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African friendlies results

[Posted 12 Aug 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
The SA v Ghana match was the highlight of African friendlies on Wednesday

Many African national teams had lined up friendly matches to prepare for the opening matches of the 2012 AFCON qualifiers due to commence in September this year.  Below are the results of the major matches.

South Africa 1-0 Ghana

On Wednesday night, new Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane had a perfect opportunity to silence his critics at home and prove to all and sundry that he has a strategy to see Bafana scale new heights under his reign. Jingles did not disappoint on the night, and came up with an attacking strategy which saw Ghana play second fiddle for almost 80% of the match.

Bafana dominated the midfield with the quartet of Thandiyise Khuboni, Macbeth Sibaya, Steven Pienaar and Siphiwe Tshabalala playing a game of their lives. The Black stars midfield which lacked the gritty of Sulley Muntari and the vision of Kevin Prince Boateng, but still had the industry and skills of world cup stars such as Andre 'Dede' Ayew, Kwadoh Asamoah and Annan, played a subdued game, until late in the second half. 

It was from midfield dominance that Bafana launched numerous raids on the Ghanaian goal, and on three such occasions, Kingson came to the rescue of the Black stars in the first half. There was nothing that Kingson could do however, to Katlego Mphela's response to a sublime piece of brilliance from midfield maestro Pienaar's pass in the 42nd minute which Mphela cooly slotted past a desperately diving Kingson. That was the only goal of the match, which game Mosimane a perfect start to his reign as Bafana coach. 

Mali 0-2 Guinea

Mali suffered a demoralising 0-2 loss at the hands of Guinea in Marignane, France. The Syli National, coached by Frenchman  Michel Dussuyer scored goals through Kamil Zayatte of Hull City and Bundesliga 2 based Ibrahima Traoré of FC Augsburg. Mali's star-studded outfit needs a quick response to their fusion problems. The team struggled at the 2010 Nations Cup in Angola and failed to qualify for the World Cup inspite of the presence of stars such as the Spain-based trio of Mahamadou Diarra (Real Madrid), Seydou Keita (Barcelona) and Frederick Kanoute (Sevilla).  Mali are in the AFCON qualifying Group A  with Zimbabwe, Cape Verde and Liberia.

Senegal 1-0 Cape Verde

Games between neighbours normally end in stalemate because teams are usually very familiar with each other's type of play, strengths and weaknesses. This almost happened between the two West-African neighbours, but Senegal, despite boasting many stars in their team, could only afford a slim victory against their neighbours. Manchester United's new signing Mame Birame Diouf scored the only goal of the match from a well taken corner by Ndiaye Dème Ndiaye in the 46th minute of the game.

Ivory Coast 1-0 Italy

Kolo Toure headed a second half winner over Italy in the friendly match which was played in London, England on the 10th August. The Elephants are without a subtantive coach following the resignation of Sven Eriksson following contractual negotiations breakdown. The Ivory Coast Football Federation has also failed in its bid to lure former Elephants Assistant coach Gerard Gilli. The two parties have not agreed on the technical team set-up for the national team. Gilli reportedly preferred to bring his own coaching staff, while the FIF insisted on having local coaches forming the rest of the technical staff. Why the two parties failed to even reach a compromise on the matter is difficult to understand. The FIF could retain the caretaker coach Francois Zahoui as an assistant to Gilli, while the Frenchman could bring one or two of his own assistants. 

Egypt 6-3 DR Congo

Hosts and defending African champions Egypt played to a nine goal thriller with DR Congo on Wednesday night.   The hosts scored  goals through double scorer Ahmed Ali of Ismaily, Ahmed Fathy, Mohammed Aboutrika and captain Ahmed Hassan. DR Congo scored through a Zola Matoumona double, and a goal from Diba Ilunga.

Other friendly results

Malawi 1-1 Botswana – AFCON Qualifier

Chad 1-3 Tunisia - AFCON Qualifier

Tanzania 1-1 Kenya

Mozambique 2-1 Swaziland

South Korea 2-1 Nigeria

Poland 0-3 Cameroon

Angola 0-2 Uruguay

Burkina Faso 3-0 Congo

Benin 0-0 Niger


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