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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

South Africa Men's National Soccer Team News

September 8, 2015 - Mpho Makola kicks winner over Senegal
"South Africa 1-0 Senegal: Makola's wonder strike hands Bafana Nelson Mandela Challenge trophy.... In the 77th minute, Orlando Pirates midfielder Mpho Makola netted on his Bafana debut with a wonderful strike from range." - Goal

July 5, 2015 - Mandla Masango & Wandisile Letlabika score in win over Mauritius

"Second-half goals from Mandla Masango and Wandisile Letlabika gave South Africa a 5-0 aggregate victory over Mauritius in Africa Nations Championship qualifying on Sunday.
Mashaba Shakes' men led 3-0 going into the second leg at the Anjalay Stadium and were initially frustrated in their attempts to extend their advantage.... After the break, experienced Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was called on to deny Yannick Dig-Dig before Masango registered the opener. The midfielder - whose club contract with Kaizer Chiefs expired last week - angled home a free-kick 68 minutes in to extend his side's lead in the tie. Defender Letlabika made it two six minutes from time with a low strike inside the area as South Africa recorded a third straight win following disappointing Africa Cup of Nations and COSAFA Cup campaigns." - FourFourTwo

June 20, 2015 - Siphelele Ntshangase scores brace in win over Mauritius
"South Africa eased to a 3-0 win over Mauritius in the first leg of their preliminary round tie in the qualifiers for the 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Soweto on Saturday afternoon. Bafana Bafana comfortably dominated the clash and should have won by a more convincing margin, going goalless in the second half after establishing a 3-0 lead in the first 45 minutes. The home side opened the scoring in the 26th minute, with a corner kick routine seeing Marc Van Heerden’s cross turned home by Thamsanqa Gabuza at the far post for his second goal in as many games. Two minutes later it was 2-0, with Gabuza and Mandla Masango combining beautifully to set up Siphelele Ntshangase, who fired a shot between the legs of Mauritian goalkeeper Kevin Jean-Louis. Ntshangase scored his second on the stroke of half-time, showing some neat skills in the penalty area to make space for a shot, which he duly rifled past the goalkeeper’s right hand to complete the scoring." - African Football

June 16, 2015 - Thamsanqa Gabuza & Ayanda Patosi score in win over Angola
"Thamsanqa Gabuza and Ayanda Patosi helped South Africa recover from a goal down to end a run of six straight draws with Tuesday's 2-1 friendly win over Angola....  Alexander Christovao opened the scoring in Cape Town. Angola put four past Central African Republic in their AFCON qualification opener at the weekend, but Gabuza and Patosi ensured Romeu Filemon's men were denied another success. Following Christovao's long-range opener, Gabuza ended South Africa's luckless spell in front of goal towards the end of the first half - registering Bafana Bafana's first goal in four matches. Patosi then enjoyed a slice of luck as his effort cannoned off the crossbar and in off Filipe Malanda 22 minutes from time, ensuring a morale-boosting win for Shakes Mashaba's side ahead of Thursday's qualifier with Mauritius." - Soccerway

May 22, 2015 - Tlou Segolela & Phumelele Bhengu score in win over Malawi
Bafana Bafana beat Malawi 2-1 in a practice game at the Mogwase Stadium on Friday afternoon, ahead of their COSAFA Cup quarter-final on Sunday.... Having only just been drafted in the team, Segolela made an immediate impression, putting Bafana 1-0 up in the fifteenth minute, finishing off after a set-piece shot from Marc Van Heerden wasn't held by Charles Swini. Ten minutes later and it was 2-0, as Ace Bhengu, who just signed for SuperSport United, doubled Bafana’s lead with a powerful effort, after a defensive mix up at the back by the Flames." - Soccer Laduma 

