Bafana over-run youthful Gabon
South Africa have recorded a first win in nine matches after a 3-0 success over Gabon in a friendly international on Friday night.
Bafana Bafana could have won by a greater margin against a youthful Gabonese side, who were using the match to prepare their Under-23 side for the London Olympics.
The hosts came into the game needing a win to avoid a record-equalling ninth match without a win, but a far more positive selection from caretaker coach Steve Komphela meant they had much more verve about them.
Indeed, Teko Modise found himself one-on-one with Didier Ovono in the visitors’ goal on two occasions, but saw his first effort saved, and the second he wastefully put over the bar.
Punch Masenamela was also thwarted by Ovono in the opening period, while Tokelo Rantie fired over after being brilliantly set-up by May Mahlangu.
But the goal South African had been threatening arrived with three minutes to go to halftime. A free-kick from 25-yards was powerfully struck home by Siphowe Tshabalala, to add to his list of impressive goals for the national side.
It was much the same in the second period, South Africa pushing forward and Gabon offering little at the other end.
Their second goal was scored by Rantie on 68 minutes, his first in a national team jersey, after a brilliant throughball by Thulani Serero.
And it was 3-0 eight minutes later after more excellent build-up play, this time the veteran Siyabonga Nomvete laying on a chance for Mzikayise Mashaba and the Free State Stars winger provided a neat chipped finish.