South Africa Win Mandela Challenge Cup Against Cameroon

An action-packed first half saw four goals shared among the sides as two strikes from Teko Modise were answered by a Ngome Kome free kick and a header from Somen Tehoi. The match was settled with eight minutes remaining by substitute Bernard Parker to make it 3-2 to Bafana.
South Africa 3-2 Cameroon

South Africa hosted Cameroon at Olympia Park in Rustenburg for the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup. The Indomitable Lions were without superstar striker Samuel Eto’o and captain Rigobert Song, but the squad was still a strong one. South Africa were boosted by the inclusion of Benni McCarthy, who decided to play after his father passed away last week.

First Half

South Africa got off to a stunning start with an early goal from Teko Modise in the 6th minute. A Bafana attack was broken down by the Cameroon defence, but the clearance only went as far as Modise on the outside of the box, and the Orlando Pirates player unleashed a fearsome shot which busted the back of the net and put the hosts ahead.

On 25 minutes Modise put Bafana two goals ahead with a fine finish after McCarthy’s heeled through ball. Cameroon responded instantly however, and on 28 minutes Ngome Kome took a wonderfully placed free kick that beat Khune in the South African goal to pull one back for the visitors.

Cameroon were back on level terms eleven minutes from the half time break when a cross from the left found Somen Tehoi who headed across and into Khune’s net. The half ended at with the score at 2-2.

Second Half

The second half began with a great deal of pressure from the Cameroonians and a number of dangerous chances falling the way of the visitors, but they were unable to capitalise and the game soon began to look equal again.

A few reckless challenges characterised the game at this point, with the main battle in the match occurring in midfield. Chances were sporadic and no one dominated for long periods of time.   With eight minutes remaining on the clock a South African attack was successful as Modise and substitute Bernard Parker pushed forward in search of a winner.

After a shot from Modise who was on a hat-trick, Parker picked up the pieces and slotted away the rebound to put Bafana in the driving seat. One last bit of action before the end saw South Africa win a penalty, but goal scorer Modise’s spot kick was saved and the game ended at 3-2, allowing Bafana Bafana to lift the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup as winners.

Goals: Modise (S), Modise(S), Kome(C), Tehoi(C), Parker(S).

South Africa: Khune, Booth, Gaxa, Masilela, Davids, Mokoena, Sibaya, Tshabalala, Nkosi (Parker), McCarthy (Mphela, Mbuyane)), Modise.

: Kameni, Mbami, Meyong (Achille), Ngambi, Kouemaha, Djemba Djemba, Kome, Tehoi (Songo’o), Binya, Makoun, Nicolas.

Peter Pedroncelli