Yet another victory for Bafana

2010-03-26 12:00

SURPRISE Moriri justified his selection in the Bafana Bafana

line-up when he scored in the team’s 2-1 victory over Ponte Preta yesterday


The Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder got his first starting line-up on

the Brazilian tour, replacing Thulasizwe Mbuyane, and gave a good account when

he equalised in the 20th minute.

This was after Bafana were stunned by Reis’ curling shot in the

17th minute which goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune could do nothing about.

But the South African senior national team showed character when

they rallied back after another slow start and it did not surprise when

substitute Gert Schalkwyk netted the winner late in the second half to give

Bafana their fifth victory in seven games.

But as usual Bafana were slow to come out of the blocks – allowing

Preta to dictate the game early on. The home side took advantage of that to dent

the South Africans’ record of not conceding goals.

The Brazilian side home side should have scored early on, but

Renato Gonzalez saw his effort going wide after Siyabonga Sangweni’s mistake in

the box.

It took almost 10 minutes for Bafana to have a decent attack which

resulted in their first attempt at goals.

Simphiwe Tshabalala, who has been having a good time in Brazil,

shot wide of goalkeeper Gustavo.

Few minutes later Khune collected the ball from his own net after

Reis’ opener.

But Preta’s celebrations were cut shot by Moriri’s tap in from

Katlego Mphela’s cross in the 20th minute.

Moriri, who is getting closer to full fitness after spending

lengthy spells on the touchlines with a knee injury, showed just why Carlos

Parreira preferred him. He showed composure and combined well with his Sundowns

team-mate Mphela up front.

Mphela was also outstanding on the day using his pace effectively

on the wings only for his team-mates not to connect with his crosses.

Parreira made four changes at interval, bringing in Thabo Nthete,

Franklin Cale, Andile Jali and Matthew Booth for Siboniso Gaxa, Lucas Thwala,

Lance Davids and Sangweni.

The Brazilian coach is trying to give as many players a chance to

stake a claim in the World Cup team.

After bringing on Daylon Claasen, Schalkwyk and Richard Henyekane

later in the game, the team started exposing Petra with pace and it did not come

as a surprise when Henyekane and Schalkwyk combined well for the winner.

Parreira showered his team with praises after the game, saying it

was the best performance since they arrived here three weeks ago.

Bafana will play another training match against Desportivo Brasil

tomorrow afternoon.

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