Cameroon here we come

Bax­ter’s boys in big­gest vic­tory

Sunday World - - Sport - By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa at FNB Sta­dium

It was a walk in the park for Bafana Bafana as they hu­mil­i­ated min­nows Sey­chelles 6-0 to record their big­gest win ever here yes­ter­day.

The thrash­ing of the In­dian Ocean Is­landers boosts Bafana’s chances of qual­i­fy­ing in Group E of the Africa Cup of Na­tions fi­nals to be hosted by Cameroon next year.

An own goal by Nigel Hoareau cou­pled by goals from Thu­lani Hlatshwayo, Le­bo­gang Moth­iba, Percy Tau, Dino Ndlovu and Te­boho Mokoena en­sured his­tory was made on the day.

South Africa, ranked 73rd in world foot­ball and Sey­chelles, placed 189th, are worlds apart in terms of their stan­dard of foot­ball. It showed out there on the pitch in both halves as Stu­art Bax­ter’s men out­classed the is­landers.

Bafana didn’t en­joy much sup­port and about 15 000 fans made their way to the 90 000seater FNB Sta­dium.

Bel­gium-based Tau could have in­creased South Africa’s tally be­fore the in­ter­val, but Romeo Barra was equal to the task as he ex­e­cuted a save.

It took Bafana a bit of time to get go­ing in the sec­ond half, but they were able to add three more cru­cial goals.

France-based Moth­iba missed with a keeper to beat early on, but Tau fi­nally added his name to the score­sheet in the 74th minute af­ter a frus­trat­ing time of fail­ing to con­vert.

Bafana’s two sub­sti­tutes, Ndlovu and Mokoena, en­sured the na­tional team’s big­gest win since re-ad­mis­sion to Fifa and in­ter­na­tional foot­ball in 1992.

Based on what Bafana fo­cused on at train­ing, they did well to fin­ish what they started at Steyn School City in Four­ways, north of Johannesburg, where the em­pha­sis was on a pacey and fast ap­proach.

The Sey­chelles rarely got out of their own half, show­ing a huge dif­fer­ence in the lev­els of foot­ball be­tween the two na­tions. Bafana en­joyed about 72% of ball pos­ses­sion in this one-sided clash.

If Bafana can main­tain the mo­men­tum, a sec­ond win in a row is guar­an­teed in the Sey­chelles.

Bafana will leave to­day for the re­turn leg on Tues­day and a win there would al­most guar­an­tee qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the tour­na­ment.

■ In an­other Group E match, Nige­ria beat Libya 4-0 in Uyo, Nige­ria, yes­ter­day.

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