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South Africa beat Mauritius in Confed warm-up

Hosts South Africa continued preparations for the FIFA Confederations Cup next month with a 2-0 win over Mauritius in a non-cap friendly match on Saturday.

Bafana Bafana (The Boys) included only one overseas-based professional, captain and central defender Aaron Mokoena from Portsmouth, and Brazil-born coach Joel Santana made a host of late substitutions.

It was the same old story from South Africa, who face Iraq, New Zealand and Spain in Group A, with numerous good scoring chances squandered against outclassed Indian Ocean opponents.

Orlando Pirates midfielder Benson Mhlongo got South Africa off to the perfect start before a small Germiston Stadium crowd by scoring with a sixth-minute chip.

But the home team did not clinch victory until midway through the second half when SuperSport United midfielder Lance Davids unleashed a drive past goalkeeper Ivan Jose.

South Africa will be in action again on June 6 when they host Poland at a revamped Orlando Stadium in Soweto when caps will be awarded and face Iraq eight days later in the Confederations Cup opener.

Sat 30 May, 2009
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