Cameroon South Africa Bafana Afcon qualifier report
Posted: 26 March 2016 Time: 18:35
South Africa twice surrendered the lead to draw 2-2 with Cameroon as Hlompho Kekana scored a wonder-goal in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Limbe on Saturday.
Bafana Bafana took the lead with a beautiful goal from Tokelo Rantie, who times his run to perfection and was played in behind by Mpho Makola before rounding the goalkeeper and finishing on his left foot.
Rantie was guity of missing a gilt-edged chance to make it 2-0 in the 44th minute. The striker played a neat one-two with Andile Jali and made a great run inside from the right channel, found himself clean through one-on-one with goalkeeper Ndy Assembe, but he hesitated and the keeper made the block.
That missed chance would be rued as the Indomitable Lions equalised in fine fashion right on the stroke of half-time when Sebastien Siani chested the ball and volleyed from 25 yards to give Itumeleng Khune no chance.
But five minutes into the second half, Kekana scored what could be a contender for FIFA Goal of the Year as he won the ball in his own half before unleashing a sensational long-shot over the stranded Ndy Assembe to put Bafana 2-1 up. Watch that goal below!
But the home side equalised again in the 66th minute, this time from an outswinging set-piece from the left. Nicolas Nkoulou towered above Rivaldo Coetzee – who was left with two players to mark as Erick Mathoho and Mpho Makola backed away and didn't challenge – to power a header past Khune.
In stoppage time either side could have snatched three points. Khune – who made a couple of decent saves throughout the match – needed Thulani Hlatshwayo to bail him out of trouble when the keeper put a weak punch behind the ball from a header across goal, the ball looped up and was heading in but the Bidvest Wits centre-back produced a brilliant acrobatic clearance off the line just in the nick of time.
Then in the final movement of the game, in the 93rd minute, Bafana also had a strong penalty appeal waved away when Thulani Serero was impeded in the area after producing a great piece of skill to ghost past the defender, who deliberately stuck an arm out, but the referee gave nothing.
The result is a big blow for Shakes Mashaba's side, who ideally needed to win both games against Cameroon but have to settle from a point away from home.
South Africa: Khune, Ngcongca (Coetzee 45’), Hlatshwayo, Mathoho, Matlaba, Jali, Kekana, Masango, Makola (Twala 72’), Rantie, Gabuza (Serero 46’)
Cameroon: Ndy Assembe, Nkoulou, Chedjou, Bedimo, Nyom, Mbia, Siani (Matip 78’), Mandjeck, Zoua, Bekamenga, Salli (Abang 59’)