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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: 11:15 pm
Where are the thomases any way u cant find theme now. We are very happy for that point we are not inside we are on topppp.........
posted: 11:16 pm
Wel done Bafana Bafana u playd ur hearts out under dat hostile bt stil u came out supreme wow i m proud 2 b a south african n 2 hell wt north african teams n their referees
posted: 11:17 pm
Jali is fitting in nice in SA style of play. I will sacrifice Pinaar for him. Wow Gould is a soldier and To all the boys and Jingles you guys slowly but surely are becoming an African Power house.
posted: 11:19 pm
Serero and claasen should make their way to that team, wow we need to work on our finishing, but hey guys u ddnt miss, the keeper did very well, u did ur part! Everyone worked very hard and I really hate the attitude of egyptians playas, they kick our playas and rush them to stand up, where is the fairplay? But all will be fine, we haven't conceeded a goal in 6 matches (kenya and tanzania)
posted: 11:25 pm
well done boys, u did very well, the referee should have called the egyptian supporters to order, less said about the 7mins the better.
Mpofana Eeeeeeenhle
posted: 11:30 pm
Khune brilliant in goals, real no.1 goalkeeper. Captains armband was too much for Shabba, he was erratic, not the usual self. Jali an engine room for Bafana, showed why he should have a least got one of the big Awards. Mphela and Tlou mara why?? Pitso, I like yo arrogance, has produced good results n yo boys re very confident now. Keep it up, n CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER!!!
posted: 11:32 pm
I'm very proud to be a SAn....but still have 2 word on our organisation we real have to punnish teams like these.
posted: 11:39 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
posted: 11:46 pm
All I have to say to the Pharaohs is: "Two more years boys, two more years"... and oh... Next time bring more lasers! Thats your only chance of beating RSA at this rate.
posted: 11:47 pm
Jali is man of the match n wel done but we shud have scored 2 goals mphela n tlou no man
posted: 12:18 am
thanks to u al boys, u behaved lyk man, m proud of u, u had made my dae, especialy u mhlekazi, gattuso. For me u r da man of da match, keep it up boys, u r almost there,
posted: 12:38 am
Guyz jali wil rul da midfield 4eva.shaba shud ply messi's role n serero as iniesta blv me we'l be unta...chable
posted: 01:35 am
khune well done pulled off great saves
posted: 02:08 am
gr8 match da boiz showd character, the less said bowt killer da beta mxm, khune in goal was owtstanding jelas down, as 4 jali yena u belong in dat midfield kwedin. The ref was an ass mxm...I think its fair 2 say African futball has caught up wid da Pharos...viva Bafana
posted: 04:51 am
good job ,but nearly finished.well done boys make us proud.
posted: 05:34 am
We need to go for a kill when the opponent is down and I think we still failing on that department. Anyway the boys played well and I take my hat off for Andile Jali, the has abig heart. Mphela and Tlou come on guys, how can you not score on those one and one situations. Morgan should be careful, I don't trust those African Refs especially if I look back in some of the penalties we have concerded in previous games.
posted: 05:38 am
i hv no many words. Well done Pitso. 4 me personally i cn c the direction u taking our team to. As 4 u guys pls do away with being coaches. We r supporters.thats all. Pitso cnt play all our fav players. What if serero played and missed that chance lyk segolela? Wudnt u hv blamed hm too? Ag come on we shud b thanking Pitso that by giving all these in form players a chance 2 play,he has in the process created a lot of depth in our team.
posted: 05:50 am
I concure Petrus, Gould should be careful in the box.
posted: 05:57 am
well done boys... Jali...yo haters are having a hard time swallowing the humble pie, keep feeding them boy. Khune, well done boy...u are my joint MOM with Jali. Thumbs up Pitso, and all the best in taking us back to the African soccer throne. We shall rule again.
posted: 06:00 am
Well done Bafana yesterday you were not just BOYS but men even when the Egytians fell like babies but you guys did not crack at the back there but please guys let us finish those chances Segolela and Katlego yo yo yo I can not believe it when you failed to convert clear cut opportunities like lawa enibe nawo. Siyanibongela lokhu enikwenzile nikwenze nakwabanye.
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