South Africa 2-0 Burkina Faso: Bafana back to winning ways
Bafana redeemed themselves with a 2-0 win over Burkina Faso in a friendly match played at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon
By Ernest Makhaya
Bafana Bafana were comfortable on the ball in the early stages of the game, and they were a bit patient in the build-ups in the opening 10 minutes against Burkina Faso.
The Stallions started attacking and they tried to penetrate through the middle, but Bafana had too many players in those areas.
Siphiwe Tshabalala put Bafana in front with a superbly taken 22nd minute goal from the edge of the box after some excellent interchange from the goalscorer himself, debutants Bongani Zungu and David Mathebula.
Burkina Faso never troubled the Bafana defence, as they often dictated terms in their own half, only to struggle with possession in the final third.
Thabo Nthethe should have doubled the lead in the 33rd minute from Tshabalala’s in swinging corner, but the Celtic captain’s header went wide.
Bernard Parker created space for himself after been played through by Tshabalala in the 42nd minute, but the Bafana striker sent his volley over the bar.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane came close in the 43rd minute after unleashing a volley from distance, but he was denied by the upright with Kabore well beaten.
However, the Burkina Faso goalkeeper had to make a fine block just before the end of the first 45 minutes, parrying Parker’s thunderbolt to safety.
Dumarou Nebie had two shots at goal in quick succession in the opening minutes of the second half, but they were too far to trouble Bafana keeper Itumeleng Khune.
Zungu should have registered his name on the score sheet a few minutes later, but the Sundowns midfielder opted to play the ball back to Letsholonyane whose shot was blocked by Gouo Issa.
Bafana continued to dominate possession and should have been 2-nil up in the 61st minute, but Tshabalala’s disappointing shot sailed over the bar in what looked easy to score than to miss.
Marc van Heerden was denied by the crossbar from a 70th minute free-kick after Parker was brought down, as Bafana looked to finish off their opponents.
Bafana had numerous chances to kill the game, but the lacked composure in front of goal. At this stage the Stallions looked very much out of the game.
Hlompho Kekana had his shot deflected for a corner with six minutes remaining, but Bafana failed to create a goalscoring opportunity from the resultant corner.
Luyolo Nomandela doubled the lead deep in stoppage time with an easy finish from what looked like Lerato Chabangu’s goal to give Bafana a comfortable win over Burkina Faso.
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