INTRODUCTION: In South Africa, black soccer players wore South African national colour and a racially mixed crowd watched an international soccer match for the first time ever in Johannesburg on Saturday (9 April).
INTRODUCTION: In South Africa, black soccer players wore South African national colour and a racially mixed crowd watched an international soccer match for the first time ever in Johannesburg on Saturday (9 April). The match was between South Africa and Rhodesia.
SYNOPSIS: Rhodesia--playing from right to left in the white strip--kicked off. The match was the first international played by South Africa for ten years since their suspension and later expulsion from the international federation because of the country's apartheid policy. South Africa stunned Rhodesia with two goals in the first ten minutes -- and to make matters worse this goal by Rhodesia was disallowed for off-side.
There were five white players in the South African side, but only one in the Rhodesian team.
After 20 minutes, South Africa went three ahead when, Mike Collins scored this goal.
South Africa--with forward Pule "Ace" Mtsoelengoe outstanding-- were moving through the Rhodesian defence with absolute ease at this stage of the game. They got through again with this move bit this time the Rhodesian goalkeeper was there to prevent a goal
When South Africa's Stewart Lilley fouled Gwazo, Rhodesia had a chance to get back into the game -- but South African goalkeeper Wilkinson had little trouble with Cikanda's weak penalty kick. South Africa, already leading by three goals to nil, could gave gone further ahead before half time bit an infringement caused this forth goal to be disallowed. The score was still 3-0 at half-time
South Africa start the second half. Sports Minister Doctor Piet Koornhof allowed mixed teams in international events last year, but the decision to allow the crowd to be mixed is believed to have been the match organisers'. James scored this fourth goal only two minutes into the second half and South Africa added three more goals before the finish to complete an over-whelming 7-0 win.