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Super Eagles take the Mandela Challenge

Match report: South Africa 0 Nigeria 2 2013 Nelson Mandela Challenge

Posted: 14 August 2013 Time: 10:24 pm

Bafana Bafana were beaten 2-0 by the Super Eagles in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Wednesday night.

Uche Nwofor came on for the second half and scored both goals for Nigeria, as Bafana suffered their sixth defeat in eight matches against the African champions.

Read: Bafana vs Nigeria AS IT HAPPENED!

Bafana and the Eagles both created their fair share of chances, but the visitors dominated overall, with Stephen Keshi’s shrewd second half substitutions tipping the balance.

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Despite a slow start to the match, John Ogu had the first shot of the game on four minutes, from outside the box, but it was way high and wide.

Thuso Phala was yellow carded as early as the fifth minute, when he tried to take a free-kick to quickly. The set-piece was easily cleared by Nigeria.

Nigeria’s first real chance came from a ball over the top, which left centre-backs Mulomowandau Mathoho and Thabo Nthethe at sixes and sevens. Nnamdi Oduamadi got to the ball, but the threat was intercepted by Itumeleng Khune.

The Super Eagles had another half chance on 16 minutes. The ball was swept out wide to Sunday Mba, who spun it back in from the left to Elderson Echiejile in the penalty area, who goes for an acrobatic volley that went over the bar.

Shortly after, Dean Furman collected the ball just outside the box and Bafana went on the counter. Bernard Parker sent the ball through to Tokelo Rantie, who made a strong run but could not beat Efe Ambrose and the ball went out for a corner.

On 24 minutes, Furman again collected the ball in the middle and scooped it out to Parker, who got behind the Nigeria defence and looked to combine with Siphiwe Tshabalala, but the ball was just in front of him.

On half an hour Nigeria came close, when Ogu hit a curler, which thumped the top corner post with Khune stranded.

A few minutes later Reneilwe Letsholonyane found Rantie outside the box, who burst through the Nigeria defence on a solo run and had a shot, but it was straight at Austin Ejide.

Nigeria went on the offensive in the next few minutes, with Obinna Nsofor and Ogu on target, but Khune dealt with the chances – the second in unconventional style, with his chin.

Rantie then hit the side netting, after making space for himself in the box, before Letsholonyane hit the ball straight against Godfrey Oboabona after a pass from Rantie.

Nigeria made three changes at the start of the second half, bringing on Victor Moses for Mba, Ahmed Musa for Nsofor and Nwofor for Shola Ameobi.

Parker forced a good save from Ejide at the start of the second half with a free-kick, and the Eagles captain managed to parry Nthethe's effort off the rebound.

Four minutes later Nwofor made it 1-0, scoring with a cheeky backheel after a cutback from Oduamadi, after some great play by Moses on the left to hold off Phala and skip past a couple of Bafana tackles.

Letsholonyane was set up by Luyolo Nomandela a few minutes later, but he sent his shot over the crossbar.

Nwofor made it 2-0 in the 68th minute with a one-touch goal after some great play by the Super Eagles. Moses skipped past his marker and played in Musa, who cut back to an unmarked Nwofor for a simple tap-in.

Igesund brought on Lerato Chabangu for Letsholonyane on 75 minutes, and he immediately took a shot at goal from outside the box after spotting Ejide off his line, but the ball was just over the bar.

10 minutes from time, Parker came close with a free-kick that beat the wall, but went just over the crossbar.

In injury time, ‘Shabba’ came close, after twisting past a couple of Nigeria defenders, but his shot was saved.

Shortly after, substitute Lebogang Manyama hit a last-gasp low shot on target, but it was inches wide.

South Africa: Khune, Masilela, Nthethe, Mathoho, Hlatshwayo, Letsholonyane (Chabangu 72), Furman, Tshabalala, Parker (Manyama 80), Phala (Nomandela 60), Rantie

Nigeria: Ejide, Oboabona, Echiejile, Ogu, Ambrose, Egwuekwe (Okwuosa 77), Ameobi (Nwofor 46), Oduamadi (Ideye 78), Onazi, Nsofor (Musa 46), Mba (Moses 46)

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Article by: Jennifer Malec

Previous comments on this story...

Matt/ 2.0
posted: 10:28 pm
Marc van Heerden: "Pinch me babe, I'm in Bafana BaChimps."

Matt and other OPFC supporters & sane South Africans say: "Pinch me uphinde ungincwebe futhi babe, kodwa angeke ngivuke kulelihlaya lephupo okuthiwa yi Bafana BaChimps. Ngaze ngaphupha izinto ezaphupha kudala bo! Kr kr kr kr lmfao!"

Igasende & his chimps have yet AGAIN dragged the nation through the mud. WORST of all, they've now dragged Madiba's name down there as well! Sies!!! Igasende is really racist ngempela, the audacity yokuhlaza nokuhlambalaza uMandela kanje? Yhoo hhayi nikhona Zebras and Igasende.

Despair not Madiba, la khona ba demalizer khona, i-Pirates izolungisa and ithunge for we all know you were a supporter of Pirates. Now bring on Zamalek!

