Mosimane begins Bafana reign with win
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New South Africa coach Pitso Mosimane began his reign with a 1-0 victory over 2010 FIFA World Cup™ quarter-finalists Ghana at Soccer City on Wednesday.

A month after the stadium hosted the FIFA World Cup final, a first half goal from Katlego Mphela was enough to secure the win as Bafana Bafana prepare for the 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers starting next month.

Mosimane kept faith with nine of the players who started in the 2-1 win over France in South Africa's final FIFA World Cup group match while Itumeleng Khune was restored in goal and Morgan Gould replaced injured Bongano Khumalo at centreback. Ghana made six changes from the side that lost in the quarter-finals on penalties to Uruguay, but that did not stop a near-50,000 crowd braving chilly winter conditions.

South African President Jacob Zuma was introduced to the teams before the kick-off and it was the hosts who started brighter with Mphela denied by a great save from Richard Kingson. With Netherlands-based striker Bernard Parker selected beside him in attack, Mphela looked increasingly dangerous as the half wore on and was unlucky not to score in the 15th minute when his shot was deflected wide off Kingson.

Ghana struggled to create any meaningful chances with only a tame effort from Kwadwo Asamoah to show for all their midfield possession. Injury stoppages slowed the rhythm of the match as the clock ticked toward half-time but a superb pass from Steven Pienaar saw Mphela finally break the deadlock on 42 minutes with a close-range shot.

Captain Aaron Mokoena made way for Siyabonga Sangweni at the break and it was Ghana who went on the attack. Substitute Yaw Antwi showed blistering pace after being introduced for Andre Ayew and his cutback was met by a fierce shot from Asamoah Gyan - whose last minute penalty miss against Uruguay cost Ghana a place in the FIFA World Cup semi-finals as they went on to lose on penalties - that Khune did well to hold at the second attempt.

A quick break from Parker almost gave Bafana a chance to double their lead, but Mphela miscontrolled the ball. With the coaches making several changes in the final quarter there were few scoring chances with the best falling to Ghana substitute Cofie Bekoe, whose shot from a short free-kick was palmed away from danger by Khune.