Bongani Zungu celebrates his goal
Sunday Nov 30, 2014. 17:07
South Africa have beaten Ivory Coast 2-0 in in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
Bongani Zungu and David Zulu did the damage for Shakes Mashaba's team.
South Africa started well and had the ball in the back of the net in just the 2nd minute when Vuyisile Wana ran onto a Bongani Zungu through ball and crossed to Puleng Tlolane, who netted from close range.
The assistant referee, however, called for offside even though it was a very close call.
Then, in the 8th minute Vuyisile Wana cut inside from the left wing and took a long range shot only to see the ball fly wildly over the bar.
In the 28th minute Wana again got into space down the left wing and created problems with his pace and power, but he powered his shot way over the goals.
Themba Zwane came close to a second goal just before half time when he chased a long ball but the Ivorian goalkeeper did well to get to the ball first and avert the danger.
In the second half, Bafana continued where they left off with more attacks and their efforts were rewarded when Zulu slotted home in the 53rd minute after the keeper failed to clear the ball and he easily slotted the ball into the empty net.
In the 66th minute, Zungu continued to give the Ivorians a headache through his control of the midfield and ability to spread passes around.
He sent a killer pass to Wana but his effort lacked power and didn’t trouble the Ivorian shot stopper.
A few minutes later, Mabokgwane denied Diomande Ibrahim a chance to score for the visitors in a one-one as he read the move and safely held on.
In the 90th minute, the Elephants tried all they could but their efforts were in vain as the South African defence was stable to deny them a goal with Dumisani Msibi’s handling ensuring Shakes Mashaba’s boys retain the trophy.
South Africa (Zungu 31’, D. Zulu 53’)
Ivory Coast 0