South Africa vs. Seychelles: Who has the upper hand?

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Goal takes a look at the history between Bafana Bafana and Seychelles

South Africa will face Seychelles in back-to-back 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers later this month.

Bafana Bafana will play hosts to the Pirates of Seychelles at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday. Kick-off is at 15h30. 

The return leg will be away in Seychelles next week Tuesday at the Stade Linite, in the capital Victoria. Kick-off is at 14h30 South African time (16h30 Seychelles time).


BAFANA VS. THE PIRATES 


This will be the second meeting between Bafana and the Pirates despite the two teams being regular participants in the annual Southern African tournament, the Cosafa Cup

The only meeting between the two nations took place in the 2005 Cosafa Cup tournament first round (Group A) which was hosted by Mauritius.

Steve Komphela and Stuart Baxter

Bafana were under the guidance of English tactician Stuart Baxter, who was in his first stint as South Africa's head coach. 

The game was played in the rain at the Stade George V in the small Mauritian town of Curepipe. 

The rain interrupted the match 28 minutes into the second half with Bafana already leading against the Islanders. 


DEBUTANTS IMPRESS 


South Africa v Seychelles
Katlego 'Killer' Mphela and Lerato Chabangu, who were both making their debuts for the national team, had handed the 1996 African champions a 3-0 lead. 

Mphela, who was on the books of French side Strasbourg at the time, hit the back of the net twice within two minutes.

The former SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs striker headed home Thando Mngomeni's corner-kick before the duo combined for the second goal.

Mphela's former Mamelodi Sundowns team-mate, Chabangu then made it 3-0 to South Africa with the half-time break approaching.

Lerato Chabangu, Bafana, Chan, January 2014

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Chabangu, who was playing for the University of Pretoria at the time, tapped the ball into an empty net after some good work by former Moroka Swallows centre forward Sandile Ndlovu.

The Pirates defended much better in the second half, but they struggled to penetrate the Bafana defence which was marshaled by Mbulelo 'Old-John' Mabizela. 

South Africa were able to hold on to their three-goal lead in the latter stages of the game, and ultimately, a dominant Bafana side emerged 3-0 winners.

Bafana went on to lose to Zambia in the semi-finals of the regional tournament.

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