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South Africa Held to Goalless Draw by Namibia in Soweto Friendly

The South African senior men’s national team were held to a 0-0 draw by Namibia, in a friendly match played at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

Bafana Bafana struggled to break down a resolute Namibian defence, wasting several good chances to take the lead. Namibia started the brighter of the two teams and went close to scoring in the opening minutes. South Africa grew into the game, but were unable to capitalise on their chances before half-time. Striker, Lyle Foster, was lively down the left wing, but his cutback found Bathusi Aubaas, whose shot was saved.

The second half saw the hosts from the Rainbow Nation make attacking substitutions, as they searched for a winner. Mlungisi Mbunjana, Lebo Mothiba and Grant Kekana, came on to inject energy, but failed to find the breakthrough. Mothiba headed wide from a good position as did Kekana late on, whose looping effort was tipped over.

In the end, profligate finishing cost South Africa as Namibia held firm. The draw breaks Bafana Bafana’s two-game winning run ahead of another friendly on Tuesday, against DR Congo. Belgian coach, Hugo Broos, will be disappointed his side could not make their dominance count with a goal.

The result reflects the ongoing rebuilding process under Broos. While chances were created, the cutting edge was lacking. More flair and creativity is needed if South Africa are to trouble better opponents. On the plus side, the defence looked solid with goalkeeper, Veli Mothwa, impressing.