Baloyi keeps it clean as Bafana beat Burkina
Baloyi keeps it clean as Bafana beat Burkina

Posted in News on Apr 06, 2001.

Rustenburg - Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Brian Baloyi kept his third clean sheet as he helped South Africa to a 1-0 victory against Burkina Faso in a World Cup qualify at Olympia Park in Rustenburg.

Baloyi, who made his international debut in a 2-0 defeat against Netherlands in 1997, was outstanding in goal as he stepped in to fill in for Andre Arendse.

The Santos keeper seems to have cemented his place as the number one keeper but Baloyi's acrobatics against the Stallions on Saturday could make it difficult for Arendse to reclaim the number one spot.

Spiderman has conceded 21 goals in 17 matches while Arendse has let in 35 in 41 matches.

Baloyi was one of the outstanding performers in the 1998 African Nations Cup in Burkina Faso and was named in the All Stars team after the tournament.

Baloyi was never troubled by the tame Stallions but each time they approached the Bafana goal, the Spiderman was always alert to deal with any potential danger.

Two other Kaizer Chiefs players were part of this outstanding performance. Defender Cyril Nzama, who made his debut for Bafana in a 2002 World Cup qualifier against Lesotho, was on the starting 11 and he hardly put a foot wrong.

Nzama has only been booked twice in 12 appearances and he is destined for greater future at the heart of Bafana defence.

Siyabonga "Bhele" Nomvete had the crowd screaming and chanting as he was ordered to warm-up in the second half.

Bhele, who was appearing in national colours for the 16th time with four goals, never had enough time on the field but with the little that he had, he showed what he is capable of.

The Stallions were in sixes and sevens as they tried to deal with Bhele.

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