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Evidence Mokgopa scores brace on international debut as Bafana beat Uganda

By Mihlali Baleka 18m in the past

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JOHANNESBURG – The “proposed new dawn” obtained off to a super begin for Bafana Bafana. The South Africans who’re earmarking to show new leaf with a youthful choice came-from-behind to beat Uganda 3-2 in an international pleasant at Orlando Stadium, Soweto, on Thursday evening.



Late in March, the South African Football Association fired coach Molefi Ntseki after his epic failure to information the group to the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon subsequent year. He was changed by Hugo Broos who preached a brand new strategy, which included integrating kids.

But that new period would begin with out him as he had to return house to get his second jab of the Covid-19 vaccine, with assistants Cedomir Janevski and Helman Makhalele anticipated to supervise Bafana’s conflict in opposition to Uganda. Bafana build-up plans this week hit a snag although.

Senior gamers, together with Percy Tau, and assistant Janevski had been dominated out of the match after testing constructive for Covid-19. That meant that Mkhalele needed to maintain the fort alone within the dugout. The latter’s strategy was fairly weird, beginning with six defenders in a pleasant at house.

Mkhalele’s beginning line-up, which included seven debutants, had solely two Bafana skilled gamers: Ronwen Williams and Innocent Maela (each 29). Williams and Maela, had been solely the 2 gamers who had been within the Afcon finals in Egypt in 2019 the place Bafana completed within the quarterfinal.

After the whistle went off, the South Africans seemed to be probably the most assured on the ball as they dominated the higher share of the possession – with Siphelele Mkhulise the liveware. But that dominance didn’t final for lengthy as the guests used their first actual likelihood going ahead.

Captain Emmanuel Okwi raced his means into the sting of Bafana’s field earlier than whipping in a curling cross which sailed behind Bafana’s defence earlier than discovering Ibrahim Orit whose diving header rattled the roof of the web – the guests within the driving seat early on.

Things practically obtained worse for the house aspect. Defender Nkosinathi Sibisi rattled his clearance in opposition to an onrushing Okwi who collected the rebound, raced his approach to the field earlier than hitting his pin-point shot vast off the goal-post of Bafana goalkeeper and captain Williams.

The first half might have belonged to the guests, however the introduction of PSL Footballer of the Season shedding finalist Thabiso Kutumela and Young Player of the Season Evidence Mokgopa throughout halftime gave the South Africans a breath of contemporary air – as they turned the sport on its tide.

The duo troubled Uganda’s defence early within the second half, earlier than combining to search out the equaliser. On the sting of the field, Kutumela teed up an onrushing Mokgopa who sided his effort previous Isima Watenga. From thereon, the South Africans grew in confidence going ahead.

As a end result, Maritzburg United striker Bongokuhle Hlongwane accomplished the turnaround for Bafana, guiding a roller effort, which hit the underside of the upright, into the underside nook. Mokgopa had a dream international debut, scoring his brace after a close-range effort.

The Ugandans, although, weren’t taking place with no struggle as Abdul Lumala reduce down the deficit after beating Williams from close-range. Bafana hung on for a win. Although, it was not a convincing outing for the youthful group, the win will give them confidence going ahead.

@Mihlalibaleka

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