Leone Stars Show Progress As Bafana Fight For Draw
Bafana Bafana held on this time round in Freetown and valiantly defended to get a well deserved draw at the National Stadium in Freetown. The home side knew they needed a win and with striker Kei Kamara and defender Ibrahim Marcel Koroma been the two changes that faced Egypt in Cairo. Leone Stars of Sierra Leone knew they needed to up their performance in the absent of the two Stars. The match which started in a heated Freetown was witnessed by a capacity full crowd cheering Sierra Leone and the presence of Vuvuzelas in the crowd at one point seems to bemuse the South Africans.
The much heralded and planned pot-cover versus Vuvuzela by Sierra Leonean fans never materialised as the Sierra Leone FA made it clear to Sierra Leonean supporters that they will not allow pot cover inside the National Stadium grounds. Leone stars were the more enterprising of the two teams and if it wasn’t for the animated and in-form South African Goalie, Itumeleng Khune the score line would have been 3 or 4 nil for the home side. The draw put South Africa are at the top of Group G with four points after today’s 0-0 draw against Sierra Leone in Freetown as Niger shocked group favourites Egypt 1-0 in Niamey. South Africa coach, Pitso Mosimane was visibly worried as his Bafana Bafana side defended deeply against a seemingly goal-desperate Sierra Leone. Itumeleng Khune was definitely the man of the match as he made strings of wonderful saves, Sierra Leonean stiker – Mohamed Pobosky Bangura was a constant threat as the home side threatened to take a lead that never came. The South Africans were very cautious and kept on wasting time as Sierra Leone pushed forward. As Mohamed Pobosky Bangura was left stranding for support upfront some Sierra Leonean supporters were asking for Mohamed Kallon saying his support would have been vital for the stiker. The largely popular Siphiwe Tshabalala known and cheered on by many Sierra Leoneans was very quiet in the match and was replaced but the pressure continued for Bafana and they held on to a draw that leaves them in the driving seat for this group G. Star Man of the Match – South Africa No 16, Itumeleng Khune