Bafana Bafana played to a goalless draw against neighbours Zimbabwe in Harare on Friday afternoon.
The team lacked attacking threat throughout this encounter – managing only three shots on target the whole game.
RONWEN WILLIAMS – 7/10
Williams made an excellent and crucial save against Knowledge Musona in the first half.
The Bafana Bafana captain hardly put a foot wrong and looked secure in goal all afternoon. The SuperSport goalkeeper also made a solid save in the 30th minute but was hardly tested for the rest of the game.
THAPELO MORENA – 6.5/10
Morena had a decent showing at the back. He was composed and played with accuracy.
Bafana Bafana’s right-back was solid defensively too. He nullified Zimbabwe’s dangerman Tino Kadewere.
RUSHINE DE REUCK – 6/10
De Reuck was calm on defence, putting in some good tackles and showing composure when tested.
He did not offer much on the counter. The Sundowns star will be hoping to show more urgency on the counter against Ghana.
SIYANDA XULU – 7.5/10
Xulu was one of South Africa’s best players on the pitch. He cut-off runs from Musona and Amakhosi star, Khama Billiat.
The Bafana Bafana centre-back brought calm at the back, stopping Zimbabwean attacks in their tracks again and again.
NYIKO MOBBIE – 5/10
Mobbie was selected ahead of Sibusiso Mabiliso and did very little to validate this selection.
He lacked creativity and was indecisive on the counterattack. He also looked vulnerable when Musona took him on.
MOTHOBI MVALA – 6/10
Mvala was initially in doubt before kick-off but managed a solid showing in Harare.
The Sundowns man did not do much wrong, he kept position well for his side. Mvala did play with much urgency though, something that was lacking throughout the game for Broos’ side.
TEBOHO MOKOENA – 6/10
Mokoena forced a good save from Zimbabwe goalkeeper Talbert Shumba in the first half.
The SuperSport man failed to show the creativity we have come accustomed to seeing in the DStv Premiership.
PERCY TAU – 6.5/10
The Lion of Judah was far from his best. Tau tried to create opportunities but was well marked by the Zimbabwean defenders.
He did not appear to be fully fit, understandably so, after hardly playing any football over the past few months.
GIFT LINKS – 4.5/10
Links struggled to make his mark on this game, lacking creativity and urgency.
He was unsurprisingly replaced at half-time by Bongokuhle Hlongwane.
LUTHER SINGH – 5/10
Singh and Tau failed to link up and seemed to lack communication throughout the game.
If Bafana Bafana are to be a threat in the future this will need to be addressed as soon as possible.
EVIDENCE MAKGOPA – 5/10
Makgopa was really disappointing by his standards. He had a good chance to give Bafana Bafana the lead in the 7th minute but his header went wide.
It seemed to take a toll on his confidence. For the rest of the game, he did not take on defenders or make any genuine attacking runs. We expect so much more from this man and need him to reach the expectations placed on him against Ghana.
BONGOKUHLE HLONGWANE – 7/10
Hlongwane added tremendous and much-needed energy and passion in the second half.
He made attacking runs into space and was not afraid to take on defenders. He almost scored too, his shot was cleared off the line by a retreating Takudzwa Chimwemwe.
The other replacements did not have enough time on the pitch to be rated.
Bafana Bafana was truly lackluster on attack. Broos will have to find a way to correct this when they take on Ghana on Monday.
Williams and Xulu were good while Hlongwane has given the national team something to get excited about.