March 25, 2015 - Hlatshwayo, Mnyamane & Masango score in win over Swaziland
"South Africa got back to winning ways on Wednesday with a comfortable 3-1 away triumph over Swaziland....   defender Thulani Hlatshwayo opening the scoring in the 51st minute with a header from a free-kick. Thabo Mnyamane doubled the advantage a minute later with a goal on his debut following a fine pass from Thulani Serero. Felix Badenhorst pulled one back in the 65th minute, only for midfielder Mandla Masango to make sure of victory for the visitors four mintues from time." - Sportal

March 18, 2015 - roster named for Swaziland & Nigeria friendlies
  • Goalkeepers: Jackson Mabokgwane (Mpumalanga Black Aces), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Brilliant Khuzwayo (Kaizer Chiefs)
  • Defenders: Anele Ngcongca (Racing Genk FC, Belgium), Siyabonga Nhlapho (Bidvest Wits), Thabo Matlaba (Orlando Pirates), Thapelo Morena (Bloemfontein Celtic), Erick Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Sibusiso Khumalo (SuperSport United), Daniel Cardoso (Free State Stars)
  • Midfielders: Lebogang Phiri (Brondby FC, Denmark), Oupa Manyisa (Orlando Pirates), Andile Jali (KV Oostende FC, Belgium), Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers FC, England), Mandla Masango (Kaizer Chiefs), Cole Alexander (Polokwane City), Thuso Phala (SuperSport United), Jabulani Shongwe (Bidvest Wits FC), May Mahlangu (Konyaspor FC, Turkey), Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands), Ayanda Patosi (Lokeren FC, Belgium), Bongani Zungu (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kamohelo Mokotjo (FC Twente, Netherlands)
  • Strikers: Tokelo Rantie (AFC Bournemouth, England), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits), Thabo Mnyamane (University of Pretoria), Lehlohonolo Majoro (Orlando Pirates), Siphelele Ntshangase (Black Leopards)
January 14, 2015 - Hlatshwayo, Vilakazi & Furman score in win over Mali
"South Africa extended their unbeaten run to 12 matches with a 3-0 rout of fancied Mali in an African Nations Cup warm-up match in Gabon on Wednesday. Goals from Thulani Hlatshwayo, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Dean Furman set up the morale-boosting victory for Bafana Bafana ahead of Saturday's start of the continental championship. Both sides fielded strong lineups in their last game before travelling to Equatorial Guinea and it was South Africa, after weathering early pressure, who created the better openings." - SBS

January 4, 2015 - Thuso Phala scores in win over Zambia
"The winger struck in the second half to ensure the home side continue their good run of form ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations. Thuso Phala kept South Africa's winning run going ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations with the only goal in a 1-0 win over Zambia on Sunday." - Goal

December 30, 2014 - AFCON roster named
"Shakes Mashaba has left Thulani Serero out of his final 23-man squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea. SuperSport United midfielder Thuso Phala and Chippa United midfielder Thamsanqa Sangweni are among surprise inclusions in the squad. Ayanda Patosi has also been left out by Mashaba." - The Citizen
  • Goalkeepers: Darren Keet, Brilliant Khuzwayo, Jackson Mabokgwane
  • Defenders: Anele Ngcongca, Eric Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Patrick Phungwayo, Thabo Matlaba, Siyabonga Nhlapo
  • Midfielders: Andile Jali, Dean Furman, Mandla Masango, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Oupa Manyisa, Thuso Phala, Bongani Zungu, Themba Zwane, Thamsanqa Sangweni
  • Strikers: Tokelo Rantie, Bongani Ndulula, Bernard Parker, Sibusiso Vilakazi
November 30, 2014 - Bongani Zungu & David Zulu score in win over Ivory Coast
"Goals from Bongani Zungu and David Zulu handed Bafana Bafana a 2-0 win over Cote d'Ivoire in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at the Mbombela Stadium. Bafana started like a house on fire and dominated proceedings from the onset, while they had a goal disallowed, although replays suggest the Vuyisile Wana was onside. David Zulu looked lively in the early exchanges, and went close in the 12th minute as he curled a left-footed effort just wide of the upright. Bafana eventually took advantage of their dominance, as some good build-up play ended up with Patrick Phungwayo teeing up Zungu, who made no mistake from 12-yards out.... Bafana then doubled their lead seven minutes after the halftime break, as David Zulu pounced on a error from the Ivorian goalkeeper to score into an empty net from 20-yards out." - Soccer Laduma

