Bafana Bafana made a few changes to their starting line-up as compared to the team that started when the shared the spoils with Burkina Faso in the 2018 World Cup Qualifier in Ouagadougou, over the weekend.
On a windy Tuesday night Brighton Mhlongo, Abbubaker Mobara, Isaac Nhlapo, Ayanda Patosi, Oupa Manyisa, May Mahlangu found themselves singing the national anthem in the starting line up of the international friendly against the Black Stars of Ghana in Durban.
Ghana enjoyed much of the possession for most of the opening stages, but with their attacks being just a bit loose, they were not able to trouble the South African defense. The Black Stars quite clearly taking this match seriously, they fielded what looked like a decent team, with the likes of Jonathan Mensah at the back alongside the Leicester City duo of Jeff Schlupp and Daniel Amartey; on-loan Chelsea prodigy Christian Atsu alongside Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey in midfield, this team was not to be taken lightly by any stretch of the imagination
But it was in the 37th min when Bafana Bafana found themselves paying the price for some loose passing in front of their own box. Oupa Manyisa had his pass picked off by Harrison Afful, who was in turn fouled by Siyabonga Nhlapo for the penalty, from which Mubarak Wakaso smashes home from the penalty spot to give Ghana the lead as they went into the break.
Second half resumed with Bafana Bafana playing against the wind, but the South African came out guns blazing, with some enterprising play at the start of the stanza. Receiving a return pass from Sbusiso Vilakazi, Ayanda Patosi curler got the equalizer for Bafana Bafana in the 51st min from the edge of the box. What a beauty!
Feeling confident that he could get the Black Starts against the ropes Coach Mashaba made some changes with a double switch to bring on Mazola and Serero on for Mahlangu and Patosi the goal scorer (59th min). Gabuza replaced Vilakazi in the 67th. But not much was to come from it
In the last few minutes Ghana did well at knocking it around among themselves, but seldom threatened the SA goal. Both sides still wanting the win, and fighting till the death even though it looked like a stalemate as the 90th minute ticked by. If only Gabuza had hit the target, his miss in the dying minutes of the game, saw him blasts the chance well over the crossbar, in optional time. 1-1 it was when the final whistle went off.