Bafana in impressive form

2010-03-21 09:35

Bafana Bafana continued with their impressive form when they beat Botafogo 1-0 in a rather dull encounter on Saturday afternoon in Rio de Janeiro.

The game, which saw former Bafana coach Joel Santana coming up against the players he once led, did not produce the fireworks which were expected.

Santana did not even sit on the bench as he had Sunday’s Rio State Championship game against arch-rivals Flamengo.

He instead opted to sit on the grandstands as he gave his reserve side a run against Bafana and they almost matched the South African senior national team in all departments.

But after a promise start when they took the game to Bafana, Botafogo’s inexperience became evident as the game grew older.

Simphiwe Tshabalala exposed goalkeeper Renan’s weakness when he easily beat him with a curling free kick in the 43rd minute. This was Tshabalala’s fourth goal of the Brazilian trip and it proved to be decisive in the end after substitute Richard Henyekane failed to score after rounding off Renan in the second half.

Young Daylon Claasen made an impression when he replaced Lance Davids in the second. Also impressive was Surprise Moriri and Siboniso Gaxa.

Bafana have now won four of the six games they have played and this left coach Carlos Parreira satisfied with the progress made.

Parreira said the team had been getting better with every game they had played.

“We are slowly getting there and this is good for our preparations. But we still to work on maintaining our shape and keep more possession but we will get there,” said Parreira.

He said he was happy with his defence which has been very intact in the tour as they are still to concede a goal after six matches.

Bafana are expected to play few more friendlies at their new base in Sao Paulo next week before flying out Paraguay for a friendly on March 30.

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