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South Africa draw with Morocco to top AFCON 2013 Group A

Posted: 27 January 2013 Time: 19:51

South Africa have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals after a 2-2 draw against Morocco at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Sunday evening.

All the awesome photos of last night's action HERE!

Bafana Bafana twice went behind to goals from El Adoua and Hafdi, but responses from May Mahlangu and Siyabonga Sangweni secured the point which saw the hosts go through.

For a video of the match highlights, click HERE!

The north Africans started strongly and fired an early warning shot when Kadioui’s effort from just outside the area went wide. Shortly afterwards, the same player forced Itumeleng Khune into a smart save after running onto a lobbed pass.

However, Morocco’s dominance was eventually rewarded on 10 minutes when El Adoua rose highest at a corner to head the ball into the back of the net, though Khune should have done better with the cross.

Despite scoring the goal, the north Africans refused to sit back and almost netted twice in as many minutes when Belghazouani’s shot was turned around the corner. From the resultant set-piece, El Adoua had another free header that went narrowly wide.

Bafana’s first shot at target came on 27 minutes when Bernard Parker found some space in the box, but he dragged his effort across the face of goal.

Morocco had another great chance to extend their lead in the 45th minute when Chafni was sent clean through on goal, but Khune raced out of his area and saved with his feet.

Barrada tested Khune with a shot early in the second half, but Bafana were much better after the break and almost drew level when Thuso Phala’s free-kick forced a brilliant one-handed save from Lamyaghri.

However, on the hour-mark Morocco should have doubled their lead when a mistake from Sangweni allowed El Arabi a free run at Khune, but again the Kaizer Chiefs man came out on top with an excellent one-handed save.

Goalkeeper Lamyaghri was having a great game and, after saving a snap-shot from Thulani Serero, he did well to tip a Phala free-kick around the post.

Then, on 71 minutes, a moment of magic from Mahlangu. Some nice interplay with Tokelo Rantie allowed the midfielder some space on the edge of the area, and he made no mistake with a brilliant curling effort.

All the awesome photos of last night's action HERE!

Bafana were making all the play but, against the run of play, they found themselves behind again. The Moroccans broke down the right and Bergdich’s cross found Hafidi, who fired past Khune.

Bafana were in trouble, but again they managed to find an equaliser, and again it was a special goal. The ball broke to Sangweni, who found himself in acres of space and with a sight of goal, and he made no mistake with a curling effort into the far corner.

It was a nervy end for Bafana, who also lost Mahlangu to injury, but they managed to hang on for the draw that sees them progress as group winners.

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:06 pm
They were blaming Khune a moment ago now they are praising him - football fans are the same all over the world. CONGRATS South Africa, the rest of the tournament would not have been the same without the glamourous hosts.
Click! Clique Bang!!!
posted: 09:06 pm
Siya sangweni - no doubt a DTC player.
Khosi my Religion - 2012/2013 PSL Champions
posted: 09:07 pm
by their own admission pirates fans didnt care about bafana and had better things to do with their time and never believed in the team in the first place, even predicting that we wont make it thru the first round, may i please ask why then do they waste their 'precious time' watching 'chokers' as they had put it?
posted: 09:07 pm
Khune khune khune !! Siya Siya siya siya
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 09:08 pm
heeeeeeeeeeee hawwwwwwwwwwww. Yes ,we are officially in busines !!!!!!.
'' the boys are back in town , the boys are back in town, the boys are back in town !!!!!!!!''.
Thank u Siyabonga sangweni ,the zulu warrior . Heheheheh he scored that goal like a seasoned striker. May mahlangu is just what we need in that midfield, he just needs to regularly start playing regularly and hel be nothing but an asset for us in future. Furman my man welcome to real international football ,u just need more seasoning and playing in a real league and ul be alright.!!!! All u pirate haters go to hell ,dont come here with ur masepa tendencies here ,this match was fucken difficult and tough the morrocans came with bazookas blazing so even jali and dracula wouldnt hav made a difference!!!!
The CV Chef MUST Die
posted: 09:08 pm
Thank you Sangweni,
Thank You Mahlangu,
well done hlokoloza ,
Thank you very much Tovey
Navigator Wonder
posted: 09:08 pm
Dr Sangweni" the Iron man" Siyabonga Baba and to Khune keep your head down great things are coming your way boy....
posted: 09:09 pm
Hail siyabonga "thanks" sangweni...dis man nvr give up...I love his fightng spirit
posted: 09:09 pm
This is how you win championships, a never say die attitude, Two beautiful goals to come back from behind. well done TEAM SA....now we lie in wait....
Gcwabe(The Bank Robber)
posted: 09:10 pm
Thank u Bafana baChiefs!
posted: 09:11 pm
Bafana were in trouble, but again they managed to find an equaliser, and again it was a special goal. The ball broke to Sangweni, who found himself in acres of space and with a sight of goal, made no mistake with a curling effort into the far corner.

Top goalscorer of Bafana #Afcon2013
Bakaniya For Life
posted: 09:11 pm
Did you see what the Cade Ved did at the post match inter! That's passion right there. I just hope CAF doesn't fine them.
posted: 09:11 pm
Well done boys. I take my hat off to Sangweni. The man has the kind of confidence that is lacking amongst many strikers.

Itumeleng Khune. What more can I say ? This man is just out of this world. We are lucky that for the next 4 years all we need to do is sort out our in field issues. Khune will be around for the next. 5 years.

May Mahlangu. What a massive player. !!!!!!!

Well done Bafana Bafana. from now on anything can happen. Well done once more boys.
Lord Vincent
posted: 09:11 pm
Pathetic Zebras had a field day manking fun of his age and calling him all kinds of names. If it wasn't for him Gordon would be in tears now!
posted: 09:13 pm
Congratulations to Bafana Bafana and love from Lagos, Nigeria
Donald Duck
posted: 09:14 pm
TMG 2009
posted: 09:15 pm
Thanks to SIYABONGA, MAHLANHU & KHUNE for a great work...PHALA i so hope younwill repay the faith GI has in you sooner than later, u played all 3 full games and still doesnt deliver...how on earth a defender in SAYI have a better technique than u pls pull up ur socks man!!! U were actually the weakestet link in the team and the coach should have taken u out than KILLER, u c more of the ball than any SA player but waste all of them u r just like SHABBA in recent time....pls do us all a favour and do ur best in the next game cos u will be in the starting 11 pls man PHALA
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 09:15 pm
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 09:04 pm | Report
Surely now Sangweni must be converted to be a striker, what great technique from a defender, this guys' a true a champ indeed. BAFANA BA SANGWENI Hahahahahahaha
Hehe it was a well taken goal indeed, this soldier must swap positions with Rvp Mabena. He can be an asset to our country' striking force.
posted: 09:17 pm
welldone boys .. SPIDER MADALA ,MAY MAHLANGU, NIEL TOVEY AND SIYABONGA NTSIMBI SANGWENI a special thanks for saving us ehlazweni ...up the bucs
Donald Duck
posted: 09:17 pm
Bongani Khumalo is a complete waste of oxygen. I really don't know why we have to suffer like this. Until GI wakes up and remove this cow, we will be in trouble
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