Biz-Community (Cape Town)

5 June 2012

South Africa/Ethiopia: Bafana Share WC Qualifier Points With Minnows, Ethiopia

PRETORIA: South Africa's national football team, Bafana Bafana, complicated their journey to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil by playing to a 1-all draw with minnows Ethiopia at home on Sunday, 3 June 2012.

The East African visitors caused an upset with their early goal in the 27th minutes from Salahdin Said Ahmed, who capitalised from a blunder by Bafana's left back Tsepo Masilela, who was later replaced by Punch Masenamela.

Despite the goal that silenced their fans at the Royal Bafokeng stadium, Bafana continued to dominate their opening World Cup qualifier match as always squandering numerous goal scoring opportunities.

Ethiopia came close to snatching a win few minutes after half-time when Said caught Bafana defenders off-guard, but this time, he shot wide.

In the second-half, the Ethiopians made things difficult for Bafana by defending in numbers, but Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane made some changes to break down the visitors solid defence. '

He replaced Reneilwe "Yeye" Letsholonyane with Orlando Pirates midfielder, Oupa "Ace" Manyisa, Thanduyise Khuboni with Teko Modise, who significantly brought back Bafana's confidence.

As a result, Bafana equalised in the 77th minute through Katlego 'Killer' Mphela.

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