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Bafana beat Kenya with ease

[Posted 09 Feb 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Davide Somma scored his 1st goal for Bafana in only his second cap

 

South Africa's senior national soccer team Bafana Bafana overcame visiting Harambee Stars of Kenya 2-0 in an official friendly match played at World Cup venue, Royal Bafokeng Palace in Rustenberg, with goals from Davide Somma and stand-in captain Steven Pienaar.

The sweet victory was such a huge confidence booster for Bafana players ahead of the resumption of the 2012 African Nations qualifier, with Bafana facing ailing defending champions Egypt in a crucial tie for both sides.

With Leeds striker Somma in such irrestible form, coach Pitso Mosimane's strikeforce is shaping up beautifully, and the England-based striker celebrated his first goal for South Africa in only his second cap for his country, having made his debut against the USA in the Mandela Challenge Cup in November last year.

Somma, who was a real thorn in the Kenyan defence through out the encounter, scored the first goal of the match just after the 1st minute, turning in superbly a brilliant cross from the hugely gifted Anele Ngcongca from the right flank.

Bafana, with Somma particularly threatening,spurned several chances in the first half, with the Leeds striker missing about three chances, and Siphiwe Tshabalala was unfortunate not to register a goal from a brilliant free kick effort in the 19th minute.

Stand-in captain Pienaar really made things hapen for Bafana from midfield, where he drifted from left, right and attacked the Harambee stars from all angles. His industry was to be rewarded with a goal just before Half Time.

The Tottenham Hotpsures midfielder showed killer instinct in the box when he fired home from a tight angle in a crowded box, to give Bafana a 2-0 cushion.

In the second half, Kenya's hopes were pinned on exciting midfielder Denis Oliech, whose isolated display could not help the Kenyans to restore parity.

Both teams utilised their substitutions in the second half, but the s coreline remained 2-0 when the final whistle sounded.

Teams:

SA: (4-4-2) Khune; Ngcongca (Gaxa 78), Sangweni, Khumalo (Gould 46), Tom; Pienaar (Letsholonyane 65), Jali, Khuboni (Pattison 84), Tshabalala; Parker (Serero 71), Somma (Fanteni 73)

Kenya: (4-4-2) Onyango; Maloba, M. Mohammed (Wahoma 78), Ochieng, Wamalwa (Atudo 55); Omondi (Mugalia 57), Omollo, J. Mohammed (Okoth 68), Oliech; Mugube (Were 56), Gateri (Kimani 64)

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