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Thursday, 22 May 2003
The International Launch Trophy
South Africa 2010 World Cup Bid Challenge Match

South Africa 1 England 2 [1-1]


Amalgamated Banks of South Africa Stadium, East London, Durban
Attendance: 48,000;
Kick-off: 8.30pm SAST, 7.30pm BST
Live on Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Gareth Southgate (five-yard glancing header from a Beckham free-kick 1 0:36), Emile Heskey (followed up with a six-yard rebound following a Lampard thirty-five yard shot saved by Baloyi 64 63:20),
South Africa - Benni McCarthy (penalty 18 17:07).
Match Summary
South Africa Squad
England Squad
Results 2000-2005 England - Danny Mills (17).
South Africa - Mbulelo Mabizela (19), Thabang Molefe (27 26:22).

England kicked-off. 9? minutes (46 & 4?).


Match Summary

Officials from Mauritius

South Africa



Referee (black) - An Yan Lim Kee Chong
43 (15 May 1960), FIFA listed 1988.

Assistant Referees - Iswarduth Juggunath, 41 (19 February 1962), and Raj Ramphul, 38 (11 July 1964).

Fourth official - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
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South Africa Team



FIFA (21st May 2003) 31st
EFO ranking

ELO rating 41st to 42nd
Colours: Made by Adidas - Yellow v-necked jerseys with green collar/cuffs/adidas half sleeve trim, green shorts with yellow adidas side trim, yellow socks.
Capt: Lucas Radebe Head Coach: Matsilela Ephraim Sono, 47 (17 July 1955), appointed 18 May 2003, as a short-term replacement for Ephraim Mashaba, 52, who has been removed from his position as coach for this single match.
Sono's 11th match W 4 - D 3 - L 4 - F 12 - A 12.
South Africa Lineup
16 Baloyi, Brian 29 16 March 1974 G

Kaizer Chiefs FC

20 0
22 Molefe, Thabangg 24 11 April 1979 LB

Jomo Cosmos FC

9 0
Molefe cautioned in the 27th minute for Unsporting Behaviour, after he fouled Beckahm on the right, fracturing his wrist.
19 Radebe, Lucas V.N. 33 4 December 1969 CD Leeds United AFC, England 70 2
4 Mokoena, Aaron T. 22 25 November 1980 CD Germinal Beerschot AC, Belgium, on loan from Amsterdamsche FC Ajax, Netherlands 29 0
5 Mabizela, Mbuleloo 22 16 December 1980 RB Orlando Pirates FC 17 0
Mabizela cautioned in the 19th minute.
6 Sibaya, N.MacBeth-Mao 25 25 November 1977 CM

FC Rubin Kazan, Russia

18 0
12 Mokoena, Teboho P., off 69th min. 28 25 July 1974 CM Jomo Cosmos FC 19 4
17 McCarthy, Benedict S., off 67th min. 25 12 November 1977 F

RC Celta de Vigo SAD, Spain

47 22
Penalty awarded after Danny Mills had handled the ball in the area. 
9 Bartlett, T. Shaun 30 31 October 1972 F Charlton Athletic FC, England 62 24
10 Fredericks, Stanton D., off 77th min. 25 13 June 1977 RM Kaizer Chiefs FC 6 1
18 Buckley, Delron S. 25 7 December 1977 LM

VfL Bochum 1848 FeV, Germany

36 5
South Africa Substitutes
11 Manyathela, Lesley P.,  on 67th min. for McCarthy 21  4 September 1981

Orlando Pirates FC

8 1
13 Mendu, Jebulani, on 69th min. for T.Mokoena 26  10 August 1976 Moroko Swallows FC 1 0
15 Mazibuko, Clement S., on 77th min. for Fredericks 25  16 September 1977 Umitata Bush Bucks FC 6 1

unused substitutes:

1-Moeneeb Josephs, 2-Lucky Lekgwathi, 3-Brett Evans, 8-Mabhuti Khenyeza, 20-Tony Coyle.

team notes:

Sono was brought back at the last minute to replace Ephraim Mashaba, who'd picked a weakened squad, including six new caps, against England.
Lucas Radabe extends his tally as record South Africa appearance holder, in this, his final appearance.

Baloyi -
Mabizela, Radebe,
A.Mokoena, Molefe -
(Mazibuko), Sibaya, T.Mokoena (Mendu), Buckley -
Bartlett, McCarthy

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.2 Appearances/Goals 30.3 5.2


England Team



FIFA (21st May 2003) 7th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 2003 home uniform - White collared shadow hooped jerseys with white collar/cuffs trimmed with navy, red v-neck/panel thinning down sleeves, navy shorts with red thinning side panel, white socks with navy hoop.
Capt: David Beckham, 24th captaincy. 
Michael Owen, 51st min.
Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 55 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001,
27th match, W 14 - D 9 - L 4 - F 51 - A 25.
England Lineup
1 James, David B., off 46th min. 32 1 August 1970 G

West Ham United FC

14 9 GA
2 Mills, Daniel J. 26 18 May 1977 RB Leeds United AFC 15 0
Mills cautioned in the 17th minute for Handball in the penalty area as Fredericks attempted to chip him. 
3 Neville, Philip J. 26 21 January 1977 LB

Manchester United FC

38 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 82nd min. 22 30 May 1980 CM Liverpool FC 16 2
5 Ferdinand, Rio G., off 46th min. 24 7 November 1978 CD

