Bafana Bafana came from a goal down to beat neighbours Mozambique 2-1 in a friendly international at Mbombela stadium on Thursday night.

Bongokuhle Hlongwane completed a well taken second half brace after an impressive comeback which saw coach Hugo Broos’ charges win their third match in a row.

The South African senior men’s national team had to dig in deep at the Mpumalanga stadium as the visitors raced to an early lead. This is after Nelson Divrassone beat goalkeeper Ronwen Williams in the 14th minute.

HLONGWANE SHINES

But the squad never dropped their heads after the early setback and the comeback began when Hlongwane equalized in the 55th minute. He beat Mozambique goalkeeper Ernan Siluane at the near post.

Hlongwane was not done and returned to punish Siluane moments later when he gave the home side the lead.

Bafana Bafana midfielder Themba Zwane
South Africa midfielder Themba Zwane

BAFANA BAFANA NEXT MATCH

The squad will now look to make it four wins in four matches when they return to Mbombela stadium. They will host Angola in another friendly match on Sunday, 20 November at 15h00.

The winning run began in September when Broos’ charges beat Sierra Leone and Botswana in two friendlies played at FNB Stadium.

Tickets to Sunday’s match are available at Sasol garages, Spar outlets and at Mbombela Stadium itself at between R20 and R50.  

Bafana Bafana forward Monnapule Saleng has revealed his ambitions with the senior national team.

Saleng is in Mbombela with the national team ahead of the two international friendly matches. They take on Mozambique on Thursday and Angola on Sunday.

He has come a long way and was the number one goal scorer with Free State Stars. This was while he was playing in the National First Division during the 2020/2021 season. The 24-year-old then went on loan to Swallows before rejoining Orlando Pirates this season.

WHAT SHAPED MONNAPULE SALENG

The left footer believes the moves between clubs are the gold that shaped him into the player he is today.

“I think timing is everything. I don’t think I could’ve given what I’m giving now without adjusting to top-flight football first,” he said.

“So, moving to Swallows to acclimatize and then coming to Orlando Pirates to perform was a good move. I needed that,” added Saleng.

Bafana Bafana players
Bafana Bafana players

NOT A SUPERSTAR

He has been described as a ‘Superstar’ in recent newspaper headlines and when asked if he felt like one, the shy midfielder could not stop smiling and emphatically replied: “NO!”

“I don’t feel like I’ve done enough to be called a superstar. I am still learning, growing and getting used to life in the PSL. I’m nowhere near superstar status, not yet.”

He says his work on the field does not go unnoticed and he is correct. Fans are calling his name due to his recent performances and his contribution even attracted Bafana Bafana Head Coach Hugo Broos, who called him up to this week’s friendlies against Mozambique and Angola.

“I’m proud to represent my country. As much as I have plans for growth and playing overseas, I want to be here. I want to be a regular in the Bafana Bafana line-up, it is one of my dreams. There is so much pressure and hard work ahead of me to make everything I want to do with football become a reality,” said the Orlando Pirates player.