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Posted: 4 September 2011 Time: 18:42

Bafana Bafana were beaten 2-1 by Niger in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier Niamey on Sunday.

Niger's goals came from Dankwa E Kofi and Moussa Maazou, before Andile Jali brought one back for Bafana.

The West Africans have jumped to the top of the standings on nine points, though South Africa and Sierra Leone (who beat Egypt 2-1 on Saturday) are still very much in the race to win the group with eight points apiece.

The hosts went 1-0 up in the opening minutes of the match, Kofi rising unmarked for a header from a corner.

Teko Modise had the best chances for South Africa in the first half, hitting the post twice; once early in the match and again, missing an open net, 10 minutes before half-time.

Bafana settled down after conceding early on, but looked to be struggling without the injured Katlego Mphela.

As half-time approached the wind picked up, cooling the heat somewhat, and Bafana looked more in control of the game.

Lehlohonolo Majoro was brought on for Thulani Serero at the beginning of the second half.

Bernard Parker blasted a shot over the bar just after the restart, after being set up by Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Then in the first few minutes of the second half Moussa Mazou scored from close range, after some poor defending by South Africa.

With 20 minutes to go Jali scored a fantastic goal to give South Africa a glimmer of hope, after some great teamwork in midfield.

But it was not enough, and the score remained 2-1, for Pitso Mosimane's first loss as coach of South Africa.

In the remaining Group G fixtures, Egypt play Niger at home and Bafana host Sierra Leone.

Niger are on nine points, Bafana and Sierra Leone on eight, and Egypt – who are out of the running – on two.

To finish top of the group Bafana must win their last match against Sierra Leone, and hope Niger either draw or lose against Egypt.

If we draw with Sierra Leone, and Egypt beat Niger, the top three teams will have nine points, and the placing will come down to goal difference.

As it stands Bafana have a goal difference of +2, Niger +1 and Sierra Leone 0.

The two best second-placed teams from all groups also qualify (apart from Group K, in which winner and runner-up qualify because of the late inclusion of Togo).

If South Africa lose to Sierra Leone, they will be eliminated from the competition.

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Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 08:01 pm
We wnt qualify pitso cost us hw could we play without target man nw is lngr into our own hands he should slow hs pride nd bring bk beni nd mbazo xprienc is needed in qualfies
emmy78
posted: 08:02 pm
@ Sbuda duuu , If Niger Beat Egypt it will be almost impossible for Bafana to qualify, because there are only two spots left for second Best, and some second in some groups have 13 and 11 Points already and If Bafana win against Sierra Leone the best they will have is 11 Point.
Sudan Has 13 Points already and they are second in their Group.
The Ghost
posted: 08:02 pm
@ Mpho Mukwevho ... you are right brother man,losing happens even to the best of them.
kabza7
posted: 08:03 pm
If Pitso went for a win ,he shud have got something from this match as always we aim low, we got nothing jst lyk in Cairo we shud hav got more than a point if we went for a win.Bafana Bafana lack confidence whats wrong with talking win win win.Now we might not qualify cos we scared to talk about winning and walk the talk.We nid to change our mentality tis modesty is sending us no where we hav better quality of players we shud hav got sumthing from this match.
The Ghost
posted: 08:04 pm
@ Emmy 78, eish you are right man, the prospects look grim because Egypt threw a lifeline for these teams by deciding to field an under 23 team.
The Ghost
posted: 08:05 pm
@ Kabza7 yes it did not look as if Bafana went there to WIN AT ALL COSTS!!
kabza7
posted: 08:05 pm
If Pitso went for a win ,he shud have got something from this match as always we aim low, we got nothing jst lyk in Cairo we shud hav got more than a point if we went for a win.Bafana Bafana lack confidence whats wrong with talking win win win.Now we might not qualify cos we scared to talk about winning and walk the talk.We nid to change our mentality tis modesty is sending us no where we hav better quality of players we shud hav got sumthing from this match.
Anonymous
posted: 08:06 pm
kabza:2011-09-04 20:03


If Pitso went for a win ,he shud have got something from this match as always we aim low, we got nothing jst lyk in Cairo we shud hav got more than a point if we went for a win.Bafana Bafana lack confidence whats wrong with talking win win win.Now we might not qualify cos we scared to talk about winning and walk the talk.We nid to change our mentality tis modesty is sending us no where we hav better quality of players we shud hav got sumthing from this match.


