Brave Eswatini hold South Africa

Brave Eswatini hold South Africa
Aubrey Modiba of South Africa challenged by Njabulo Magagula of Eswatini during the 2023 International Friendly match between South Africa and Eswatini at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on the 13 October 2023 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Oct 13, 2023. 20:17

South Africa and Eswatini played to a 0-0 draw in an international friendly match at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday night.

Bafana Bafana will now square off with Ivory Coast in Abidjan on Tuesday, while Sihlangu Semnikati will go head-to-head with Botswana in Lobatse on Monday.

Bafana controlled the match from the first whistle with Mihlali Mayambela looking lively and Sihlangu Semnikati were happy to sit back and launch quick counterattacks.

Mayambela set up Themba Zwane who was denied by goalkeeper Khanyakwezwe Shabalala from close range in the fifth minute following a quick move by the hosts.

The Aris Limassol star then combined with Khanyisa Mayo who unleashed a low shot which was well saved by Shabalala in the 27th minute and the score was 0-0 at half-time.

Bafana applied pressure on the visitors’ defence after the restart and substitutes Bongokuhle Hlongwane and Mduduzi Mdantsane failed to score from close range in the 64th minute.

Sihlangu Semnikati then stood firm at the back and they launched a few chances in the latter stages of the game, but they couldn’t beat keeper Veli Mothwa and the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

South Africa: Mothwa, Mobbie, Modiba (Mako 64′), Xulu (Kekana 64′), Sibisi, Mokoena (Mthethwa 46′), Blom (Lepasa 75′), Zwane (Mdantsane 46′), Mayo, Mayambela (Hlongwane 46′), Foster.

Eswatini: K. Shabalala, Twala, Myeni, Magagula (S. Shabalala 86′), Matshe, P. Mkhontfo (N. Dlamini 64′), Mathebula, Ginidza, Manana, Mabelesa, M. Mkhontfo.

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