Blasts from the past: ‘Shoes’ walks Bafana into 1996 final
Today in SA sports history: January 31
1966 — Local golfer Papwa Sewgolum wins his second Natal Open by one shot ahead of Gary Player, the overnight leader, and Harold Henning at the Durban Country Club. He scored his first triumph two years earlier, when he notoriously had to receive the trophy in the rain because he wasn’t allowed into the whites-only club house.
1982 — The top three finishers in the Flight Marathon in Benoni hand back their prize money, saying it was too little. Patrick Uhauro was awarded R80 in bonus bonds while runner-up Mark Plaatjies and third-placed Hosea Tjale were given R50 each. “It’s an insult,” national champion Plaatjies said. “The going price for a win in a standard marathon is normally R200 or R250.”
1996 — John “Shoes” Moshoeu scores two goals as Bafana Bafana thrash Ghana 3-0 in their African Nations Cup semifinal at the FNB stadium. Shaun Bartlett netted the third. The win meant that SA, playing in their maiden continental tournament, had qualified for the final.
1993 — SA beat Congo 1-0 in a World Cup qualifying match at Stade Municipal, Pointe Noire. Substitute Harold Legodi scored the winner in the 87th minute, but it didn’t help SA advance to the 1994 showpiece in the US.
2004 — Bafana Bafana are humiliated 0-4 by Nigeria in an African Nations Cup group match in Tunisia, equalling their worst defeat, suffered at the hands of the same team in 1992. It was the fourth match SA had played against Nigeria and Nigeria had scored 10 goals overall while SA had failed to net even one by that stage. 2008 — Bafana Bafana’s African Nations Cup aspirations come to an end in Ghana when they draw 1-1 with Senegal in their final group match. Elrio van Heerden put SA into the lead in the 14th minute, but a defensive blunder by skipper Aaron Mokoena gifted their opponents the equaliser. SA ended bottom of Group D with fewest goals scored, with two draws and a loss.
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