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My friend, could hv won in Egypt, SEcowLELA missed a clear cut chance.
The absence of Yeye and Pienaar played a part.
The Ghost
posted: 08:06 pm
Imagine this scenario, Botswana qualifies in convincing fashion, Angola do, and South Africa fail.
Anonymous
posted: 08:07 pm
hard luck boys better luck next ttime. da coach must drop useless parker n teko.
Anonymous
posted: 08:08 pm
No one is forced to support Bafana Bafana and if u can't leave our team in peace-we are fed up with ama hypocrites : To Bafana it was gonna be a tough one and u gave your best......
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 08:13 pm
PAKA PLAYED THE WHOLE 90MIN AS A STRIKER N DDNT EVEN HVE ONE SHORT AT A GOAL, SHABA DIDNT SHOOT TO THE GOAL...ONLY A PIRATES DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER N ITS REJECT WERE A THORN 2 THAT NIGER DEFENCE.

SEGOLELA WAS GONNA CARRY BAFANA ON HIS SHOULDERS...THE MORE WE PLAY MORE BUCS PLAYERS IN THE LAST GAME THE BETTER. SHABA SHOWED HIS TRUE COLOURS...THOSE COLOURS THAT MADE HIM PASS THE FOREST TRIAL.

JALI MUST BE CAPTAIN...NO NEED 2 NEGETIATE...MYENI MUST REPLACE SHABA...S-CURL/NDULULA MUST REPLACE PAKA, ACE MUST REPLACE MODISE...THIS CURSE WONT SCORE..THE MORE HE IS WITH THE NATIONAL TEAM....THERE MORE TEARS N DISAPOINTMENTS OUR WAY

PAKA + KHUNE + SHABA = LOSE 4 BAFANA
Anonymous
posted: 08:13 pm
godfrey:2011-09-04 19
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Stop pushing your cows in our national team please!

That COWupa Manyasa is not a national team material, finish and klaar.

The absence of YEYE and Pienaar played a part.

The fact that your cow has scored his first goal doesn't justify the fact is a star, He will remain a midget and a cow.
emmy78
posted: 08:16 pm
@ Sbuda duuu , If Niger Beat Egypt it will be almost impossible for Bafana to qualify, because there are only two spots left for second Best, and some second in some groups have 13 and 11 Points already and If Bafana win against Sierra Leone the best they will have is 11 Point.
Sudan Has 13 Points already and they are second in their Group.
Anonymous
posted: 08:17 pm
Why does it have to be Chiefs and Pirates na, I thought Bafana Bafana was playing today not Chiefs and Pirates, mcim some people are just plain idiots nxa
emmy78
posted: 08:21 pm
@ Sbuda duuu , If Niger Beat Egypt it will be almost impossible for Bafana to qualify, because there are only two spots left for second Best, and some second in some groups have 13 and 11 Points already and If Bafana win against Sierra Leone the best they will have is 11 Point.
Sudan Has 13 Points already and they are second in their Group.
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 08:24 pm
KHUNE OPENNED HIS LEGS AS USUAL..IN THE LAST GAME WE WANT MOENEEB...WE MUST DO AWAY WITH THESE ONE GAME WONDERS. SHABA WAS PLAYING WHICH POSITION...A CAPTAIN WITHOUT AN ASSIST, A SHORT AT GOAL....UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF SHABA SA IS GOING NOWHERE...

GIVE THE CAPTAINCY 2 ANY BUCS PLAYER...WE CANT HAVE A LEFT SIDE MIDFIELDER AS A CAPTAIN...PITSO IS CREATING A LAUGHING STOCK OUT OF US THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY, WE CANT BE LED BY A TRIAL FAILURE IN MVELA ENGLAND

CHIEFS PLAYERS CONTRIBUTED 2 OUR LOSS, KHUNE DIDNT EVEN MAKE A SAVE, IF SANGWENI WAS NOT IN THAT DEFENCE, IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A HEAVY SCORE....KHUNE IS ON HIS MENSTRUATION...THE GOALS WILL JUST FLOW IN..
Anonymous
posted: 08:26 pm
blood bayana babastered!can even beat the weakest w.african team let alone the young stars.Up BS
Anonymous
posted: 08:29 pm
The name Andile Jali & Oupa Manyisa are synonymous to S.A football & Pitso must wake up to use this terrible treble twins in the midfield of Bafana.if they are the best pair thus far,why separate them.
It doesn't matter is they are playing for the same team!they have proven beyond doubts that they are the best in the country.
emmy78
posted: 08:29 pm
@ Sbuda duuu , If Niger Beat Egypt it will be almost impossible for Bafana to qualify, because there are only two spots left for second Best, and some second in some groups have 13 and 11 Points already and If Bafana win against Sierra Leone the best they will have is 11 Point.
Sudan Has 13 Points already and they are second in their Group.
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