South Africa end winless run by whipping Gabon

South Africa ended an eight-match winless run by outclassing Gabon 3-0 at chilly Mbombela Stadium Friday in a lively friendly match.

Captain Siphiwe Tshabalala converted a late first-half free kick to put Bafana Bafana (The Boys) ahead and Tokelo Rantie and Mzikayise Mashaba hit second-half goals.

Since defeating Burkina Faso by the same score in a friendly last August, South Africa have lost to Niger and Zimbabwe and drawn with Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, Ethiopia and Botswana.

The home draw with Ethiopia in a 2014 World Cup qualifier two weeks ago led to coach Pitso Mosimane being sacked and assistant Steve Komphela was appointed caretaker boss of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations hosts.

Komphela, who led unfashionable Free State Stars to a top-eight finish in the South African Premiership last season, is among five candidates to succeed $125,000-a-month Mosimane.

Fellow local coaches Gavin Hunt, Gordon Igesund, Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba and 1996 Cup of Nations-winning captain Neil Tovey were interviewed Thursday and Komphela will meet a South African Football Association panel next week.

Igesund has guided four clubs to the Premiership title and transformed Moroka Swallows from relegation candidates to league runners-up last season and would be a popular public and media choice.

But 44-year-old former national team captain Komphela did his chances no harm as his experimental team lacking captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Steven Pienaar displayed clinical finishing long missing from Bafana Bafana sides.

After finding the net only five times in the eight winless outings, it took South Africa 42 minutes to make a breakthrough against opponents lacking stars like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Daniel Cousin.

Having taken an age to execute a free kick, Tshabalala lifted the ball over a defensive wall and into the near corner of the net beyond goalkeeper Didier Ovono.

A superb through ball from substitute Thulani Serero sent Rantie clear on 68 minutes and he hammered the ball across the goalkeeper and into the far corner to the delight of fans wrapped up against the winter cold.

Substitute Mzikayise Mashaba claimed the third goal eight minutes later by bursting past a defender and then delicately chipping the ball over Ovono to complete the best Bafana Bafana showing for some time.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Developers prepare for new rules and regulations
    Developers prepare for new rules and regulations

    Known as the "Subdivision and Condominium Buyers' Protective Decree," Presidential Decree No. 957 issued two sets of revised implementing rules and regulations (IRRs) earlier in 2015. A bill initiated by former President Ferdinand Marcos in 1976, the decree and its most recent amendments were designed to "protect buyers from fraudulent and unscrupulous subdivision and condominium sellers, operators and developers," according to the explanatory note that accompanied the bill in its senate …

  • Tsunami warning after Papua New Guinea hit by 7.5 quake
    Tsunami warning after Papua New Guinea hit by 7.5 quake

    A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Monday, US seismologists said, with "hazardous" tsunami waves possible in areas near the epicentre although no major damage was immediately reported. The quake hit at a depth of 33 kilometres (20 miles), some 55 kilometres from the nearest city of Kokopo on New Britain island and 787 kilometres from the capital Port Moresby, the United States Geological Survey said. "Based on all available data... hazardous tsunami waves …

  • ‘Get SAF 44 killers before BBL passage’
    ‘Get SAF 44 killers before BBL passage’

    Lawmakers are demanding the arrest of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters involved in the killing of 44 policemen in Mamasapano before the approval of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress. Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the 75-member ad hoc committee in the House of Representatives deliberating on the BBL, prodded the Department of Justice (DOJ) to speed up its investigation and file charges against the MILF guerrillas as the Aquino administration …

  • Pinoys dance for Earth Hour
    Pinoys dance for Earth Hour

    The Philippines once again displayed its support Saturday night for the worldwide observance of Earth Hour by hosting a dance party after turning the lights off from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. to save energy and make a statement on various environmental issues. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said widespread participation proved anew that no individual action on climate change is too small and that no collective vision is too big with celebrations in over 7,000 hubs in 170 countries. The WWF said …

  • Phl offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China
    Phl offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

    The Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The quid pro quo was contained in a note verbale the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) handed to a representative of the Malaysian embassy last week, a week after the visit of Malaysian Defense Minister Dato  Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. The note verbale, a copy of which was obtained by VERA Files, referred to the May 6, 2009 joint submission …

  • Maysak to enter Phl Wednesday
    Maysak to enter Phl Wednesday

    A typhoon with international name Maysak is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday and bring rains over Northern Luzon by weekend, the state weather bureau said yesterday. Aldczar Aurelio, weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said the typhoon was 2,810 kilometers east of Mindanao as of 10 a.m. yesterday. “This typhoon is still too far to affect any part of the country,” the weather …

  • Nonviolent disciplining of kids pushed

    Child rights advocates called on senators to pass and strongly endorse a law that will institutionalize positive and nonviolent methods of disciplining children.The Child Rights Network (CRN), Plan International Philippines (PIP), Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLPCD), and Lihok Pilipinas Foundation led the call for the enactment of the Positive Discipline Bill.Several Quezon City Council members led by Majority Floor Leader Jesus Manuel Suntay, Victor Ferrer …

  • Method to their madness

    [caption id="attachment_256768" align="alignright" width="212"] Illustration by Rod Cañalita[/caption] EMMANUEL PORTUGAL Country Manager for the Philippines, VMware I look after the garden. I’d like to think that I have a green thumb—no plants have died so far! The ones I like now that I planted a few months ago is the Blue Iris. Like the town in the movie, my Blue Iris shows up in the morning and only appears for one day. …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options