World Cup qualification heartbreak for Bafana
Siphiwe Tshabalala of South Africa holds off Galabgwe Moyana of Botswana during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between South Africa and Botswana from Moses Mabhida Stadium on September 07, 2013 in Durban, South Africa. Bafana Bafana’s hopes of reaching the World Cup in Brazil next year ended in heartbreak despite a Bernard Parker brace propelling them to an emphatic 4-1 victory over Botswana in their final qualifying match in Durban on Saturday afternoon. The hosts needed to win the game to have any hope of reaching the global spectacle next year, which they did, but Group A leaders Ethiopia, who they needed to either lose or draw against Central African Republic, were instead 2-1 victors.
Dean Furman of South Africa celebrates his goal uring the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between South Africa and Botswana from Moses Mabhida Stadium on September 07, 2013 in Durban, South Africa. Jerome Ramatlhakwna pulled one back in the 73rd minute, before Kaizer Chiefs forward Parker scored a free-kick and a penalty in the closing stages to seal the win for Gordon Igesund’s team.
At the start, Kagisho Dikgacoi had the first opening for the hosts eight minutes in — two chances coming within the space of seconds as the midfielder burst through the middle and fired a rising shot straight into the palms of Kabelo Dambe. The ball then rebounded to the Crystal Palace man, whose second shot was excellently blocked by the goalkeeper diving to his left.
Botswana hit back on the counter, and after the ball was cleared for a corner kick, Joel Mogorosi headed straight over.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CitizenSimilar Stories