ON THIS DAY: Bafana Bafana v Brazil thriller


It was on this date, on a Wednesday night at the FNB Stadium 24 years ago when Bafana Bafana took on World Champions Brazil in one of the most memorable encounters in their history.

South Africa had been crowned African Champions two months earlier and taking on a Brazil side that was using the match as a warm-up ahead of the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

It was a first official encounter between the two countries since South Africa’s re-admission to international football in 1992.

Bafana opened the scoring through the late Phil Masinga before Doctor Khumalo made it 2-0 going into the half time break.

But the Selecao coached by Mario Zagallo came back in full force in the second half with three goals from Flavio Conceicao, 1999 FIFA World Player of the Year Rivaldo and a bicycle kick by Bebeto to win the thrilling match 3-2.

Bafana XI on the day: Andre Arendse, Mark Fish, Lucas Radebe, Neil Tovey, Sizwe Motaung, Doctor Khumalo, Helman Mkhalele, John Moeti, Eric Tinkler, Shaun Bartlett, Phil Masinga.

Brazil XI on the day: Dida, Aldair, Zé Maria, Flavio Conceicao, Andre Luis, Alexandre Da Silva, Paulo Roberto Jamelli, Alexandre Lopes, Bebeto, Rivaldo, Savio.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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