Up The Bucs...
charmlingo
posted: 10:28 pm
Let me enjoy my wife
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:29 pm
Nasteé Nes' I saw your boy Musa blowing the suffocating dust to hydraulic knees Masilela... unfortunately it seems he has a bright future in Europe....
Mokwepa@dikolong
posted: 10:29 pm
Hang dem all together with the onc on the bench. Phala need a syringe with hot water in it
Khune we saw ur true colours.
Yeye i forgive u
i am nomore south african...i am English
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:30 pm
Nice and easy Sunday walk in the park for Nigeria... they didn't even get into second gear....
kola, us
posted: 10:31 pm
THAT WAS GOOD, HOPEFULLY IT TRANSLATE TO A WIN AGAINST MALAWI.

MOSES, MOSES , MOSES

UCHE NWAFOR, NWAFOR, NWAFOR.

THANK YOU JOHN OBUH
Juda de damn killer
posted: 10:31 pm
Gordin Igusend sucks big time! im done backing him, he can't select players & he can't subsitute. we need a new coach and new players only khune and MAYBE masilela must stay de rest must all go. manyama is promising nomandela is not bafana material
Takesure RDS
posted: 10:31 pm
Only fools n idiot thought bafana bafana would win against african champions,
i repeat we are not going anywhere with thing Mlungu GI, no brazil.
Everyone must sit down now n watch real kings of sa Orlando Pirates to run the show.
King Jali rules n this back pass Dead Furman is useless, we need only Khune from the Nazoorena High School
msenti15
posted: 10:32 pm
Yeye : man of the match hahahahaha kudlalwa ngathi-ke manje
speak out
posted: 10:32 pm
Sorry banana banana!
Eagles will always beat una!
Up super eagles! Up madiba!!
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:32 pm
[whistling] Whi whi whi whi whi whi.... O.O17.... Ogenyi Onazi #17......... whi whi whi whi whi whi whi... what a worthy player for The Dream team... a worthy competitor for Acccccccceeee... What's the availability of Ogeny "0.017 Decimal fraction" Onazi...?
Francois
posted: 10:32 pm
The Nigerian Dominance over South Africa continues.

Nigeria is Superior to South Africa in Football at every level. Bafana Bafana should understand that by now.

It was possible for Bafana to win, but it was a very very slim posibility.
msenti15
posted: 10:33 pm
if SHABBA and YEYE can still be selected why was Teko dropped then?
El Kampion
posted: 10:34 pm
A very poor looking Nigerian team(on paper), with a lot of determination…Keshi is going far with that team….

Today am sure people have seen how average Furman is…he can’t handle pressure, nothing special about that boy

Yeye, still a mystery what the hell he is doing in the national team…akekho lamasimba

Shabba, that chomp foot came into spotlight again…"some decisions needs to be made about this player"-Neil Tovey

Phala, my oh my…I arrest my case

Chiefs players just deteriorated Mandela's health...
Javi&manyiesta rock **
posted: 10:34 pm
Mzansi's funniest scored twice
Lady Goldilight
posted: 10:34 pm
I'm starting to agree with those who say it's Bafana Bafana get a new coach. I don't see this team going anywhere. Also, young players need to be given a chance. I'm Chiefs supporter, but I have to say that I'm starting to grow tired of seeing Yeye and Shabba in the national team.

I think it's high time these two just focus on Chiefs only. The defence let Khune down. Phala and Rantie should be excluded in the team for the time being since I really don't see their contributions.

THIS IS REALLY UNACCEPTABLE!!!
WE MORE YOUNGSTERS!!!
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:35 pm
Eish.... Unfortunetly the influence of the obnoxious media & corruption hungry referrees ends within the borders of SA Chipsies.... People out there don't buy this propaganda... habashwe...!
Good luck
posted: 10:36 pm
SO SOUTH AFRICAN NOW FIND EXCUSE CALLING SHABA, PHALA HAS LET US DOWN AFTER ALL THEIR MOUTHS THEY HAVE BEEN MAKING SINCE LAST WEEK THAT THEY WILL BEAT NAIJA. SOUTH AFRICAN PEOPLE WILL NEVER LEARN I TOLD YOU PEOPLE BEFORE THAT EVEN IN OUR DREAM YOUR BANANA BANANA CAN NEVER BEAT OUR DEAR SOLID SUPER EAGLES! UP NAIJA !!! UP SUPER EAGLES !!! UP KESHI !!! YEYE PEOPLES !!!
Lady Goldilight
posted: 10:36 pm
I'm starting to agree with those who say it's time Bafana Bafana get a new coach. I don't see this team going anywhere. Also, young players need to be given a chance. I'm Chiefs supporter, but I have to say that I'm starting to grow tired of seeing Yeye and Shabba in the national team.

I think it's high time these two just focus on Chiefs only. The defence let Khune down. Phala and Rantie should be excluded in the team for the time being since I really don't see their contributions.

THIS IS REALLY UNACCEPTABLE!!!
WE MORE NEED YOUNGSTERS!!!
Sir eeeemzaa walikhosi
posted: 10:36 pm
Mashamaite is 10 times better than the overrate Thabo Ntethe, mxm yesseess

k4l : let's hear
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