Blasts from the past: Last gasp falls short for Roland, Ryk
Today in SA sports history: March 29
2003 — Bafana Bafana beat Madagascar 2-0 in a friendly at FNB Stadium. Lesley Manyathela scored in the second half and Ando Ramarojaona was credited with an own goal in the 82nd minute.
2007 — Roland Schoeman and Ryk Neethling compete in the final of the men’s 100m freestyle at the world championships in Melbourne. The duo had won the silver and bronze medals at the previous swimming showpiece in Montreal in 2005, but this time they ended second last and last respectively. But it was no disgrace. The gap between last-placed Neethling and the gold medal – shared by defending champion Filippo Magnini of Italy and Canadian Brent Hayden – was a mere 0.38sec, making it the closest 100m freestyle final since before the championship became a biennial event in 2001. But it’s the last time Neethling or Schoeman would make the 100m freestyle final at a major gala.
2015 — Bongani Zulu scores in injury time to steal a 1-1 draw against Nigeria in a friendly at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Ahmed Musa had put the visitors ahead in the 85th minute. But SA wasted chances during the match, like Andile Jali having his shy from the spot blocked by the goalkeeper.
2016 — Bafana Bafana play to a goalless draw against Cameroon in an African Nations’ Cup qualifier at the Moses Mabhida stadium. This all but thwarted their hopes of getting to the 2017 tournament in Gabon.