The 1996 African champions strengthened their grip on the high of the group standings after outsmarting Walia Ibex in Bahir Dar
South Africa maintained their unbeaten report in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualification Group G by securing a 3-1 win over Ethiopia at Bahir Dar Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Objectives from Fasil Gebremichael (own-goal), Mothobi Mvala, and Proof Makgopa impressed Bafana Bafana to victory as they avenged their 2-1 loss to Walia Ibex within the 2014 World Cup qualifier which was additionally performed in Ethiopia in June 2013.
Terrence Mashego and Tshegofatso Mabasa had been handed their Bafana debut by coach Hugo Broos, who was trying to mastermind South Africa’s second consecutive victory in Group G having guided his facet to a 1-0 win over Ghana final month.
Whereas the Ethiopian assault was led by former Bidvest Wits and College of Pretoria striker Getaneh Kebede and Aschalew Tamene who scored Walia Ibex’s profitable purpose towards Zimbabwe final month began in defence for coach Wubeto Abate’s facet.
Ethiopia had extra of the possession and so they additionally had higher of the makes an attempt with Ronwen Williams being the busier of the 2 goalkeepers as he produced an unimaginable save from Surafel Dagnachew’s effort – finger-tipping the ball over the crossbar.
The Bafana captain needed to be alert after Siyanda Xulu had given the ball away in his personal field and the ball fell kindly for Abubeker Nasser, however Williams pulled off an impressive one-handed reflex save from shut vary, earlier than denying the identical participant once more a couple of minutes later.
Broos made what appeared like a tactical change within the thirty fifth minute as he pulled out Mabasa, who appeared unhurt and he launched Victor Letsoalo, who has been in nice scoring type for Royal AM having netted in 4 successive objectives within the PSL.
The guests had been then gifted a purpose on the stroke of half-time when goalkeeper Fasil Gebremichael made a mistake as he allowed a tame shot from Teboho Mokoena’s free-kick to slide via his fingers handy South Africa a 1-0 lead heading into the break.
Bafana continued to surge ahead in the hunt for one other purpose after the restart with Mokoena hitting the side-netting, earlier than Rushine De Reuck’s highly effective header hit the woodwork with Grebremichael well-beaten, however the defender was dominated offside.
Walia Ibex had been awarded a free-kick in a promising space after Surafel Dagnachew was fouled by Thabiso Kutumela and Kebede beat Williams with a surprising strike from the resultant set-piece to make it 1-1 within the 67th minute.
Nonetheless, the purpose didn’t deter Broos’ prices as they pressed the hosts and so they restore their lead within the 71st minute when Mvala scored from shut vary after an extended throw created defensive confusion within the Ethiopian field and the 27-year-old midfielder was there to make it 2-1 to South Africa.
Regardless of his facet main with 11 minutes left, Broos launched a striker – Proof Makgopa – who vindicated the Belgian tactician’s resolution as he sealed South Africa’s 3-1 win by looping the ball over Grebremichael after being set-up by Letsoalo in stoppage time.
The victory noticed South Africa open a four-point hole on the high of the group standings, whereas Ethiopia remained third on the desk and the 2 groups will meet once more on Tuesday at FNB Stadium.