Bafana let win slip at the dearth

Sunday World - - World Of Sport - Tshep­ang Mail­wane at Stade Du 4 Août, Burk­ina Faso

! Burk­ina Faso (0) 1 South Africa (0) 1 SHAKES Mashaba put his hands on his hips and won­dered how on earth Bafana Bafana let a vic­tory slip out of their hands so eas­ily here last night.

Bafana were on their way to a fan­tas­tic vic­tory in their open­ing 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier against Burk­ina Faso after mid­fielder Dean Fur­man scored a goal 10 min­utes from time to leave the Burk­in­abe supporters shell- shocked.

But sub­sti­tute Banou Di­awara drew the hosts level with a close-range fin­ish in stop­page time.

Any­one would be happy to col­lect a point away from home, but Bafana should not feel this way be­cause they re­ally should have won this game. More im­por­tantly, they re­ally should have cleared their lines be­fore Burk­ina Faso put the ball in the back of the net to send the ca­pac­ity crowd into rap­tures.

Fur­man, a man who was al­ways will­ing to take pic­tures with the lo­cals when­ever they asked, si­lenced the crowd with a goal but was left red-faced at the fi­nal whis­tle after Bafana failed to hold on for what would have been a fan­tas­tic vic­tory.

They made a good start to the game last night, send­ing out an early mes­sage with a long-range shot from Mpho Makola which went wide of goal in the first five min­utes.

Makola com­bined well with the likes of Fur­man, Kea­gan Dolly and Hlom­pho Kekana, who had his header in the 16th minute saved by the Burk­in­abe goal­keeper Koffi Herve.

Not to be out­done by the vis­i­tors on their turf, the Stal­lions found some rhythm and started get­ting for­ward us­ing the pace and skill of Pre­juce Nak­oulma, Ber­trand Traore and Jonathan Pitroipa.

The home side’s fans thought their team would go ahead when they were awarded a penalty after Ab­dou Razak Traore made a ram­pag­ing run into the box be­fore his shot connected with Mu­lo­mowan­dau Mathoho s hand in the 10th minute.

One of Burk­ina Faso’s he­roes, Pitroipa, stepped up to take the shot but had his ef­fort saved by goalie Itume­leng Khune. He made three more good saves in the first half to keep the vis­i­tors in the game.

Mashaba started with Eleazar Rodgers as the tar­get man up­front, ahead of Tham­sanqa Gabuza who has not been get­ting game time at Or­lando Pi­rates.

Alain Traore then missed a penalty in the 88th minute, but Di­awara res­cued the day with a last-gasp goal. It was a good per­for­mance from Bafana and Safa should not panic.

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