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Egypt 0 South Africa 0 in Afcon qualifier

Posted: 5 June 2011 Time: 22:32

Bafana Bafana are edging closer to qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations after putting up a brave fight to earn a point in Egypt.

‘The Pharaohs’ camped inside Bafana’s half from the first minute, but at the interval Bafana had held on to end the half goalless.

Early on, Egypt’s Ahmed Elmohamady was brought down by Tsepo Masilela down the right flank and Ahmed Fathy’s free-kick was cleared by the Bafana defence.

Bafana didn’t sit back though, taking the fight to the Egyptians.

Katlego Mphela’s free-kick in the 14th minute was rather a tame effort, which Essam El-Hadary easily collected.

After the nerves had settled, Siphiwe Tshabalala was booked in the 22nd minute for a deliberate handball.

The Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, captain on the night, protested the decision, but Tunisian referee Slim Jedidi was having none of it.

But this did little to dampen Bafana’s spirit as they went on the offensive. Tshabalala whipped in a corner to find Siyabonga Sangweni at the far post in the 28th minute, but El-Hadary made a fine save at his near post.

The best chance of the half fell kindly to Mphela in the 36th minute, but ‘Killer’ didn’t live up to his nickname when he fluffed the opportunity.

It was a copycat of his last-gasp goal against Egypt on March 26 against the same Egypt team at the Coca Cola Park stadium, but Mphela this time shot straight into the legs of El-Hadary.

Bafana could have easily been ahead.

On the stroke of half-time, Itumeleng Khune produced a brilliant save, after Elmohamady picked up the ball unmarked in the box in the 45th minute and then shot with his right, but Khune pulled off a fantastic save.

The score at the interval was goalless.

The Pharaohs came out the better side in the second half, but Bafana’s resolute defence led by Khune was simply a brick wall.

In the 59th minute, Ahmed Fathy broke through into the box to pounce on a great defence-splitting pass and had time and space to take aim at Khune's goal, but the latter was once again at his best, diving to push the ball away for a corner.

Mphela had a great chance of his own just after the hour mark, but faltered with the goalkeeper to beat, as he rounded El-Hadary but he was dispossessed by Mahmoud Fathalla.

With eight minutes of regulation time left, El-Hadary, a hero in Egypt, was on the receiving end of verbal abuse from the fans after he rushed out of his box for a loose ball, headed it away, but Andile Jali beat him to the next ball.

Jali then exchanged a couple of passes with Tshabalala, who ultimately took a shot at Egypt's open net, but it went over the crossbar.

In the dying seconds substitute Tlou Segolela failed to beat El-Hadary in a one-on-one situation.

Nonetheless, Bafana have done enough to earn a vital point away from home.

South Africa: Itumeleng Khune – Anele Ngcongca, Tsepo Masilela, Siyabonga Sangweni, Morgan Gould – Kagisho Dikgacoi, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Andile Jali, Siphiwe Tshabalala (Bevan Fransman 90th) – Katlego Mphela (Davide Somma 86th), Bernard Parker (Tlou Segolela 75th)

Egypt: Essam El-Hadary - Ahmed Fathy, Sayed Moawad, Mahmoud Fathalla (Amr Sulaya 79th), Wael Gomma - Hossam Ghali, Abdel El-Zaher, Ahmed Elmohamady, Mahmoud Shikabala (Ahmed Ali Kamel 65th)- Mohamed Zidan (Mohamed Nagy 58th), Hosni Abd Rabou

Referee: Slim Jedidi (Tunisia) Cautions: Tshabalala, Parker, Khune, Sangweni

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:40 pm
Well done Boys we a really proud of u, it was not easy n u make it 2 de last mnts
posted: 10:42 pm
Well done Boys we a really proud of u, it was not easy n u make it 2 de last mnts
posted: 10:46 pm
well done to the whole team. Hats off to Messers Khune, Gould, Dikgacoi, Jali and Parker
posted: 10:47 pm
well done guys, but i still believe bafana should have won wit those one on one chances missed by mphela and segolela. Oh well atleast egypt is not goin to afcon. Im sure that mzansi hater isaah hayatou is devastated.!
Mpofana Eeeeeeenhle
posted: 10:50 pm
Congratulations Boys, Pisto and South Africa. That 7 mins added from no where didnt make things easier but you hung up there. U have grown in stature n Pitso has instilled that arrogance in u to be scared of no one. U re destined for bigger things Bafana Bafana!!
posted: 10:50 pm
Well done boys u made us proud
posted: 10:52 pm
to mr Mosimane - i am starting to like you as a coach.... And to da Boys - well done, u made us proud and thanks for kicking those LASER boys out da qualifiers..
posted: 10:57 pm
Tlou and Mphela killed us 2-0 should have been the final score. Well done to the boys. Khune was marvelous.shabba the captains armband was a bit heavy for him but he will get use to it. WELL DONE BAFANA
42 Guns Pumped Up
posted: 10:57 pm
On Friday I said Pienaar can go to hell Jali deserve that position forever. Well done boys I don't think we could have done it if the fatigued prima-donna was playing, always falling all over the places.
posted: 10:57 pm
Well done boys, i have alwayz bealive that if there is a team that will upset Egypt is mzantsi, am vindicated
posted: 10:57 pm
The boys played the hearts out, Draw is not true reflection of the score, u deserve more, Big up to Khune, Gould, Anele and Jali, Pitso bring more youngsters to bafana setup. Serero you are the missing link between strikers, can't wait to c u n jali togetherwe also need right midfielder/winger too
posted: 10:58 pm
reneilwe yeye letsholonya. Andile 'little mr creativity' jali those 2 in the middle of the park r better than any of our previous middle fielders those 2 r simply unbeleavable we shld always them and rotate on Dk wow we dominated them. Killer. Sox. Parker u could hv done better. Finally chiefs n particularlly Pirates r dominating the domestic front. Well done 2 the mighty bafana bafana.
posted: 10:58 pm
Congrats pitso and the boys. However still puzzeled by the 7min added what for? Why also a referee from the neighbourhood. Corruption in african footbal
posted: 10:59 pm
Well done Bafana! But we should hv done better those clear chance mmmmmm" Khune Jali Yeye KG Ngcongca and our defence did very well. Wherez Bigmouth now I told you dat yo cow won't beat dis great team
posted: 11:00 pm
well done khune
posted: 11:04 pm
Wow! Khune, anele, gould, jali, yeye, and kagisho well done boyz. All i can say iz WOW!
posted: 11:05 pm
yes yes we did it,,were r all the haters?? you all say we cant get out cairo bla bla,,hey bafana is pathetic,,bla bla,where r u now??get out of those caves & lets hear what you say...

south african lets b proud of our team,our country even though we have all the haters on our door steps,,you were all waiting 4 bafana to loose & open all your stinking mouths,, am proudly south african & will always be..

from USA, we say well done boys
KEIZER (florida)USA
posted: 11:05 pm
Good result 4 da boys & country as whole! We should have buried them in thier own back-yard but thier keeper as always saved them. The team need a leader, captain who can encourage them & remind them as to what is at stake all the time. We are proud of u boys!
posted: 11:06 pm
Well done bafana bafana away game is not pap and vleis!
posted: 11:14 pm
Well done boys, the score line isn't true reflection of the game. BB should have burried them alive.
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