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.
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.
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
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.
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.
minutes remaining on the clock a South African attack was successful as Modise
and substitute Bernard Parker pushed forward in search of a winner.
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.
Mbami, Meyong (Achille), Ngambi, Kouemaha, Djemba Djemba, Kome, Tehoi (Songo’o),
Binya, Makoun, Nicolas.