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September 10, 2013
• Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg, GA
B. Parker 90'+
K. Musona 51'
C. Malajila 90'+
A fantastic ending to waht has been more than a friendly at the Orlando Stadium this evening. South African coach Gordon Igesund will be concerned about his side's lacklustre attacking play tonight, while Ian Gorowa should be excited about some the talent on display in Zimbabwean football. Thanks for joining Goal South Africa for all the action tonight.
90' + 7'
That's it the match has ended! Zimbabwe have won 2-1 in Johannesburg!
90' + 6'
90' + 6'
Assist Hlompho Alpheus Kekana
90' + 6'
Goal Bernard Melvin Parker
90' + 6'
GOAL!! Parker scores for South Africa! Something for the South African fans to smile about as Parker hits a powerful effort past Arubi to put Bafana Bafana on the scoreboard.
90' + 4'
Assist Kingston Nkhatha
90' + 4'
Goal Cuthbert Malajila
90' + 4'
GOAL!! Zimbabwe finish off the match with a clinical move and Cuthbert Malajila scores! Nkhatha slides a pass to his striking partner, who buries a tap-in past Keet.
90' + 3'
One minute remains for South Africa, but an equaliser does not seem likely.
90 minutes are up and the match seems destined to end in Zimbabwe's favour, unless South Africa can produce a moment of magic in the dying embers of this friendly.
Yellow Card Khama Billiat
Nkththa breaks down the right wing and sends a low ball into the path of Malajiila, who can't find the target with his attempt at goal.
Bafana have committed many players forward, leaving mountains of space for Zimabwe to use on the counter-attack.
Hardlife Daniel Zvirekwi
MUSONA SCORES! Oh no the whistle has gone for offside! Billiat and the striker combine brilliantly to put the ball into the back of the net, but the flag has been raised!
MUSONA! The striker looks back to his best as he beats Mathoho with a superb run and then hits a low strike on target, which Keet saves with ease.
Manyama tries to find the target from range, but his shot flies into the stands and Igesund's reaction tells it all.
Peter Tsepo Masilela
Mark Van Heerden
MASILELA! Bafana finally create a chance as the full back ventures into the box and unleashes a curling effort with his right boot, but his shot misses the target by inches. It is his last kick of the match as Van Heerden replaces the left back.
Gordon Igesund cuts a concerned figure in the dugout, as South Africa attempts to find an equaliser are few and far between.
Tshabalala tries a trademark long range thunderbolt, but his shot goes high and wide much to the disgust of the fans inside the stadium.
As Zimbabwe move forward, Phiri hits a long range effort, but it is not on target.
South Africa are enjoying most of the possession, but continue wasting their chances to create an equaliser.
Denver Nigel Mukamba
Yellow Card Denver Nigel Mukamba
Yellow Card Tshepo Gumede
Siphiwe Tshabalala is out on the pitch and he replaces Bongani Zungu. This match is heading towards an exciting last 25 minutes.
Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala
Tackles are flying in out there which has sparked a tussle out on the pitch as tempers flare between the two sides. William Katsande is shown a yellow card for a sliding tackle which started the drama.
ZUNGU! Manyama loops a ball over the defence and towards Zungu, who tries to get clean contact on his volley, but his effort skews off the boot and goes out for a goal kick.
PARKER! What a chance for South Africa! Gumede sends in an accurate cross and the striker tries to place a diving header past Arubi, but his effort goes wide past the right post.
Washington Arubi is shown a yellow card for time wasting. Far too early for those kind of antics surely?
Yellow Card Washington Arubi
Yellow Card Danisa Phiri
The tension is palpabale out on the pitch now. This match is turning into an fractious affair as Danny Phiri is yellow-carded for a studs-up challenge on substitute Kermit Erasmus.
NKHATHA! The Warriors almost make it 2-0 as they counterattack well, leaving Nkhatha free on goal but his low strike is well saved by an advancing Keet.
Yellow Card Hlompho Alpheus Kekana
Assist Denver Nigel Mukamba
Goal Knowledge Musona
GOAL!! MUSONA SCORES! Zimbabwe have the lead. Emphatic strike from the Kaizer Chiefs man. Is he back? He chests down a corner kick and unleashes a pile-driver which almost bursts through the back of the net. Keet had no chance and Bafana Bafana will need to find a way back into this match now.
Yellow Card Ruzaigh Gamildien
Nkhatha tries to find Musona with a looping cross, but Keet claims the ball confidently in the air. Seconds later, substitute Gamildien is shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Billiat.
A succession of challenges results a in free kick for Zimbabwe, and Grant Kekana is warned for his tackle on Katsande.
Siphelele Promise Mthembu
The second half kicks off in the Orlando Stadium and Zimbabwe begin stringing passes together at the back.
The players are back out on the pitch. South Africa have made a couple of changes as Ruziagh Gamildien and Lebogang Manyama replace Letsholonyane and Mthembu.
