BAFANA Bafana lost 2-1 away to Zimbabwe in an international friendly match played at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare last nighgt.
With most of his senior players released from this clash, Bafana Bafana head coach Pitso Mosimane made nine changes to the squad that drew one-all against Cote d’Ivoire in Port Elizabeth this past weekend.
Only captain of the match, Morgan Gould and goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs started the match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Two of the nine players were making their debut in the national team – defender Punch Masinamela and striker Bradley Grobler.
This was a fast-paced match with both sides having a go at each other.
And it was South Africa that got on the score sheet first – Grobler scoring the goal after a pass from Teko Modise, and that’s how it stayed at the break.
After the recess, former Kaizer Chiefs striker Knowledge Musona struck twice to give to the home side victory. First he headed in past a cluster of defenders to equalise. The second was a gift from defender Bevan Fransman following an error, and Musona made it 2-1.
Mosimane made several changes to his side in the second half – bringing in Daylon Claasen; Siyabonga Nontshinga; George Lebese and George Maluleka for Oupa Manyisa, Kermit Erasmus, Grobler and Hlompho Kekana respectively – but that’s how it stayed until the final whistle.
“The boys did well under the circumstances. We made just one defensive error and we were punished, I really believe we deserved a draw out of this match. We faced a very good Zimbabwe side that made it difficult for us which was a good exercise for the young ones to get and experience the stress of international football. It was a worthwhile outing for me as I got something out of this clash which was to see where the goals will come from. Bradley made his debut and scored, and that is a positive which shows with time it will come. but we lost to a better team and there are no excuses,” said Mosimane.
Bafana return to South Africa this morning after this match which was their last one on the 2011 calendar.
This is how they lined up:
Zimbabwe: Tapuwa Kapini, Tapiwa Khumbuyani, Zhaimu Jambo, Lincoln Zvasiya, Thomas Sweswe, Tinashe Nengomasha (c), Willard Katsande, Obvious Karuru, Khama Billiat, Knowledge Musona, Cuthbert Malajila
Subs: 1. Washington Arubi, 6. Gilbert Mapenda, 7. Nyasha Mushekwi, 15. Prince Nyoni 3. Archford Gutu, 9. Nigel Mukamba 17. Damson Zhuwano
South Africa: 16. Moeneeb Josephs, 6. Morgan Gould (capt), 3. Punch Masenamela, 2. Happy Jele, 15. Bevan Fransman, 4. Hlompho Kekana (George Maluleka), 10. Teko Modise, 18. Thanduyise Khuboni, 12. Oupa Manyisa (Daylon Claasen), 7. Kermit Erasmus (Siyabonga Nontshinga) 14. Bradley Grobler (George Lebese)
Did not play: 1. Wayne Sandilands, 5. Siyanda Xulu, 13. Musa Bilankulu-Safa.net