Bafana beats Kenya in first away victory under Igesund

2012-10-16 18:25

After two defeats on the road Gordon Igesund registered his first victory away from home when Bafana Bafana laboured to a 2-1 win over Kenya.

After the victory over the Harambee Stars Igesund’s record reads two wins and two defeats.

Bafana lost to Brazil and Poland on the road and beat Mozambique at home. Tonight’s victory was a much-needed confidence booster ahead of the Nelson Mandela Challenge against the African champions, Zambia, next month.

Although a victory was not guaranteed it was expected against the low-ranked Stars.

Bafana did well on the night but it was not easy as they were made to sweat when Kenya came from behind and equalised from the penalty spot by Dennis Oliech in the 73rd minute. This was after referee Charles Mbanga penalised Bafana skipper Bongani Khumalo for handling in the box.

But the home crowd’s joy was short-lived as Bernard Parker’s cross was nodded home by Kenya’s defender, Christopher Wekesa, in the 78th minute and Bafana hung on for victory.

Igesund would have been happy with how his team responded to last week’s defeat by Poland.

Unlike in the Poland game Bafana showed confidence going forward, with Parker and Tokelo Rantie combining well when in attack.

So impressive was Rantie that he opened the scoring in the 20th minute after being set through by Lerato Chabangu.

Igesund made three changes to the team that started against Poland on Friday and the three new players – Wayne Sandilands, Thabo Nthethe and Rantie – gave as much as they got.

After a nervous start, Bafana recovered and took the game to the hosts.
But the bumpy pitch made it impossible to play their normal carpet football and they resorted to hoofing the ball from the back.

With the crowd behind the home side Bafana did well to absorb the early pressure and adapted quickly to the condition of the pitch.

The home side was always not going to be bullied in front of their supporters as they were also out to impress their new coach, Henri Mitchel. But they found the South African defence in an uncompromising mood.

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