Manchester United FC

32 0
6 Southgate, Gareth 32 3 September 1970 CD Middlesbrough FC 53 2
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 51st min. 28 2 May 1975 RM

Manchester United FC

60 11
8 Scholes, Paul, off 75th min. 28 16 November 1974 CM Manchester United FC 55 13
9 Heskey, Emile W.I., off 65th min. 25 11 January 1978 F Liverpool FC 33 5
10 Owen, Michael J. 23 14 December 1979 F

Liverpool FC

48 20
11 Sinclair, Trevor L., off 58th min. 30 2 March 1973 LM West Ham United FC 11 0
England Substitutes
13  Robinson, Paul W., on 46th min for James 23 15 October 1979 G

Leeds United AFC

2 1 GA
14  Upson, Matthew J., on 46th min for Ferdinand 24 18 April 1979 CD

Birmingham City FC

1 0
15  Jenas, Jermaine A., on 51st min. (50:09) for Beckham 20 18 February 1983 M

Newcastle United FC

2 0
16  Lampard, Frank J., on 58th min. for Sinclair 24 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 9 0
18  Vassell, Darius C., on 65th min. for Heskey 22 13 June 1980 F Aston Villa FC 12 4
17  Cole, Joseph J., on 75th min for Scholes 21 8 November 1981 M West Ham United FC 9 0
12  Barry, Gareth, on 82nd min. for Gerrard 22 23 February 1981 M Aston Villa FC 7 0

unused substitutes:

19-Ian Walker. 

James (Robinson) -
Mills, Ferdinand
(Upson), Southgate, Neville -
(Jenas), Gerrard (Barry), Scholes (Cole), Sinclair (Lampard) -
Owen, Heskey

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.9 Appearances/Goals 34.1 4.6


    Match Report

The objective of this historic match for South Africa was to launch their bid to host the 2010 World Cup by proving that they are capable of staging matches of this magnitude. Given the colour and warmth in which this game was played, they could not have done a better job.

England's goal was to prepare for their forthcoming Euro Qualifier against Slovakia. In recording a victory without overly stretching themselves, the game went very much according to plan for Sven's team too.

Not that they could have expected things to begin quite as well as they did. Remarkably, England were ahead after only 36 seconds. Lucas Radebe, playing his last ever game for South Africa, and keen to impose himself physically on Michael Owen, dragged the England striker down as soon as they came into physical contact. South Africa were made to pay.

Beckham drifted the ball into the near post and Southgate rose at the near post to head home, easy as you like, into the centre of the goal. It may have only been Gareth's second strike for England but it was his second goal in two days. His effort tonight was identical to the one he struck from a Beckham corner in training last night.

Michael Owen could and perhaps should have doubled England's lead after seven minutes. When Baloyi dropped David Beckham's wickedly struck free-kick, Owen pounced only to see his first shot blocked and his second fly over the bar.

South Africa responded in positive fashion. Stanton Fredericks' pace and directness caused us problems down the right flank while Macbeth Sibaya's firm tackles in the midfield reduced England's time and options on the ball.

In the end the pressure told. On 18 minutes Scholes pass was blocked and the ball was fed forward to Charlton striker Shaun Bartlett. He rolled it out to Delron Buckley over-lapping on the left who whipped in a cross striking Danny Mills' hand on its way in and the referee, maybe a little harshly, awarded a penalty and brandished his yellow card.

Benni McCarthy, once a target of Middlesbrough, made no mistake with a crisp spot-kick that was just too far from the reach of David James' right hand dive.

Springing forward without concern, flamboyant and skilful in possession, South Africa were a joy to watch when they were in full flow. It was not just exhibition stuff either, they were hurting England as well as delighting their fans. By contrast England seemed to lack a little zest and energy. Understandable, perhaps, when you consider the hectic schedule that these players have been through over the last few days.

Beckham, Gerrard and Mills all fired in efforts but generally it was the hosts that were dictating the first half action. England's best hope appeared to be Baloyi's far from secure handling. The South African 'keeper seemed unable to claim the ball cleanly. It soon came back to haunt the hosts.

After a slow start to the second period it was that defensive South African susceptibility which allowed England to retake the lead. Substitute Frank Lampard collected the ball from Gerrard and strode forward before unleashing a swirling drive from 25 yards. Baloyi could only present the ball to Heskey who gleefully tucked the rebound home.

While Heskey then went off to be substituted, Lampard stayed on and his passing, tacking and running with the ball were all of a very high standard. He might even have had a second with another determined surge into the box.

Whether or not Scholes and Gerrard can be replaced as Sven's first choice midfield pairing remains to be seen but Lampard was England's most impressive performer tonight and that cannot have escaped the coach's notice.

As the game drew to a close, substitutions became more prevalent than shots. England captain David Beckham was withdrawn with a wrist injury that required an x-ray while Stanton Fredericks' hamstring strain robbed the game of its most lively performer.

It's fair to say that England have played better under Sven - not least in their last outing against Turkey. But winning is a habit and, if you can do it playing against a team desperate to impress on one of the biggest nights in their history when you yourself are not at your very best, then all the better.

For South Africa this game was about proving they are ready for 2010.

Yet, with Joe Cole (21), Darius Vassell (22), Jermaine Jenas (20), Gareth Barry (22), Paul Robinson (23) and Michael Owen (23) all taking part tonight, you could just say the same for England. - Daniel Freedman, TheFA.com

Source Notes

BBC Sport
The FA Library
Original Teamsheet