South Africa 1 – 1 Ghana

South Africa came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Ghana in an international friendly on Tuesday night.

The Black Stars threatened in the first few minutes as Atsu sliced through the South African defence with a pass that picked out Boye, but Brighton Mhlongo saved his shot.

Ghana enjoyed the majority of the possession early and created another opportunity in the 31st minute as Atsu beat Thabo Matlaba before crossing for Acheampong, but he couldn’t find the right contact and the chance slipped away.

Disaster struck for the hosts in the 38th minute when Isaac Nhlapo fouled Afful in the box, giving Wakaso the chance to convert a penalty for a 1-0 lead before the break.

Nhlapo was substituted shortly after giving away the penalty, making room for Ramahlwe Mphahlele.

Shakes Mashaba’s charges made the perfect start to the second half as they levelled matters in the 51st minute. Some good build-up play from Sibusiso Vilakazi gave Ayanda Patosi the chance to curl a shot into the back of the Ghanaian goal.

After equalising, South Africa inched their way back into the game after their visitors dominated the possession stakes for much of the tie.

Thulani Serero made an impact for the hosts after coming on around the hour mark as he had a big penalty shout turned down in the 71st minute when he was brought down in the Ghana area by Edwin Gyimah.

Eleazar Rodgers created a rare chance for Bafana in the last five minutes of the clash as he put Thamsanqa Gabuza in a position to strike, but he smashed his shot way over the bar as the sides played out a draw.


Bafana XI: Mhlongo, Mobara, Nhlapo, Hlatshwayo, Matlaba, Patosi, Manyisa, Furman, Mahlangu, Rodgers, Vilakazi

Ghana XI: Kwarasey, Afful, Baba, Amartey, Boye, Wakaso, Atsu, Partey, Waris, Tetteh, Acheampong


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