Bafana held by neighbours Namibia in Rustenburg


Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki could have a few issues to ponder about after seeing his facet needlessly labouring to a 1-1 draw towards neighbours Namibia in a world pleasant on the Royal Bafokeng Palace in Phokeng on Thursday evening.

Though Bafana put sufficient strain to drive the Namibians to provide away possession that led to Bafana’s objective within the 19th minute, Ntseki will fear that his fees couldn’t end a single opening of their very own making.

However the largest concern for Ntseki may also come from the truth that Bafana couldn’t maintain on to their lead as they allowed the Namibians to equalise with a well-taken strike by Absalom Limbondi, ten minutes after the break.

Luther Singh acquired his first official objective for Bafana after proper winger Keegan Dolly fed a unfastened to Kermit Erasmus who laid a superb go to Singh to beat Virgil Vries, the Moroka Swallows goalkeeper, in Namibia’s objective.

Bafana might have paid extra for his or her sloppiness as they might not take their possibilities within the first 45 minutes wherein, enjoying in a Four-Three-Three formation, that they had 61 % of the ball possession however didn’t create as many clear lower possibilities to extend their lead towards a workforce that they had overwhelmed seven instances in ten earlier ties.

Ntseki’s workforce might have been punished by Mamelodi Sundowns-bound Namibia striker Peter Shalulile who acquired higher of Bafana debutant Thibang Phete solely to see his strike going broad off Ronwen Williams publish on the stroke of half time.

The 26-year-old Phete, who performs for Belenenses within the Portuguese league, seemed comfy enjoying alongside Mosa Lebusa within the coronary heart of Bafana’s four-man defence that was accomplished by roving wingers Harmless Maela on the left and Abobaker Mobara on the proper.

Bafana’s two different debutants Thabo Nodada and Siyethemba Sithebe a gentle recreation within the midfield they usually might do nothing to stop Namibia discovering a deserved equaliser as South Africa went to sleep initially of the second stanza.

Ultimately there’s little that Ntseki will enthuse about when trying again at this match as his workforce seemed an increasing number of disjointed and susceptible on the again as he made a number of adjustments within the second half.

Ntseki’s adjustments included that of goalkeeper Ricardo Goss who made a terrific save to disclaim Elmo Kambindu a second objective for the Courageous Warriors of Namibia within the 75th minute.

Ntseki had repeatedly mentioned earlier than the beginning of this match that he needed to see his gamers difficult him in order that he might think about a few of them for the 2 important Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers towards islanders Sao Tome & Principe in November.

As per Covid-19 laws in SA, this match was performed with out the followers on the stands and the identical laws will apply when Bafana tackle Zambia at this very stadium at 3pm on Sunday.