Bafana Bafana recorded their fifth win over neighbours Lesotho with a 2-0 victory in an international friendly played at the Setsoto Stadium on Sunday afternoon
Both Lesotho and Bafana started knocking the ball around in the first five minutes of the game, as they were trying to look for spaces.
The visitors denied Lesotho any opportunity to have the sight of goal and Wayne Sandilands was never called to action in the opening minutes.
Bafana had the real first chance in the 10th minute when Bernard Parker met Ricardo Nunes’ cross, but he couldn’t put enough power behind his header as Kholuoe Phatsumane made a comfortable save.
A few moments later, Katlego Mashego’s shot from the left hand side of the Lesotho penalty area went inches wide, as Bafana looked very much in control.
Bafana should have taken the lead in the 21st minute when Dean Furman played a lovely through ball to Tlou Segolela into the penalty area, but the winger’s disappointing shot went straight into the hands of Phatsumane.
The visitors had a good opportunity from Segolela’s corner on the half-hour mark, but Eric Mathoho missed it completely with the Lesotho defence ball watching.
On 31 minutes Bafana won a free-kick outside the Lesotho box and it was Parker who was denied by the crossbar with the keeper well beaten, but Phatsumane recovered in time to parry Mashego’s header for a corner.
Lesotho won their first corner of the game in the 35th minute when Thulo Ranchobe’s volley was dealt smartly by Sandilands despite lacking power and accuracy.
Ranchobe nearly gave the home side the opener in the 42nd minute when he connected with Litsepe Marabe’s free-kick, but he was again denied by Sandilands who positioned himself well to make a fine save.
Bafana broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime when Tlou Segolela had an easy tap-in from Tshabalala’s cross to make it 1-0.
Gordon Igesund started the second half with no less than three substitutes, as Senzo Meyiwa and Tefu Mashamaite were handed their first Bafana caps.
The visitors then doubled the lead in the 60th minute when the Lesotho keeper Patsumane fumbled Daine Klate’s cross onto Segolela’s path and the Pirates midfielder did well to keep the ball in play before punishing the home side with his left-footed strike.
On 67 minutes, Parker’s shot was then cleared off the line by the Lesotho defenders after the Chiefs marksman had chipped the ball over Patsumane.
Bafana continued to dominate possession especially in the midfield where Furman and Oupa Manyisa were operating.
However, Lesotho had the opportunity to pull one back in the 74th minute when Katleho Moleko curled the ball from the edge of the box, only to be denied by the crossbar.
Lesotho squandered another chance to pull one back in the 81st minute, as Meyiwa stretched to his right to make a save and although the ball did hit the upright, it was eventually cleared by the Bafana defence.
Bafana then kept possession and frustrated the home side in the last five minutes of the game, and Lesotho started taking shots from range as Igesund’s troops held on for a comfortable 2-0 win.