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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: 06:09 am
I woke up very happy today knowing dat my team or should I say my country did the nation very very proud! Again well done Pitso and the boyz, but I still blv dat Myeni is far better player than Segolela.
posted: 06:16 am
We were short Aron 'Mbazo' Mokoena there at the otherwise would have gone our way. Re Bafana kaofela
posted: 06:48 am
well done boys your country is very proud of you. Lets go to niger and finish our business and as for de egyptian i dnt pity you @ all.
posted: 07:01 am
good perfomance from our boys!...the defence were superb our midfield were protecting em'....jali shows his matuarity he wasn't playing backward like kuboni...once again khune proved why he is still number one in the country he is in the league of his own...good positioning make every save and catch very simple...four clean sheets in four games!...and some idiots like king,swona,nosi and other pie city fans still think he is overated!... Eish mara tlou should have scored!...damn talking about stage fright!..if he was playing for pie city he would have scored that with his eyes closed!.....anyway big up!...big up to jali again..
posted: 07:19 am
Tlou Segolela cost us maximun points. He was scared of Egyptians whom he used 2 read abt in the Bible!
posted: 07:31 am
That was brave fight by our boys,only three points needed now to take us through.
posted: 07:51 am
BRAVO BAFANAX2. KEEP it up.those Egyptians are very lucky we nearly slaughtered them.those one on one Katlego an Tlou.they must thank their ancestors
Swona Champ!
posted: 07:57 am
its amasing that only SA players were cautioned by this North African ref, will we have a Zimbabweans ref when we play at home? CAF
My Boss
posted: 07:57 am
Last week I said Kickoff is getting info from unreliable source,and it proved to be correct when I said they are pregnant and about to give birth to their biby lies,you guys said TV black out for Bafana and now your baby's father must not maintain this baby so he can die early before it becomes a monster.Well done Babana you are about to qualify,as for you kickoff hang the father of your baby lies.
posted: 07:57 am
Well done boys, the refering was excellent.
42 Guns Pumped Up
posted: 08:03 am
Guys I think sometimes we need to be objective. Katlego and Tlou didn't miss any chances, the goalkeeper made two good saves. Maybe you need an explanation: missing is when you kick a ball and it misses the goalkeeper and the posts. That is called missing!!!

Equally Khune made good saves to keep the score level. So stop criticising this boys, Khune and El Hadry made good saves and must give credit to both goalkeepers to keep the score at 0-0.

No one missed any chance!!!
posted: 08:03 am
Well done BB but we should have taken our chances, Sangweni free header, Mphela one-on-one with keeper & Segolela one-on-one with keeper, I mean killer that is what u strive on but u let us down but still we came with a point & no 1 on the log, so all we need is 3 points 2 qualify
posted: 08:03 am
Well done Bafana you are representing SADC very well, and The Mighty Zebras for mantaining unbeaten record and finishing spot number 1 in group K aren't we proud Batswana?????????
posted: 08:07 am
Where is that moron Dixon??
posted: 08:10 am
Well done boys and Pitso now that's how national team players you fight till the end like true soldiers as for Khune you the best son and for you Andile you on the right track boy keep your head up ,and for the all players you made us proud i can feel this is our cup for front guys let's kill them let's not mic clear cut chances and pitso never call Mbazo to spoil this good team u building.
posted: 08:11 am
Great game boys...We're proud of you all
posted: 08:25 am
It shows that mr K Motaung was right about Khune & Jali. They were outstanding on the night as for Letsholonyane he was lost for duration of the game it was clear that he can't play @ right wing.
posted: 08:32 am
Welldone boys
Koos 88
posted: 08:32 am
ell done to the boys for a great result,however it should have been better,Mphela and Tso should have taken those chances as it is what a striker must do aNd for those that say Pienaar must go to hell and Jali should take that position please stop being ignorant Pienaar brings much more then Skillful play to the team but also commands the game and creates play for the team.Jali is a great player and I see him in the first 11 but at whos expense?Maybe he should leave Pirates and go overseas where he will work with great coaches that will develop him into a world class attacking midfielder..South Aficas footballing future really gets me excited when i think about it..WELL DONE BOYS
posted: 08:38 am
Great game Bafana bt Pitso especially, he has instilled in the boys a sense of belief, intensity and arrogance that we haven't seen in a long time. Shabba is too quite for a captain, Gould,Khune and KG were doing all the talking, if he wants that armband permanently, he needs to toughen up a bit!
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