South Africa equalled their best-ever margin of victory with a 4-0 victory over Thailand in a FIFA World Cup™ warm-up game in Nelspruit today.
Siphiwe Tshabalala curled in the opener from a 22nd-minute free-kick which beat goalkeeper Kawin Thamasatchanan at his near post. Tshabalala turned provider for the second with his corner finding Bongani Khumalo, whose goalbound header was turned home by Katlego Mphela.
Mphela grabbed his second three minutes later after the impressive Tshabalala back-heeled the ball to Teko Modise, who played in Mphela to beat Kawin in fortuitous style. After Mphela had squandered a number of opportunities to complete his hat-trick, substitute Siyabonga Nomvethe saw a goal ruled out for offside.
However, fellow replacement Bernard Parker struck with a low finish in stoppage time to ensure Bafana Bafana emulated the winning margin set against Chad in 2007.