SA stars help Zim to victory


Malajila came off the bench in Gaberone to score a 48th minute goal to ensure victory in a hastily arranged friendly, which produced a first win for Zimbabwe’s new Brazilian coach Jose Valinhos after their loss to Bafana Bafana in Germiston earlier this month.

Orlando Pirates’ Gilbert Mushangazhike partnered Manchester City striker Benjani Mwaruwari in attack while Esrom Nyandoro of Mamelodi Sundowns played in the midfield and Zvenyika Makonese featured in defence, just 48 hours before Santos meet Moroka Swallows in the Nedbank Cup in Germiston on Friday night.

Kaizer Chiefs’ Tinashe Nengomasha had also been called up for the game but has an ankle injury that puts his participation in Sunday’s cup tire against Sundowns in doubt.

In North Africa, continental African champions Egypt were beaten 2-0 by the world’s top ranked side, Argentina.

A full strength Egypt side, including controversial keeper Essam El Hadary, conceded two goals in the last 20 minutes to go down to the South American giants. “We did not play as good as we hoped. We lacked sharpness,” Egypt skipper Ahmed Hassan said after the match.

“We also missed the presence of striker Amr Zaki, who always helps us through his physical attributes,” the Anderlecht midfielder added.

Two second-half goals from Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Burdisso were enough to hand Argentina the victory at Cairo stadium

Michael Essien put Ghana in the lead in the Black Stars’ game against Mexico in London last night, but they were not able to hold on to it.

After a goalless first half, Essien gave the Stars the lead with a driving shot from outside the area, which went in off the post.

But Mexico equalised in simple fashion, when Ghana's substitute goalkeeper, Patrick Antwi, slipped as he prepared to deal with a back pass and Carlos Salcido punished his mistake.

Four minutes from time, Ghana captain John Mensah hauled down Adolfo Bautista in the box and Mexico's Pavel Pardo stepped up to convert the penalty and give his side the win.

In other matches, Morocco bounced back from their dreadful Nations Cup campaign with a 4-1 win over Belgium.

It was a first win for stand-in coach Fathi Jamal, who took over after the departure of Henri Michel.

Tunisia met Ivory Coast in France, and came away with a 2-0 win. Goals from Tijani Belaid and Radhouane Felhi gave Roger Lemerre's side victory, although the coach is shortly to leave his post.

A goal by defender Younes Shibani on stroke of full time ensured that Libya earned a 1-1 draw against Uganda’s Cranes in a friendly international match played at Mandela Namboole Stadium on Wednesday.

Ceaser Okhuti, gave the Cranes the lead two minutes into second half with a solo goal. But, as in the past, Cranes put to waste the numerous chances that came their way and in the end paid the price for not finishing off the game.

Liberia scored a surprise 2-0 win over Sudan in Khartoum, in their first game under new coach Antoine Hey.

Caesar Okhuti put the Cranes ahead in the 48th minute, with the equaliser coming in the 90th minute from Younes Shidani.

DR Congo and Algeria played to a 1-1 draw in France. Dieumerci Mbokani put the Simbas ahead in the 35th minute, but a late penalty converted by Kamel Ghiles meant the game ended 1-1.

Tanzania’s game against Mozambique was cancelled due to heavy rains at the old national stadium in Dar es Salaam.