Any comments on the match so far? Tweet me @Dan0090
Bafana Bafana may make a host of changes in the second half, as Gordon Igesund looks to give more of his fringe players time on the pitch.
Zimbabwe started like a house on fire tonight, but lost much of their verve as the first half developed. South Africa looked impressive when in possession, but Gordon Igesund will be concerned due to their lack of chances in front of goal. An enthralling second half awaits! Stay with Goal South Africa as commentary resumes in 15 minutes time.
45' + 3'
Half time in the Orlando Stadium! The score remains 0-0.
Billiat wins a free kick and sends in an inswinging set-piece, but Mathoho clears with a strong header.
South Africa have made a surprise change, with Thulani Hlatshwayo being replaced by Tshepo Gumede.
The first half seems destined to end goalless as the match has become slightly disjointed as we near the break.
Positive signs for South Africa as their rhythm has returned, while Zimbabwe's initial threat seems to have drifted away.
CHANCE FOR PARKER! Good combination play between Zungu and Parker almost sees the striker free on goal, but Zimbabwe are able to clear the danger with a last-ditch tackle.
Bafana stroke passes around with ease, until Hlasthwayo decides to loop a cross in from the right wing which is hit too powerfully and goes out for a goal kick.
Bafana Bafana's defensive set-up has struggled to find a solution to Zimbabwe's pace so far, while the host's attack has looked rather toothless.
NKHATHA! The striker tries to beat Keet at the near post, but the shot is not powerful enough to beat the keeper.
Billiat continues to look menacing as he bursts down the left flank, meaning Hlasthwayo has to muscle him to the floor and the Warriors have a free kick. They are unable to make use of their set-piece but South Africa will worry about containing the visitor's pace.
MUSONA! Billiat feeds a ball into the path of the striker, who tries to stab a shot past Keet, but his effort goes wide. The flag is up so the goal would not have counted if Musona had found his range.
A disappointing first touch from Mthembu as Mathebula finds the striker with a through-ball.
BILLIAT! The attacking midfielder finds space through the centre and tries to drive home a low effort, but his shot goes wide past the left post.
Musona is toppled by a solid challenge from Hlatshwayo. No love lost there between the two players.
Vital tackle from Nyadombo! Yeye slides a pass into the area, which Mthembu tries to muscle his way towards, but the Zimbabwean defender is able to keep the ball out of his path with a last ditch tackle.
The game is being played at a frenetic pace in the opening fifteen minutes, with Zimbabwe's Khama Billiat often mesmerising defenders when he is in possession.
Parker's free kick attempt is blocked by the wall, but South Africa make use of the rebound and win a corner kick, but cannot make use of the set-piece.
After a string of slick passes, Letsholonyane is felled by Katsande and Bafana have a free kick in a promising area.
Zimbabwe continue to find space behind South Africa's defence as Nkhatha receives a pass down the right and tries to cross towards Musona, but Mathoho is able to clear.
Another chance for Zimbabwe as Kingston Nkhatha almost latches onto a long ball, but Darren Keet has the presence of mind to move off his line and collect the pass.
South Africa are stuck in their own half during the opening stages as Zimbabwe look dangerous in attack, but the visitors hit two sloppy crosses allowing for Bafana to regain possession.
MUSONA!! Zimbabwe create the first chance of the match after Nkhatha breaks down the left flank and drives a cross into his striking partner's path, but Musona blasts his side-footed effort over the crossbar.
Here we go! South Africa gets us underway in the Orlando Stadium.
The national anthems have just been wrapped up and we are minutes away from kickoff!
The players are emerging out on the pitch in front of a rather sparse crowd at the Orlando Stadium. The match is set to kickoff in 10 minutes time. Stay with Goal South Africa for all the action tonight.
Zimbabwe starting line-up: Arubi, Nyadombo, Zvirekwi, Chindungwe, Bhasera, Katsande, Phiri, Billiat, Musona, Mukamba and Nkhatha.
Zimbabwe have also named a side without any overseas-based players, but there are many PSL stars in their starting lineup.
Bafana starting line-up: Keet, Mkhwanazi, Masilela, Mathoho, Hlatshwayo, Letsholonyane, Kekana, Zungu, Parker, Mathebula and Mthembu.
Here are the lineups for tonight. As promised, South Africa have made ten changes to the side which played Botswana on Saturday.
Kickoff is in just over twenty minutes. Any pre-match predictions? Tweet me @Dan0090
Zimbabwe coach Ian Gorowa will also want the Warriors to go for victory tonight, as he searches for improvement to his poor start in charge of the side. Zimbabwe also failed to qualify for the next stage of World Cup qualification and require a boost to their confidence after a very lacklustre campaign.
Hello and welcome to Goal South Africa's LIVE of coverage of Bafana Bafana's friendly match against Zimbabwe. My name is Daniel Eslick and I will be taking you through all the action this fine Tuesday evening. With debate raging on over the future of South African coach Gordon Igesund, this match will be important for Bafana Bafana to restore some pride after their failure to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
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