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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...

S.A Only Goldstar
posted: 04:41 pm
Nothing against Teko Modise,but that guy is a jinx.Any team he plays for will never achieve anything.Pitso needs to bench him,F@#$ his experience.He leaves supersports united,they win the league,he leaves pirates,they win the treble.S.A VS Mexico,Teko modise 1on1 with the keeper he misses,that game was crucial for us in the world cup.Yesterday we didnt have the opportunity to watch the match,but as kick-off he missed an open net,whats up with that?Iam not one for demotivating players but Pitso must drop this guy,Bafana dont need you,we as the soccer loving people of this country we certainly dont need you,continue with earning your big cheque at Sundowns,take care of yourself and your family,Pitso please drop teko for the next game before its too late.We need to play in afcon,please pitso.
figoro
posted: 05:23 pm
hey you morrons if modide failed to score wy dd th defenders fail to protect th gol hey cm on u toking crap,wat hez teko done,hitting th post twice must make u c he was th best atacking player on th day.HATERS GO HANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mbeke
posted: 09:00 pm
all those pirate surpoter talking kark about Modise bcs know doing well at downs aftr dimolishing him
mbeke
posted: 09:04 pm
bambulalile,,manje bakhuluma akuthandayo bazonya
tinkler
posted: 10:02 am
eish,,sorry for our neighbours S.A.let's hope that Egypt take their game agaisnt Niger seriously and you qualify.Zebras went down against Togo and BB went down against Niger,Zebras qualified and hopefully you will qualify too,you have Andile Gattuso Jali.if not then support Zebras during the AFCON,adawise gud luck with your last game fellows,,,
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