Making a beautiful noise for the beautiful game
Bafana Bafana vs Guatemala turned in to a triumph last night in Polokwane for the home team when record were broken – Bafana skipper Aaron Mokoena wore a special jersey to celebrate his 100th cap as the Boyz slotted five goals into the net.
Bafana 5 – Guatemalo 0
Bafana 5 – Guatemala 0 was the final score. A brace from Katlego Mphela and one apiece from Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Surprise Moriri and Bernard Parker led South Africa to a record-breaking win.
Steven Pienaar, Letsholonyane and Teko Modise worked well in midfield in the first half.
Second Half Changes
A number of changes after the break by both coaches looked likely to slow the tempo of the game down in the second period. However, they had an opposite effect as Bafana picked up where they had left off. Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira made three changes in the break with Macbeth Sibaye on for Letsholonyane, Bryce Moon replacing Anele Ngcongca and Surprise Moriri coming on for Teko Modise.
One of those substitutes, Surprise Moriri, made an instant impact, scoring just three minutes after coming on. The Mamelodi Sundowns forward made it 3-0 by slotting home unchallenged in the centre of the box after being fed by Mphela.
Bernard Parker – Spectacular Goal
The most spectacular goal in this Bafana Bafana vs Guatemala tussle came from second half substitute and Confederations cup hero Bernard Parker, who picked up the ball on the sideline, beat two defenders and hit a shot from 25-yards across the goalkeeper and into the top corner.
The 63rd minute saw the introduction of Mathew Booth to thunderous shouts of “Boooooth” from the exuberant Polokwane crowd.
Steven Pienaar, who was impressive throughout, came inches from scoring in the 72nd minute with a fantastic free-kick that hit the top-corner of the cross-bar and upright.
Goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs
Bafana Stopper Moeneeb Josephs certainly put up his hand to be the team’s number one goalkeeper with an impressive performance and a magnificent save of a penalty from captain Guillermo Ramires after the inconsistent ref got it wrong.
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