Lesotho vs. South Africa  0 - 2

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International Friendly: Lesotho 0 South Africa 2

2 June 2013 18:15

South Africa earned a much-needed confidence boost ahead of the next round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers by beating Lesotho 2-0 on Sunday.

Two goals from from Tlou Segolela gave Gordon Igesund's men a comfortable victory against a Lesotho side who have taken just two points from their first three games in the second round of CAF qualification for the World Cup.

South Africa, who are second in their qualifying group, demonstrated their superior quality in the early stages, going close on a number of occasions through strikers Bernard Parker and Katlego Mashego.

Segolela and Oupa Manyisa both failed to capitalise on opportunities to put the visitors ahead, before Parker rattled the crossbar with a free-kick after 32 minutes and saw Mashego subsequently miss the target from the rebound.

Lesotho did briefly threaten towards the end of the half, Thulo Ranchobe and Litsepe Marabe both forcing saves from Wayne Sandilands, but it was South Africa who eventually grabbed a deserved lead right on half-time.

Segolela tapped in from point-blank range after good work down the left from Siphiwe Tshabalala to net his first ever goal for the national team.

And it did not take long for Segolela to double that advantage, the Orlando Pirates forward steering the ball into the bottom corner on the hour mark after Lesotho stopper Kholuoe Phasumane had spilled a cross from Daine Klate.

Substitute Kathelo Moleko hit the bar late on for the hosts, but that proved to be the only real scare for South Africa as they eased home to take a comfortable win.

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International Friendly Preview: Lesotho v South Africa

31 May 2013 16:12

South Africa will look to improve their mediocre recent form when they take on Lesotho in a friendly on Sunday.

While Gordon Igesund's men sit second in group A of the African World Cup qualifiers, they have won just twice in their last six fixtures.

It will be their second game since exiting the African Cup of Nations at the quarter-final stage to Mali in February and Igesund will be keen for his side to build on their 2-0 win over over the Central African Republic in March.

Lesotho, on the other hand, will be looking for a positive performance to boost their flagging qualification campaign.

Leslie Notsi's side face an uphill battle if they are to secure a place in Brazil next year as they currently sit in third place in group D, although they did gain a point in their last qualifier with a 1-1 draw against Zambia.

Prior to that, Lesotho both lost and won against Swaziland in friendly fixtures and a good result against South Africa could prove important ahead of two crucial qualifiers.

In June they travel to group-topping Zambia before welcoming second-place Ghana with anything other than two victories likely to end their hopes of qualification.