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Posted: 8 October 2011 Time: 18:41

South Africa missed out on qualification for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations after playing to a 0-0 draw with Sierra Leone at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.

Though outgoing African champions Egypt defeated group leaders Niger 3-0 in Cairo, the combination of results was not enough to send South Africa through.

Niger, South Africa and Sierra Leone all ended on nine points, but Niger claimed the most points from a ‘mini-league’ between the three teams, meaning they advance as group winners and will play in the Nations Cup for the first time in their history.

According to the Regulations of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations GABON-GUINEA EQUATORIAL 2012 Article 14, these are the criteria for teams tied in a group:

In case of equality of points between two or more teams, after all the group matches, the ranking of the teams shall be established according to the following criteria: 14.1 Greater number of points obtained in the matches between the concerned teams; 14.2. Best goal difference in the matches between the concerned teams; 14.3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the concerned teams; 14.4. Greater number of away goals scored in the direct matches between the concerned teams; 14.5. Goal difference in all the group matches; 14.6. Greatest number of goals scored in all the group matches; 14.7. A drawing of lots by the Organising Committee of CAF.

According to these rules, Niger qualify, because in results between the three:

Niger GF 5 GA 5 GD 0 P 6 South Africa GF 3 GA 2 GD +1 P 5 Sierra Leone GF 2 GA 3 GD -1 P 5

Sierra Leone started the match strongly and were the better team in the opening quarter hour, with strikers Tetteh Bangura and Mohamed Bangura proving a handful for South Africa’s defence.

Bafana Bafana gradually took a stranglehold in midfield and began to dominate possession, but they were unable to really stretch the well-organised Leone Stars backline.

The visitors’ goalkeeper Christian Caulker had only one save of any significance to make in the first half, smothering Katlego Mphela’s dipping free-kick five minutes before the break.

As for Itumeleng Khune, he had a couple of nervy moments from corner kicks and crosses by Sierra Leone’s wingers, but otherwise he was well protected by the likes of Morgan Gould and Siyabonga Sangweni.

The West Africans were the first to threaten a goal in the second half, with central defender Mohamed Kamara heading just wide of goal from a corner kick 10 minutes after the restart.

Just past the hour mark Siphiwe Tshabalala had a chance to put Bafana Bafana ahead but he shot wide of the target after breaking into space in the ‘D’ of the penalty area.

By this stage Egypt were 2-0 up against Niger in Cairo and South Africa believed they were on course to top the group, but Sierra Leone gave warning of their danger in the 72nd minute with a swerving shot from Sheriff Suma that forced a splendid save from Khune.

Sierra Leone’s Caulker was also tested from long range, punching away a fierce Tshabalala free-kick on 83 minutes.

At this stage the game was very much in the balance – with Niger now 3-0 down in Cairo, Bafana thought they only needed to hang onto the draw, while a goal for the Leone Stars would have seen them through.

In the end the match ended 0-0 and South Africa’s players celebrated at the final whistle, mistakenly believing they had qualified for 2012.

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Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 07:04 pm
Thank you Egypt!! We don't hav what it takes & there is nothing 2b proud of. Our coach is clueless! I don't knw which position Parker plays! Our players were flat & not motivated as they failed 2 score at home. Pitso must go!!
Anonymous
posted: 07:05 pm
Well done Bafana Bafana (see i said Bafana bafana,not Pirats or chiefs) . Afcon here we come!. KHUNE should be nominated FOR OSCARS 2012 in the BEST ACTOR CATEGORY!!...
chronic2001
posted: 07:06 pm
sis south africa,i know some people will celebrate as if it was a good perfomans by SA mare i see a lot of pain for SA come january i know king will back me upnon this one,but anyway congrats SA we'll meet in jan

chronic2001 gabs,botswana
Anonymous
posted: 07:06 pm
Itumeleng 'spider kid' Khune i am proud of your acting boy you deserve an academy award. And i was very impressed with Pitso's substitutions Yeye and Ace. Well done boys.
Anonymous
posted: 07:08 pm
We qualified yes but do we have what it takes to compete there? we have a big task ahead. well done to egypt.
Anonymous
posted: 07:09 pm
South Africans must 100% thank Egypt for helping them scrape through the qualifers
Anonymous
posted: 07:10 pm
Credit 2 Egypt & not useless SA! If there were no RIOT in Cairo, Egypt wld hav qualified. Pitso is very useless! We played without strikers as Mphela was tired and Parker plays as a goalkeper. Cheese boy shld hav been brought in 4 useless captain. We don't deserve 2 qualify!
Anonymous
posted: 07:10 pm
well done 2 egypt! Well done 2 Bafana Boyz. I love Siya, Ace, khune, Pa, Classen, Oupa, Killer, Gonondo, Gould, Shabba, Yeye, Parker i love u ol boyz. m proud of u big ups 2 Pitso. He cnt satisfy every 1! Mzansi 4sho. Whao my boyz made my day. Dose hu hv evil souls mst go & hang demselves & contieu 2 go 2 hell futseeek.
Anonymous
posted: 07:11 pm
Egypt make our banana to qulify and they can come early at AFCON without scoring any goal.rubbish futbol
Anonymous
posted: 07:12 pm
u have a point sydney... Dy hve more time 2 prepare thmslvs... Shaaaaapa Bafana Bafana shaaaaaapa!
Anonymous
posted: 07:12 pm
Pitso if you want to win the AFCON drop the under-performing Zebras , Nyawana n Itu 'Madluphuthu' Cowne to be exact.

I'm a T-Champ til Mfundi Vundla sees Itu 'Madluphuthu' Cowne.
Anonymous
posted: 07:12 pm
Khune's fake injury won it for us now Khune is doing what Pacow should be doing up front that is scoring goals as Today Khune was our striker scoring that all important point
Anonymous
posted: 07:13 pm
iyooooh,never thought I was this patriotic been at the edge of my seat the whole time sorry Robert marawa sorry and to that sangoma who wanted to curse bafana I say to you God is great.
Anonymous
posted: 07:13 pm
Say Thank You Egypt a hundred times and you will still not be payin enough respect!! It just shows the caliber of football the Pharos have at all levels with our U23 team we thrashed the top seeded team in the AFCON qualification to state one point ..This is Egypt and we are still all time African Champions and good luck to the boys!!
Anonymous
posted: 07:13 pm
Thanks to Egypt. They did us a huge favor. But anyway, good luck to our boys on their way to the AFCON.
Anonymous
posted: 07:15 pm
Kanti whats everyones problem? Bafana bafana qualified for afcon ,isnt that something to celebrate? U guys have ur priorities messed up
Anonymous
posted: 07:15 pm
Say Thank You Egypt a hundred times and you will still not be payin enough respect!! It just shows the caliber of football the Pharos have at all levels with our U23 team we thrashed the top seeded team in the AFCON qualification to state one point ..This is Egypt and we are still all time African Champions and good luck to the boys!!
Anonymous
posted: 07:17 pm
We were playing like an away team defending with nine players. shame on u pitso. our players were saving their energy to dance after the game thats S.A for u.
Anonymous
posted: 07:17 pm
Pitso promise us qualification,were a de profets of doom
Anonymous
posted: 07:17 pm
Say Thank You Egypt a hundred times and you will still not be payin enough respect!! It just shows the caliber of football the Pharos have at all levels with our U23 team we thrashed the top seeded team in the AFCON qualification to state one point ..This is Egypt and we are still all time African Champions and good luck to the boys!!
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