November 15, 2014 - Thulani Serero & Tokelo Rantie score in win over Sudan
"South Africa have booked their place at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after beating Sudan 2-1 in their penultimate qualifier on Saturday. The victory secured one of the two automatic qualification spots in Group A for Bafana Bafana, who reach next year's event in Equatorial Guinea with a game to spare. Thulani Serero opened the scoring seven minutes before the interval - the goal helping to settle an emotional South Africa team, who were playing for the first time since the death of goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.... Mid-way through the second half, Tokelo Rantie struck South Africa's second to give his side breathing space." - BBC 

November 7, 2014 - Fagrie Lakay called up again
"Bafana Bafana teenage sensation Fagrie Lakay has been called up to the national squad for a third time under coach Shakes Mashaba. The 17-year-old Santos player is hoping to get his first senior cap during the upcoming AFCON 2015 qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria. 'It's every youngsters dream to play for Bafana Bafana. Just being 17 years old it’s a great achievement. Just being there being amongst the best players in the country, it's an achievement already but hopefully this time I want to go there and get the chance to play,' Lakay said." - eNews Channel Africa

October 11, 2014 - Bongani Ndulula & Tokelo Rantie score in win over Congo
"Bafana Bafana moved to the top of African Nations Cup qualifying Group A after a 2-0 victory over Congo in Pointe-Noire on Saturday. Bongani Ndulula's spectacular overhead-kick and another top finish from Tokelo Rantie was enough for South Africa to take all three points ahead of the return fixture on Polokwane on Wednesday.... It was the visitors who scored first as Ndulula showed perfect striker's instincts to get to Thulani Hlatshwayo's header from a Masango corner to try an overhead-kick with his back to goal, the ball cannoning in off a Congo defender to make it 1-0. It was a goal reminiscent of Thabo Mngomeni's bicycle-kick at the same venue against the same opposition back in 2004. Three minutes later Bafana twisted the knife when after a defensive error, Furman's disguised left-footed pass found Rantie's clever run into the area and the forward finished calmly with his left foot into the top-left corner to double South Africa's advantage." - Kickoff

October 8, 2014 - Fagrie Lakay
"Newly-called up striker into the Bafana Bafana squad, Fagrie Lakay, says while he in the national to learn, he will also raise his hand should he be asked to help the team. Lakay is one of the youngest player in the Bafana Bafana squad that will take on Congo in two matches in the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015 Qualifiers.... The striker has become a household name after his two goals helped Amajita, the South African Men’s U20 Team to qualify for the African Youth Championships that will be held in Niger from March next year." - SuperSport

October 7, 2014 - Siyabonga Nhlapo called up
"Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has called up Bidvest Wits' Siyabonga Nhlapo to replace  Anele Ngcongca. The twenty-five year old former Jomo Cosmos player, who can play in both midfield and defence, was named to replace Ngcongca, who withdrew after picking up an injury. He will join up with the team for the upcoming African Cup of Nations clashes with Congo." - Soccer Laduma 

September 5, 2014 - Sibusiso Vilakazi scores brace in win over Sudan
"South Africa opened their African Nations Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-0 rout of Sudan in Khartoum in Group A on Friday. Substitute Sibusiso Vilakazi opened the scoring on 55 minutes when his low shot at the back post evaded three defenders after Sudan's keeper fumbled a tame effort. He notched his second of the night six minutes later when he skipped past his challenger in the area and sent a right-foot shot that struck the keeper's hands and went in as Sudan's defence collapsed. Bongani Ndulula completed the rout with 11 minutes remaining with a simple tap-in at the far post following a low cross from the left." - Ahram

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