Bafana undefeated in 2018 … but it wasn’t a perfect year

Bafana Bafana’s 1-1 draw with Paraguay in Durban on Tuesday meant they finished 2018 unbeaten, but can look back on mixed success in a year that has not been without its disappointments.

The national team won the Four Nations Tournament in Zambia, collected the Plate trophy at the Cosafa Cup and have remained on course for African Nations Cup qualification, despite making their job tougher than it needed to be.

The team claimed four wins and six draws in their matches this year, with probably more lows than highs.

TimesLIVE takes a brief look back at their 10 games in 2018, the fewest they have played since appearing in just nine internationals in 2011.

March 21 2018 v Angola 1-1 (Mothiba 51’) – Four Nations Tournament

A debut goal for French-based striker Lebo Mothiba helped secure a draw with a strong Angola side in Ndola, Zambia, in the semifinals of the Four Nations Tournament. Bafana would go on to win the shootout 5-3 as Darren Keet saved twice from Angolan spot-kicks.

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