Bafana end Central American tour with draw

Bafana played to a 1-1 draw against Honduras in their second match of their tour of Central America.

Bafana Bafana Midfielder Mandla Masanago. Picture: Twitter @Real_Mandande.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana were held to a 1-1 draw by Honduras in their second match of their tour of Central America, a result that coach Shakes Mashaba wasn't too displeased about, despite it following on from a 1-0 win over Costa Rica.

Mashaba's charges started brightly in the match, taking the lead in the eighth minute, thanks to a powerful header from Mulomowandau Mathoho, who had connected with a cross from Jabulani Shongwe.

The advantage didn't last long, as the hosts hit back five minutes later through a fortunate Erick Andino, who was scored from the rebound, after captain Itumeleng Khune pulled off a great save from a Carlos Discua curler.

Mashaba reacted swiftly to the equaliser, replacing Mosa Lebusa, who was found wanting, with Clayton Daniels, 17 minutes into the game.

Bafana found themselves making their second substitution on the half hour mark, when Thulani Serero was stretchered off the field after picking up an injury, to be replaced by Sibusiso Vilakazi.

The Hondurans were relentless in their attack for the better part of the game, looking for the winner, but the visitors held on well, squeezing in a scoring opportunity of their own from time to time.

The national team's next assignment will be against Angola in the first leg of the CHAN qualifiers, which will then be followed by another three games against Angola, in the second leg and then the World Cup qualifiers in November.