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Posted: 5 June 2011 Time: 09:46's Tiyani wa ka Mabasa takes a close look at today's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Egypt and Bafana Bafana.

Bafana can eliminate Pharaohs

South Africa can eliminate seven-time African champions Egypt on Sunday if they avoid defeat in a crunch Group G qualifying match for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Match Details

Egypt vs South Africa Competition: 2012 AFCON qualifier Date: June 5, 2011 Time: 8.30pm Venue: Cairo Military Academy Stadium Broadcast: Live on SABC 1

Panic sets in among the Egyptians

Sierra Leone beat Niger 1-0 in Freetown on Saturday, June 4, to blow Group G wide open but most importantly for South Africa, they will return home from Egypt still top of the group regardless of their result in Cairo. Bafana are on seven points after three matches, while Niger are on six from four matches and Sierra Leone lie in third with five points in four matches.

Egypt are languishing at the basement with a single point from three matches and panic has set in among the Egyptians on realisation that if they fail to beat Bafana Bafana, then Hassan Shehata’s charges will officially be ruled out of qualifying for next year’s finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Based on what has gathered, the Egyptian people are not a confident lot heading into this match.

Bafana in the driving seat

Sierra Leone’s 1-0 win over Niger 1-0 on Saturday stands Bafana in good stead and a win against the North Africans will put Pitso Mosimane’s team within touching distance of qualification. It makes for an interesting battle.

Egypt vs South Africa – previous meetings

South Africa 2 (Mkhalele 14’, Bartlett 17’) Egypt 0 – Four Nations Cup - 24/11/1995 South Africa 0 Egypt 1 (El Kass 7’) – Afcon ’96 - 24/01/1996 Egypt 2 (A. Hassan 4’, Mostafa 12’) South Africa 0 – Afcon Final ’98 - 28/02/1998 South Africa 2 (B. McCarthy 40’, 74’) Egypt 1 (H. Hassan 34’) – Friendly - 16/12/1998 South Africa 1 (Bartlett 53’) Egypt 0 – Friendly – 10/11/2001 Egypt 2 (Abdelhadi 72’, Hossam 89’) South Africa 1 (B. McCarthy 41’) – Friendly – 15/11/2003 Egypt 1 (Zaki 24pen’) South Africa 2 (Zaki 13og’, B. McCarthy 44’) – Friendly – 14/01/2006 Egypt 1 (Moteab 3’) South Africa 0 – Friendly – 15/11/2006 South Africa 1 (Mphela 90’) Egypt 0 – Afcon qualifier - 26/03/2011

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa in Cairo

Previous comments on this story...

Swona Champ!
posted: 10:18 am
people tend to perform better when they are scared, hope Pitso and company are not going to be fooled by this media hype! they still need to play the game before they win it!
posted: 10:29 am
No is no way SA can beat us. We are coming on top. They occupied de top position on our behalf in de first round and we want to claim what is ours. Bafana de foot up the Pharous. 4-0
posted: 10:38 am
Even if The pharaohs don't win tonight, they can still qualify provided both pharaohs and bafana beat both niger and sierra leone in their upcoming group fixtures, Tiyani don't rule them out just as yet coz u might be encouraging them to wallop us today
posted: 10:45 am
@Bigmouth try to zip yo bigmouth for now up until the final minutes! One thing for sure Bafana Bafana will lead dis group to the end.
posted: 11:11 am
@Tebogo! , they actually can't qualify even they don't get 3 pts , because only the 2 best runners up in all the groups can qualify,therefore, they will need about 9+ points to even have a chance of that happening , but yes, we should be aware of that pressure on them because it really can make them even more dangerous
posted: 11:14 am
BigMore, howzit Chap, I see freedom is working in Egypt and u r even overdoing it now, this is a soccer game not a political game where u can just remove presidency from parliament ok? Stop dreaming my man, this is south african national team
posted: 11:16 am
Mxm eish captain morgan, totally forgot about that criteria, yeah so we are almost safe hey
Mr T
posted: 11:26 am
wht is wrong with bigmore,heexpresd his personal point of view.y attacking him?its hard to beat egypt in cairo,those who think its easy are mad.mphela call egypt underdog.lets wait and c.pharous will win it.remember they dnt hve goals drought like bafana.let me prepare my wine.
posted: 11:54 am
These reporters keep shooting their mouths off. We will be lucky with a 0-1 lose to Egypt at home. They outplayed us at Ellis Park, now all of a sudden we favourite to win in Cairo, get real.
posted: 12:16 pm
South Africans lets not be stupid we havent concided a goal it doesnt matter if we r nt prolific in front of goal bt the fact of the matter is if we score then we win the game n we won every game played on home soil on better stadiums in seria leonne i had we played on a pitch that wont even be aproved 4 vodacom league games. There is nothing i hate more than nt being patriotic abt your country SOUTH AFRICA. N to u bagmore stop with u mangamanga business this is SOUTH AFRICA the powerful most richest most developed country in the african continent so if u want 2 attack our national pride go do it somewere along the nile river n nt on our media forum.
posted: 01:04 pm
Your making me seek. De fact is we gonna wallop u big tym. 4-0
posted: 02:13 pm
@bagmore u said i quote "u make me seek" i make u seek wat r u maybe seeking 4 another country 2 take refuge in. Coz this is SOUTH AFRICA n were very patriotic abt ur country i feel 4 u as u were jst trying 2 express ur views bt i suggest that u express those views among ur friends. The sea robbers n africa robbers.
posted: 02:40 pm
why dnt u put on the website
posted: 03:11 pm
We gonna kill the overrated Egyptians. Showing a picture of an Orphan (Jali) tackling his teammate is not good especially with this important match ahead, know that Doom-doom players play rubish but please they should not injure another player before the match.
Bin Laden
posted: 03:19 pm
Shaapa The pharaohs shaapa

The pharaohs 3 - 0 B.B
Bin Laden
posted: 03:22 pm
@Bigmore good point there. is pay back time.
@Swona: the media is playing nwith your mind,we qn't scared,we are just under pressure to produce the result.

The Pharaohs 3-B.B 0
posted: 03:32 pm
Marlon, we are favorites to win yeah, we are not saying we are better than egypt or not, the fact of the matter is we are favorites cause we are on top of da group, coz we haven't lost a game, we beat them here at home, coz our rankings have improved our confidence, coz we beat Tanzania with a C Team, coz we beat france and ghana, we beat denmark all in a space of a year, now on their side they are not favorites coz they lost to us last time, they are the last in our group, they neva won a match, they have just experienced a political unrest in their country and coz their players are ageing! Those are the facts, we won @ home and we deserved it! U analyse like a woman, and u call urself a south african, stand up and be counted amongst the warriors and stop being a coward, I can't believe u!
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 03:36 pm
We must win this one Bafana. Eliminating them now we'll give us a chance to clinch the AFCON next year.

We must also write history. They this one out finish and klaar. Like we sat 2010 out.
posted: 04:17 pm
Gud luck 2 Bafana.
posted: 06:05 pm
Go Bafana Bafana we support u and we love u.gudluck!!Shapa bafana shapa!
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