South Africa Put 4 Past Hapless Namibia

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar November 5, 2018 15:47

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South Africa Put 4 Past Hapless Namibia

By Satish Sekar in Polokwane © Satish Sekar (June 5th 2018)

Luther Singh paid the price for his casual penalty dropping to the bench. He watched his team-mates show how it should be done as the Bafana Bafana trounced Namibia 4-1. Coach Ricardo Mannetti acknowledged that they could not defend that badly and expect to win.
As early as the third minute Maximilan Mbaeva had to be on his toes to deny Lebohang Maboe. Aubrey Modiba caused problems to the Brave Warriors’ defence, culminating in Anais Gebhart’s indiscretion – stopping Modiba with his hand. Modiba scored the penalty after 25 minutes.

The second wasn’t long in coming – four minutes. There wasn’t much the keeper could do. Despite rushing out to deal with the threat of Ryan Moon’s flick that Maboe latched onto, Mbaeva stood little chance as Maboe’s shot exposed the frailty of Namibia’s defence. A brief come-back was soon nipped in the bud. Bloemfontein Celtic’s winger, Dean Hotto, denied Reyaad Pieterse a clean sheet after 39 minutes. But a minute later the Bafana Bafana restored their two goal cushion.

Maboe ended a fine team move with the third. Gift Links justified coach, Stuart Baxter’s decision to give him a starting berth, playing a part in the move along with Modiba to set up Maboe. Links also saw an effort beat Mbaeva but clear the bar. But within ten minutes of the restart, the match was over. Mbaeva’s fine save counted for nothing as Maritzburg United’s defender, Siyanda Xulu followed up to feast on the scraps.

At 4-1, even with over half an hour to play, it was all over bar the shouting. Nevertheless, there was still time for substitute Jamie Webster to attempt to create a fifth. His cross was headed at goal by fellow substitute Kyle Foster, only for Mbaeva to keep his side in the match with a fine save. South Africa went through to the Plate Final emphatically. They will play Eswatini or Botswana. The improvement in the hosts was obvious, but for some it came too late.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar November 5, 2018 15:47