Blasts from the past: Bafana bump off Egypt for first time
Today in SA sports history: March 26
2004 — Cassius Baloyi defends his IBO junior-lightwweight title by outpointing Juan Cabrera of Argentina at the Carousel casino.
2005 — Bafana Bafana beat Uganda 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at FNB Stadium. Quinton Fortune scored from a penalty in the first half and David Obua equalised from a penalty in the 60th minute. Steven Pienaar scored the winner in the 71st minute.
2007 — Roland Schoeman becomes the first South African to retain a world swimming title when he wins the 50m butterfly crown at the world championships in Melbourne. Schoeman, the champion at the previous showpiece in Montreal in 2005, won in 23.18sec ahead of American Ian Crocker (23.47).
2008 — Bafana Bafana, ranked 71 in the world, beat Paraguay, 26th, 3-0 at Super Stadium in Atteridgeville. Suprise Moriri scored in the first half with Benni McCarthy and Siphiwe Tshabalala adding to the tally in the second half.
2010 — Nkosinathi Joyi wins the IBF strawweight title when he comprehensively outboxes Raul Garcia of Mexico in East London. Garcia was making the fifth defence of the title.
2011 — LJ van Zyl runs the fastest 400m of his career, clocking 44.86sec in Germiston. This came a month after his 400m hurdles best of 47.66. The hurdler’s ability to go fast in the flat one-lap was crucial to SA’s medal success at world championships and Commonwealth Games.
2011 — Takalani Ndlovu beats Canadian Steve Molitor on his third attempt to finally win the IBF junior-featherweight crown at Nasrec. Ndlovu was stopped by Molitor in his first shot in 2007 and outpointed the next time in 2010. On the same card Moruti Mthalane made the second defence of his IBF flyweight title, stopping John Riel Casimero of the Philippines in the fifth round.
2011 — Bafana Bafana beat Egypt for the first time in a competitive match, downing them 1-0 in an African Nations’ Cup qualifier at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. But it took a late strike to do it, with Katlego “Killer” Mphela scoring in the 90th minute.
2016 — Bafana Bafana are condemned to a 2-2 draw by Cameroon in an African Nations’ Cup qualifier in Limbe. Tokelo Rantie and Hlompho Kekana twice gave their side the lead, but SA blew it.
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