steady shooting, could have surprised their opponents.
Coach Stuart Baxter said he was pleased with the exercise saying the team was not completely ready but was slowly getting there.
Bafana Bafana’s next game is against Angola, in another practice match scheduled for Aero Sports Club in Cairo. That match kicks off at 17h30 SA time.
Darren Keet, Thamsanqa Mkhize, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Buhle Mkwhanazi, Sfiso Hlanti, Dean Furman, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Thulani Serero, Thembinkosi Lorch, Percy Tau, Lebo Mothiba.
Darren Keet/Ronwen Williams, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Innocent Maela, Daniel Cardoso, Hlompho Kekana, Tiyani Mabunda, Bongani Zungu, Sbusiso Vilakazi, Themba Zwane, Lebo Maboe, Lars Veldwijk.