Dismal defending, waterlogged pitch sees Bafana suffer shock loss ...
Bafana Bafana. (Gallo)
Dismal defending, waterlogged pitch sees Bafana suffer shock loss to Rwanda
Bafana Bafana's second Soccer World Cup Group C qualifying clash in four days ended in defeat as they were beaten away by Rwanda on Tuesday.
Playing on a waterlogged artificial surface at Stade Huye in Butare, poor defending by South Africa saw the hosts into a 2-0 lead at half-time thanks to goals from Innocent Nshuti and Gilbert Mugisha.
After a poor first half in which they rarely threatened, Hugo Broos' charges were better in the second stanza, but they could find a goal to get them back into the match.
Following their 2-1 win over Benin on Saturday, Bafana are currently second in Group C with Rwanda in first place.
Lots more attacking thrust from Bafana, but no goals, sadly.
The second half is underway and the pitch remains extremely waterlogged.
If Bafana can find an early goal in the second stanza, they stand a chance of getting back into this.
Bafana have it all to do in the second stanza. Can they salvage something from this match?
Rwanda 2-0 Bafana
Gilbert Mugisha score Rwanda's second goal.
Our boys struggling to play in wet conditions.— Mosibudi Rachel M (@rachysuperstar) November 21, 2023
Problems for Hugo Broos' men as Rwanda score a second.
They are full value for it, however, although that's another dreadful defensive error.
Rwanda 2-0 Bafana
Nshuti was the scorer for the home side.
Rwanda has not scored at home in over two years but have ended that streak as they open the scoring against Bafana.
Rwanda 1-0 South Africa
Kick-off set for 3pm. The players are on the field for the anthems, despite what appears to be a rather soggy pitch.
Yorrrrr dear me, this pitch already looks water-logged from the rain and the match hasn't started ???????
20 mins from kick-off???? Rwanda vs Bafana Bafana ???? pic.twitter.com/IJyRTDTaPq
Bafana Bafana will take on Rwanda in Huye on Tuesday in their second 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier as the only team in their group with a win.
(Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images)
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