Match report – Mission accomplished for Bafana’s Mosimane

2011-08-10 21:46

Bafana Bafana shrugged off what was an injury-ravaged build-up to their friendly game against Burkina Faso with a 3-0 win over the West Africans at Ellis Park.

Central to the hosts’ impressive showing tonight was the one-two football displayed by Thulani Serero, Andile Jali and Daylon Claasen. The trio enjoyed some good inter-links with scorers Siphiwe Tshabalala and Katlego Mphela. Serero, who signed for Ajax Amsterdam at the start of the campaign, slotted in nicely behind key striker Mphela while Claasen – who plies his trade in Belgium for SK Lierse – was mobile on either flank, at times switching positions with Tshabalala.

It was the South Africans’ third home victory over the West Africans.

The Burkinabe’s average display could easily be the result of a spate of problems that besieged their camp ahead of this fixture. They travelled to South Africa with 16 players, with five of them only joining the camp on the morning of the game.

Bafana took full advantage and yielded a result that would help improve their continental ranking, especially after dropping two places – from fifth to seventh – two months ago. Mphela netted his first strike for Bafana in a spectacular fashion just minutes into the game. He completed his brace eight minutes into the second stanza.

It seems like the Mamelodi Sundowns striker has turned the Doornfontein venue into his conquering ground, having scored the all-important goal against Egypt here in March. His goal tally makes him just eight goals shy of Bafana’s second all-time marksman Shaun Bartlett who has 29.

A flurry of goals was inevitable from the moment full back Siboniso Gaxa’s scorcher forced a good save from goalkeeper Germain Sanou. In the end, it was mission accomplished for coach Pitso Mosimane, who had requested a West African opponent in the build-up to the African Nations Cup qualifier against Niger next month. Mosimane attained the positive result despite having had to do with four withdrawals of his key players in the week.

Injuries had forced out captain Steven Pienaar, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Anele Ngcongca while Kagisho Dikgacoi could not make it due to visa problems. Meanwhile, Bafana are leading their group ahead of Niger, Sierra Leone and Egypt and a victory against Niger will book Mosimane and his troops a ticket to the Afcon finals, to be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon next year.

How they lined up SA
Itumeleng Khune – Siboniso Gaxa (Happy Jele 62nd), Siyabonga Sangweni (Bongani Khumalo 46th), Morgan Gould, Tsepo Masilela – Siphiwe Tshabalala, Thanduyise Khuboni, Andile Jali (Tlou Segolela), Thulani Serero (Lehlohonolo Majoro), Daylon Claasen (Hlompho Kekana 62nd) – Katlego Mphela (Bernard Parker 70th)Burkina Faso: Germain Sanou – Mousa Doumbia, Herve Zengue, Issa Gouo (Adamah Plange 64th), Mohamed Koffi, Florent Rouamba, Djakaridja Kone, Abdul Traore, Wilfried Sanou (Ishola Wassiyou 46th), Wilfred Balima (Asante Solomon), Narcisse Yameogo

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