Bafana Bafana were in ruthless fashion as they dismantled Ethiopia 3-1 to sit top of Group G in the CAF World cup qualifiers.
In their 3 match of the tournament, Hugo Broos’s men meant business as they took on 134th place Ethiopia. Bafana Bafana were dealt a slight setback as during the warmups instrumental midfielder Vincent Pule got injured and had to be replaced by Thabiso Kutumela. Terrence Mashego earned his first cap for Bafana Bafana as coach Broos slowly implements the youngsters in his team. The game began with a lot of back and forth with neither team creating clear cut goal scoring opportunities. At times South Africa’s defence looked very shakey and If it weren’t for Ronwen Williams the team would be in serious trouble. The opener came courtesy of Teboho Mokoena on the stroke of half-time to give the visitors the lead.
Ethiopia got back into the game when Getaneh Kebede scored to level matter at 1 goal apiece. It didn't take long for Bafana to restore their lead lead in the 72nd minute as Mvala took advantage of ball-watching defenders and poked home from a flick on from a long throw. Substitute Evidence Makgopa was introduced in the game in the 80th minute and quickly hit the ground running. It didn't take him much time to find the winner deep in stoppage time to give Bafana Bafana the all-important 3 points. That marks back-to-back wins for South Africa as they sit pretty at the top of Group G with 7 points. They have only dropped points against Zimbabwe after their 0-0 stalemate.
These two teams will next meeting on Tuesday at the FNB stadium and Broos will look to put on foot into the next round. It's exciting to see the brand of football Bafana are playing under Broos.
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