South Africa set new un­beaten record

New Straits Times - - Sport -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG: South Africa stretched an un­beaten run to a record 16 matches on Satur­day with a 3-1 friendly in­ter­na­tional vic­tory over Guinea-Bis­sau in Dur­ban.

Ker­mit Eras­mus and Andile Jali con­verted penal­ties and Percy Tau scored on de­but for Bafana Bafana at a wet and windy Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium.

Djalo Balde scored for GuineaBis­sau, whose qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions ranks among the great­est shocks in the 60-year com­pe­ti­tion.

The South African un­beaten streak be­gan in Oc­to­ber 2015 with a vic­tory in An­gola and in­cludes nine vic­to­ries and seven draws and a 31-14 goal tally.

Be­tween 1994 and 1996, South Africa went un­beaten in 15 matches be­fore los­ing a Cup of Na­tions group game to Egypt in Soweto.

Eras­mus scored on 36 min­utes and Tau on 69 min­utes be­fore Balde set up a tense fin­ish by halv­ing the deficit 12 min­utes from time.

Sub­sti­tute Jali net­ted a minute from time to put beyond doubt the out­come of the first meet­ing be­tween South Africa and Guinea-Bis­sau.

Guinea-Bis­sau, who held hosts Gabon and lost nar­rowly to even­tual cham­pi­ons Cameroon in their Cup of Na­tions de­but, rarely play friendlies due to scarce fi­nan­cial re­sources.

Brazil­ian Roberto Bianchi made a dis­ap­point­ing de­but as An­gola coach with an own-goal seal­ing a 2-0 de­feat by Mozam­bique in Ma­puto.

Cle­sio Bauque put the Mam­bas ahead on 57 min­utes and Here­nil­son con­ceded the own-goal 17 min­utes from time.

An­gola, who com­peted at the 2006 World Cup in Ger­many but are now ranked 45th of 54 African foot­ball na­tions, play South Africa in East Lon­don to­mor­row.

Bel­gium-based Mb­wana Sa­matta struck early and late goals to se­cure Tan­za­nia a 2-0 win over Botswana in Dar es Salaam. AFP

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