13 Jan Bafana off to a winning start at the CHAN Tournament

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund believes that their chances of progressing to the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship have been greatly enhanced following a 3-1 win over neighbours Mozambique in the opening game at Cape Town stadium. South Africa came back from one-nil down to score a victory that puts them on top of Group A on goal difference. Igesund says this win sets the tone for the tournament…

The goal scored by Mozambique was the first against South Africa in five matches between the two teams. The goal came against the run of play and coach Joao Chissano admits that the hosts were all over them and they had to change the system of play…

Bafana squandered several goal scoring opportunities and it could come back to haunt them later in the group stages but Igesund is happy that opportunities are being created…

The CHAN tournament is only limited to players playing in the domestic league and is an opportunity to usher in the youth brigade. Ajax Cape Town’s Thato Mokeke, Platinum Stars’ Lindokuhle Mbatha and Moroka Swallow’s Asavela Mbekile made their international debuts on the night and Igesund was a happy man…

After Nigeria’s 2-1 loss to Mali, the next two games are going to be very tough for both teams. Chissano says they will fight all the way to proceed to the last eight but their meeting against the Super Eagles is set to produce fireworks…

Weather conditions in Cape Town ahead of this game were perfect and many expected Bafana to play their usual quick passing game but this was not helped by the grounds men who over watered just before the game. The pitch was slippery but Igesund was complimentary of the grounds men…Journalist: Velile Mbuli
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