Bafana coach pleased with win against Burkina Faso

Bafana Bafana beat Burkina Faso 2-0 at the Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day.

Bafana Bafana hard at training ahead of their clash with Burkina Faso at the FNB Stadium. 16 August 2013 Picture: Lelo Mzaca/EWNSport #Unite4Mandela

JOHANNESBURG - JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana Coach Gordon Igesund says he is pleased his side managed to bounce back from a loss against Nigeria to beat Burkina Faso 2-0 at the Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day, which is currently underway in Soweto.

The event is part of the Unite 4 Mandela campaign, which aims to bring together South Africans in celebration of Madiba's vision of sport as a unifying force in society.

Igesund says the match has given him a chance to view younger players to expand his selection pool.

He feels the result in perfect for his side, especially ahead of their world cup qualifier against Botswana early next month.

Bafana scored a goal in each half to beat Burkina Faso 2-0.

Man of the match, Siphiwe Tshabalala, put South Africa ahead in the 22nd minute with a brilliant turn followed by a low shot.

Luyolo Nomandela tapped in a goal by Lerato Chabangu in stoppage time to put the game beyond doubt.

Bafana had Burkina Faso on the back foot throughout the game but missed several scoring chances that could have seen them win by a bigger margin.


The Italian Legends team beat their South African counterparts 2-0 in the first event of the day.

Despite the Bafana Legends going down in their match the players say they are honoured to join the nation in celebrating Madiba's legacy.

Shaun Bartlett, who was part of the Bafana squad that won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, says while they didn't win they are proud to have been part of the event.

"We were known as the 'Madiba boys' and obviously we wanted to be part of this day. Unfortunately we didn't get the result but I think we've done more than we could have."