AFCON 2013: Bafana keeps fans’ faith alive

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In 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
Jan 24th, 2013
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Cape Verde's Platini (left) and South Africa's Bongani Khumalo (right) fight for the ball during the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Cape Verde’s Platini (left) and South Africa’s Bongani Khumalo (right) fight for the ball during the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

Cape Town – Bafana Bafana have begun to restore the fans’ faith after the team
broke their scoring jinx in sensational style against Angola in their Africa Cup
of Nations (AFCON) clash in Durban on Wednesday.

Bafana climbed to the top of the Group A standings as they eased past Angola in
a comfortable 2-0 victory.

The
team broke a 316-minute goal drought in the process with a rocket from central
defender Siyabonga Sangweni in the first half. Shortly after the break,
substitute striker Lehlohonolo Majoro added a second for the tournament hosts.

Any result other than defeat against Morocco in their third and final group
match will ensure Bafana progresses to the knockout phase of the
competition.

Here’s what Sport24 readers had to say about Bafana’s
win:

“It was only Angola, but it feels like a big weight had been
lifted of Bafana’s shoulders. You rock boys!”
-
martin.dejager.56

“Amazing match!” -
Graham.du.Plessis.

“Cape Verde are no pushovers given their
performance against Moroccans last night, however I believe we probably would
have salved three points had Dean Furman played in opening match. They all
played well, but Dean was exceptional.”
– Xolanit
Ntuli

“Well done Bafana, but still need to learn how to dribble in
the box, create better chances with passes and please stop with these miracle
shots from 30m out, you’re not Ronaldo.”
– Marco van
Rensburg

“Awesome display! Totally different side! Amazing how much
urgency there was in this game! The guys played their socks off! Well done! A
well-deserved win! You really made us proud as South Africans! Really hope the
same side shows up on Sunday! We’re behind you all the way! Keep it up
Bafana!”
– Benjamin

“Congratulations on your win. You have
redeemed yourselves Bafana! Now go all the way!”
-
gerasimos

“We must now soldier on without any fear and beat Morocco
on Sunday.”
– Siphiwe.Khuzwayo

“Credit where it’s due,
being the first to criticise, I’ll be the first to congratulate Gordon on his
win last night.”
– Brian Kaighin

“Well done Bafana, keep it
up for the finals.”
– Steve.Raihilly

“I am really surprised
about what Bafana did to Angola last night, those guys showed a lot of character
and they threatened Angola throughout the game, if we keep on attacking like
that Bafana Bafana will be the most dangerous opponent to watch in this
tournament.”
– Tumza

“I just want to say thank you to Cape
Verde, now we are on top of our Group. The boys play very well.”
-
Boitumelo.Elias

“One swallow doesn’t make a summer.”
-
garth.cruikshank.3

“Brilliant Bafana! To come back and play like
that after so much criticism and negativity was incredible!”
-
steven.crofton

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