BAFANA surrender TWO-GOAL LEAD
After a superior start with 10 men on the field, the team loses the plot and lets Zambia in
A10-man South African team surrendered a twogoal lead in a first-leg, thirdround African Nations Championship qualifier to be held to a 2-2 draw by Zambia at Buffalo City Stadium in East London yesterday.
Bafana Bafana were by far the superior team in the first half and made their dominance clear with the opening goal in the 31st minute, after Gift Motupa poked the ball home following a corner kick.
South Africa were bitterly unlucky not to double their lead in the closing minutes of the opening half when Motupa broke behind the Zambian defence and crossed for Ryan Moon, who saw his shot cleared off the line.
Seven minutes into the second half, South Africa found their second goal when Mario Booysen turned home another well-worked corner kick.
That was about as good as it got for Bafana, who tried to defend their lead, but only allowed Zambia to push forward in attack and turn the screws.
On the hour mark, Zambia pulled a goal back when Martin Phiri headed the ball into the back of the net after meeting a pinpoint cross.
Matters went from bad to worse for South Africa, who were reduced to 10 men in the 90th minute after Tercious Malepe was shown a red card following a second bookable offence.
Being a man down, Bafana were left short in defence and Zambia took full advantage of this situation when Augustine Mulenga volleyed home from the edge of the box in the dying seconds of the game.
Having conceded two goals at home, South Africa will have a lot to do in the return leg of this thirdround tie, which will be held next weekend in Zambia. – BackpageTXT