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WED 25 MARCH 2015, 19:00, LOBAMBA

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Bafana beat neighbours Swaziland

by Bertin Basson

Wed March 25, 21:12

Bafana Bafana beat Swaziland 3-1 in an international friendly played at the Somhlolo Stadium in Mbabane on Wednesday evening.

Second-half goals from Thulani Hlatshwayo, Thabo Mnyamane and Mandla Masango securing a moral boosting win for South Africa ahead of their meeting with Nigeria at the weekend.

South Africa bossed the early exchanges, but found it difficult to break down a resilient Swazi defensive line with the visitors' first shot in anger falling to Mnyamane just before the half-hour mark.

The hosts found their feet as the first-half grew on, with the King's Shield growing more confident as the stands continued to fill-up.

Swaziland attacked relentlessly with half-time approaching, but South Africa held firm, the two teams deadlocked at the break.

Shakes Mashaba's troops came out firing after the interval with captain Hlatshwayo netting the opener in the 51st minute. The Bidvest Wits defender heading in a free-kick following a foul on Siphelele Ntshangase.

The dust had hardly settled when Mnyamane made it 2-0 for Bafana Bafana. The AmaTuks striker scoring on debut after receiving a precise pass from Thulani Serero.

Former Jomo Cosmos man Felix Badenhorst pulled one back for the home side with 62 minutes on the clock.

Masango made sure of the result for the visitors with four minutes remaining as Bafana Bafana kept their unbeaten record against their neighbours intact.

Bafana Bafana next face the Super Eagles in an international friendly at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Sunday, 29 March.

Bafana Bafana starting XI: Itumeleng Khune, Thapelo Morena, Thabo Matlaba, Thulani Hlatshwayo (c), Daniel Cardoso, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Cole Alexander, Thulani Serero, Ayanda Patosi, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Thabo Mnyamane

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
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