Victory turns Bafana’s luck

2010-04-29 13:20

Whoever cast a spell of bad luck on Bafana Bafana not to win

matches has finally forgiven the South Africans after possibly remembering that

they are just under six weeks away from hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup from

June 11.

It was becoming boring for the 562 fans that attended this clash to

keep repeating themselves after every match that Bafana were unlucky not to


Now they should sing a different tune after Bafana surprised

themselves with a 2-0 victory against Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz at the Bieberer Berg

Stadium in Offenbach, Germany last night.

Surprise Moriri and Siyabonga Nomvethe put the smile back on Mzansi

after slotting in the two crucial goals that will save Parreira embarrassment

when the team returns to Jo’burg tomorrow morning.

Moriri broke the ice six minutes into the second half after being

set up by his captain Teko Modise from the left flank before Nomvethe stretched

the lead in the 95th minute after ironically coming on for Moriri.

The win has ended their back-to-back draws against North Korea

(0-0) and Paraguay (1-1) during their respective training camps in Germany and


But coach Carlos Alberto Parreira should learn fast as he started

last night’s match with the same team that failed to impress against Korea with

only Siboniso Gaxa coming on for Thabo Nthethe.

The Jamaicans arrived in this German city yesterday morning but

still they matched the South Africans in all departments despite spending the

past 17 days in Germany.

It took defender Bongani Khumalo in the second minute to stretch

his body inside the box to try and break their hoodoo, but goalkeeper Duwayne

Kerr was quick to parry his effort.

In the 19th minute, Itumeleng Khune jumped to his fellow defender’s

rescue by blocking a shot from Diocy Williams, who intercepted a pass from

Keammar Daley.

The first half was a case of missed opportunities that forced

Parreira to jump time and again from his bench to probably tell his players to

keep the ball on the ground.

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