Bafana and Nigeria in stalemate – again

2015-03-29 18:07

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Bafana Bafana once again failed to pass their test against Nigeria in an international friendly at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit this afternoon.

In fact Bafana needed a last-minute equaliser from Bongani Zungu to cancel out Ahmed Musa’s late goal. This was the third consecutive draw between the two countries.

But Nigeria would have been happy to leave with their record intact as they continued their dominance over South Africa. Bafana have won only once in 12 encounters.

This should have been an easy game for the home side as they had the visitors on the back foot for the better part of the game. They even missed a penalty as Andile Jali’s spot kick was saved by goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi in the second half.

Despite the outcome of the game, it was a good performance from the home side who dominated proceedings throughout the game.

Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was a spectator for the better part of the match until he was well-beaten by Musa’s well-taken curler in the 84th minute.

But Shakes Mashaba still has a lot to do with the team as they lacked the killer instinct in front of goal.

Bafana players also lacked game intelligence as they made the wrong decision on several occasions.

Thulani Serero showed his class in Bafana colours, raising questions about why he was left out of the team that took part in the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea earlier this year.

The Ajax Amsterdam midfielder was a thorn in the side of Nigeria’s defense with his neat touches but was let down by his teammates.

There was nothing friendly about this game as both teams wanted to claim the bragging rights.

While the visitors started as the aggressive side when they took the game to the hosts, Bafana finished the strongest.

Bafana grew in stature as the game grew old and imposed themselves on the game but were found wanting in the final third of the pitch.

They knew they could have done better than the draw although a consolation would have been that they didn’t lose the game.

Earlier in the day the national under-17s – Amajimbos – also played to a 1-1 draw with Mali.

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