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  • 15 November 2013
  • • 20:30
  • • Somhlolo National Stadium, Lobamba
  • • Attendance: 20000
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Swaziland 0-3 South Africa: First SA goal for Nthethe

Swaziland 0-3 South Africa: First SA goal for Nthethe

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Bafana Bafana scored three second half goals to beat Swaziland in their own backyard in an international friendly played on Friday night

South Africa showed their dominance in the early stages of the game, and should have been in front within a minute when Lerato Chabangu floated in a cross into the box, but Kermit Erasmus failed to hit the target with his header.

The visitors came close again in the 11th minute when Happy Jele met Siphiwe Tshabalala’s free-kick with a header, but his effort went wide of Nhlanhla Gwebu’s goal.

On 14 minutes, Sabelo Ndzinisa wasted a glorious chance to put Swaziland in the lead after he superbly beat Rooi Mahamutsa, but he missed the target with a low shot.

Bernard Parker created space for himself outside the Swaziland area in the 18th minute, but his low shot was saved by Gwebu.

Bafana Bafana continued to dominate possession, but then failed to punish their Swazi opponents. The best chance fell for Erasmus in the 39th minute, but Gwebu made a fantastic stop to keep the home side in the game.

South Africa scored two quick goals at the start of the second half, having failed to beat Gwebu in the first half.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane broke the deadlock in the 48th minute after a well combined move that involved Tshabalala and substitute Bongani Zungu, as the dreadlocked midfielder easily beat Gwebu.

Bongani Zungu made it 2-0 in the 49th minute after beating the offside trap, and easily beat Gwebu with his body to put the ball in an empty net.  

The Swaziland defence failed to deal with Parker’s free-kick in the 63rd minute, and Thabo Nthethe was in the right place at the right time to make it 3-0 to South Africa.

Bafana continued to dominate with victory already secured and won a free-kick in the 70th minute after a foul on Zungu. Letsholonyane took it well, but Gwebu tipped it over the bar.

Swaziland did manage to threaten their opponents, but it was not enough as Bafana recorded another impressive win over their neighbours.  

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