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Mokoena scores stunning free-kick as Bafana edge Botswana to hand Broos two wins in a row

Mokoena scores stunning free-kick as Bafana edge Botswana to hand Broos two wins in a row
Tebogo Mokoena (Gallo Images)
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27 September 20:21

A Tebogo Mokoena free-kick in the first half earned Bafana Bafana a 1-0 win against neighbours Botswana at FNB Stadium on Tuesday.

In a much-changed starting XI that won Sierra Leone 4-0 on Saturday, head coach Hugo Broos entrusted two new faces to don the Bafana colours against the Zebras.

Sibongiseni Mthethwa and Siyanda Msani were handed their debuts as Veli Mothwa started in goal ahead of captain Ronwen Williams.

Ashley Du Preez, Pule Mmodi and Khanyisa Mayo led the attack, while Goodman Mosele and Mokoena played behind in midfield.

Meanwhile, Bafana regulars Khuliso Mudau, Siyanda Xulu and Rushine de Reuck completed the back four with new face Msani.

It was expected to be a tough match as combinations, especially in attack where would seem to offer problems, and that was the case throughout the game.

But Mokoena, who netted his fourth goal in senior national colours, ensured Broos earned his second win on the trot as Bafana boss, with the national team set to assemble in November again for a camp before the FIFA World Cup.

Broos wanted his charges to earn a confidence boost in this international window and got his wish as Bafana ran riot again on Tuesday except with less prolific finishing at the business end of the field.

Du Preez and Mayambela had chances to add gloss to the score-line but missed opportunities.

27 September 19:56

FULL-TIME: Bafana Bafana 1-0 Botswana

27 September 19:53

93' Seakanyeng now hits the woodwork as the Botswana forward beats Mothwa with his fierce strike.

27 September 19:52

91' CHANCE! Mayamabela hits the side post after weaving his way past the Botswana defence.

Unlucky!

27 September 19:52

87' CHANCE! Mayo again into space after Mudau sets him free. Mayambela is with him on the flank but Mayo does not see him and opts for the cross that is too high for Mmodi.

27 September 19:50

85' Mokoena in the clear and he darts forward with Mayambela and Mmodi playing catch up.

The Sundowns midfielder plays it square for Mayambela who attempts to dummy the ball hoping Mmodi gets a hold of it, only for a Botswana defender to clear the danger. 

27 September 19:45

83' Bafana change: Sithole comes on for Mthethwa.

27 September 19:44

81' CHANCE! Botswana are threatening and after a great corner kick and clearance from Bafana the ball eventually lands in the path of Mosha who just needed to get his effort on target to equalise but he skies it.

27 September 19:40

79' WOW! What a save Orebonye rounds Mothwa and Botswana are in with a chance to score. But De Reuck makes a heroic sliding save that blocks Orebonye's shot.

Brilliant defending but Botswana are searching for an equaliser.

27 September 19:38

72' Mayambela has joined the fray in place of Du Preez.

27 September 19:24

63' Substitution: Luke Le Roux has now come onto the field, with Mosele given a break. Broos makes his first and only change of the game so far.

27 September 19:20

54' We have to add after his blip with failing to honour a Bafana call-up, Mosele has come good under Broos and has shown his quality - in this fixture as well.

27 September 19:12

49' CHANCE! A teasing cross from Du Preez into the Botswana penalty area sees their defence failing to clear the danger as the ball lands to Mmodi.

However, the Golden Arrows forward has a bad first touch and the keeper rushes out to glove the ball just as he releases his shot.

27 September 19:05

As expected no changes for Bafana Bafana.

27 September 19:05

45' We're back. And the whistle sounded for the second-half.

27 September 18:53

The first-half was not, by all means, bad given that Broos has amended his starting XI. The front three certainly need to have faith in their ability and test the keeper more often. There is enough quality between the three of them to do so.

As the match progressed, the midfield trio of Mosele, Mokoena and Mthethwa began to find the gaps and made some crucial passes.

Bafana should earn a victory but can they score one or two more goals? We will have to wait and see, especially as coach Broos are likely to make some changes in the final 20 minutes of the second-half. 

27 September 18:48

HALF-TIME

27 September 18:47

42' That goal would give Bafana more freedom and a bit of calmness and confidence in how they move forward and attack. You'd think that Broos will keep the same 11 for the opening fifteen minutes of the second stanza.

27 September 18:42

It is his fourth goal in Bafana colours and I dare say (under correction) that is his second goal from a free-kick position.

27 September 18:42

None other than Tebogo Mokoena from a dead-ball situation. The Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder, from 20 yards out neat strikes a low, hard and dipping free-kick past Botswana's keeper.

27 September 18:40

38' GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!

27 September 18:39

35' Again and again - the decisions that the front three have made in prime opportunity positions in the field of play has always, up to this point of the game, been below par. 

We need better. We deserve better!

27 September 18:33

28' The Bafana midfield is finally seeing the gaps and Mokoena finds Du Preez, who makes the perfect run but a rush defence sees the Chiefs man pulls the trigger on a soft shot that the goalkeeper easily gloves.

27 September 18:31

26' CHANCE! Mmodi plays a searching ball towards Du Preez who uses his pace to his advantage.

The ball bounces and flights beyond Botswana goalkeeper Malapelaea's reach and Du Preez snatches it but another bounce allows the 'keeper to react quickly and blocks Du Preez's attempt at goal.

27 September 18:26

24' Bafana are static and the movement is not great and threatening enough. But it is understandable as this is the first time these players have been paired together.

27 September 18:24

22' Khanyisa Mayo strikes Bafana's first effort on goal with a free-kick that floats over the crossbar.

27 September 18:20

16' Not the most entertaining game. Poor decision-making from both teams, especially in the final third of the field. 

27 September 18:16

11' Botswana testing the waters offensively but Bafana has thus far defended well enough as no serious goal threat has occurred just yet. 

27 September 18:08

Only Mothwa, Mudau, Xulu, De Reuck, Mokoena and Mosele, who are starting this game, are regular Bafana call-ups - the others have gotten their first taste of donning the famous jersey.

27 September 18:06

4' Botswana seeing more of the ball at the moment in the opening stages of this encounter. 

We have to bare in mind that this is another new-look Bafana side compared to the team that started against Sierra Leone. 

27 September 18:01

1' The first half is now underway at FNB Stadium ...

27 September 17:17

Botswana XI: Malapelaea; Legopela, Molefe, Ditlhokwe (C), Gaolaolwe, Mohutsiwa, Ditsele, Cooper, Orebonye, Seakanyang, Setsile.

27 September 17:12

Bafana Bafana XI: Mothwa; Mudau, Xulu (C), De Reuck, Msani; Mthethwa, Mosele, Mokoena; Du Preez, Mmodi, Mayo.

27 September 14:06

*** KICK-OFF IS AT 18:00 ***

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27 September 13:58

Themba Zwane opened the scoring at the FNB Stadium in the 33rd minute before Mihlahi Mayambela added a second five minutes into the second half on his debut for the national team.

Zwane doubled his tally with 64 minutes on the clock and Aubrey Modiba completed the scoring.

27 September 13:55

Bafana Bafana will be hoping to make it two wins on the trot after their 4-0 thumping of Sierra Leone over the weekend.

27 September 13:45

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