NDOLA, ZAMBIA– BafanaBafana have progressed to the final of a four-nation friendly football tournament being hosted by Zambia after defeating Angola 6-5 on penalties at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola in northern Zambia Wednesday.
With the scoreline at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the match went straight into a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner. After the initial five penalties, it was still all-square at 4-4, and it needed a sudden death shoot-out to see who plays the winner of Zimbabwe-Zambia encounter in Saturday’s final.
Bafana goalkeeper Darren Keet pulled off a crucial save in the shoot-out and substitute SibusisoVilakazi stuck the winning penalty goal for South Africa. Earlier, Angola had made the early running in the match as Bafana looked to just settle down and find their feet.
The South Africans finally got into gear, with Reeve Frosler finding space down the right flank drill in a great cross, but Aubrey Modibe’s header was saved by Angolan goalkeeper LandoMavanga.
With both teams then accustomed to their surroundings, the game opened up and opportunities were created, with Dean Furman shooting narrowly wide for Bafana, and HerenilsonCarmo forcing a save from Keet.
In the 31st minute, Angola took a 1-0 lead. Bafana central defender BuhleMkhwanazi’s poorly-placed back-pass to Keet was intercepted by Djalma Campo and the attacker was able to comfortably steer the ball into the net.
SifisoHlanti could have equalised for Bafana just before the break, but his effort sailed over crossbar.
Five minutes into the second half, Bafana drew level at 1-1 when Lebo Mothiba netted with a cheeky back heel.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK