Bafana finally give fans something to shout about

17 June 2015 - 02:10 By Mark Gleeson

Home-town hero Ayanda Patosi produced some respite for under-fire Bafana Bafana and beleaguered coach Ephraim Mashaba, with a second-half winner as South Africa beat a second-string Angola 2-1 in a friendly international yesterday. A deft chip over the onrushing goalkeeper was deflected into the net but gratefully claimed by the 22-year-old from Khayelitsha to crown a lively performance that underlined the folly of leaving him out for the Africa Cup of Nations finals earlier this year.Thulani Serero's contributions were also a stark reminder of what might have been in Equatorial Guinea had he been selected.Mashaba's second victory in the last 10 internationals will give him some breathing space, especially after Saturday's 0-0 draw with lowly ranked Gambia in Durban .The Bafana boss opted to go with a near full-strength side, while Angola excused all their European-based players after their 4-0 win over the Central African Republic in the 2017 Nations Cup qualifiers at the weekend and used only home-based players, as they prepare for a trip to Swaziland this Saturday for the start of the 2016 African Nations Championship qualifiers.South Africa also play a qualifier, against Mauritius at the Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday, but Mashaba was not leaving his fortunes to a locals-only XI and started with Belgian-based Anele Ngcongca and Patosi, as well as May Mahlangu and Serero.

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