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Bafana battle before conquering Burkina 'C'

South Africa made heavy weather of a 2-0 World Cup warm-up win over Burkina Faso Saturday duing the Nelson Mandela Sport Day at Soccer City stadium in Soweto.Although fielding a number of first choices, three-time World Cup qualifiers Bafana Bafana (The Boys) only sealed victory over a Stallions 'C' team with a stoppage-time goal.The friendly football international did not fall during the FIFA calendar so Burkina Faso were unable to call up any overseas-based stars like Jonathan Pitroipa from French club Rennes.Siphiwe Tshabalala put South Africa ahead midway through the first half and after rattling the woodwork twice, the home side added a second goal through substitute Luyolo Nomandela.Quick, slick passing from the centre circle set up 81-cap midfielder Tshabalala, who fired a low shot wide of goalkeeper and captain Mohamed Kabore.Reneilwe Letsholonyane struck the post and Marc van Heerden the crossbar before Nomandela tapped a goal-bound Lerato Chabangu shot over the line.Fielding ...

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