Bafana, Warriors play thrilling draw

Thursday, March 4, 2010
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - World Cup host, Bafana Bafana, played an entertaining 1-1 draw against Namibia, during an international friendly encounter at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, on Wednesday night.

From the onset, Bafana Bafana were on fire, looking dangerous with their attacking football that kept them pushing forward towards the Brave Warriors defence.

After putting pressure on Namibian goalie Attiel Mbaha with some shots on target, Bafana continued to squander goal scoring opportunities that should have guaranteed them victory.

The visitors frustrated Bafana by playing defensive football and only capitalising on counter-attacks.

Even the brilliant moves and combination of Teko Modise (stand-in skipper), Siphiwe Tshabalala, Lebohang "cheese boy" Mokoena and Katlego Mphela could not penetrate the solid Namibian defence.

The Brave Warriors, who were ranked 111 ahead of the game, kept on threatening Bafana with counter attacks. Quinton Jacobs took a dangerous free-kick which saw Itumeleng Khune stretch up, but it went over the bar.

Namibia silenced the 35 000 crowd and temporarily spoiled the final 100 days countdown celebrations of the 2010 FIFA World Cup when Tjikuzu beat Bafana defender Bradley Carnell and crossed the ball to unmarked Bester to score.

Bradley Carnell, whose performance was below par, was replaced by Orlando Pirates left back, Lucas Thwala in the 61st minute.

Lance Davids and Cheese boy, who were a marvel to watch, were both substituted in the second half by Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Tlou Segolela.

Bafana coach Alberto Parreira also brought in Daine Klate and Bryce Moon to substitute Siphiwe Tshabalala and Anele Ngcongca in the 60th minute.

With only 20 minutes to go, Mamelodi Sundowns striker, Katlego Mphela, came to the rescue of the World Cup host nation, scoring an important equaliser.

It will come as a shock if Bradley Carnell will be part of the squad to be announced by Parreira later today for the upcoming training camp in his native country Brazil.

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