South Africa beats Kenya 2-0 in friendly match
South Africa beat Kenya 2-0 on Wednesday in its last international outing before an important 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in March.
Leeds United striker Davide Somma and captain on the night Steven Pienaar of Tottenham were on target at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Rustenburg to give Bafana Bafana the perfect preparation for the vital home clash with the Egyptians on March 26th.
Somma met an Anele Ngcongca cross at the near post in the 2nd minute, to score his first goal for South Africa, in his second game for his country.
Somma should have had a first-half hat trick, but hit the post in the 13th minute, before Kenyan goalkeeper Zacharia Onyango produced a good save a minute later.
Pienaar scored from the edge of the penalty area in first half stoppage time, after taking a corner from winger Siphiwe Tshabalala.
It was Pienaar's third international goal and first for South Africa in nearly six years.
South Africa coach Pitso Mosimane left regular captain Aaron Mokoena on the substitutes bench and the side was led by Pienaar, who marshaled the midfield with man-of-the-match Andile Jali.
South Africa dominated possession, but failed to breach the Kenyan defense in the second half.
''I'm happy about the score, but it could have been better,'' Mosimane said. ''We need a bit of assuredness in front of goal. The goals are there, but we don't convert. I think, if we had kept composure, we could have scored more goals. But, I'm happy with the younger ones that came in.''