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Posted: 15 January 2014 Time: 17:52

Mali held South Africa to a 1-1 draw in their African Nations Championships match at Cape Town on Wednesday afternoon.

Bernard Parker gave Bafana Bafana a fortuitous first half lead, but the visitors leveled soon after the restart though Ibourahima Sidibe.

Gordon Igesund made three changes to the side that beat Mozambique in the CHAN opener, with Vuyo Mere, Lindokuhle Mbatha and Edward Manqele coming in.

It was Mali who made the better start to the game and they should have been awarded a penalty in the ninth minute when Itumeleng Khune brought down an attacker in the area, but the referee waved ‘play on’.

Two minutes later and the visitors had another great chance when Diarra hit a first-time volley from a corner-kick, but the ball went inches wide.

Slowly but surely Bafana found their stride, and in the 13th minute Siphiwe Tshabalala attempted a chip shot which went wide.

Then, on 22 minutes, a moment of contention. Lindokuhle Mbatha made his way towards the area but was fouled by Konate. The referee pointed to the spot, despite replays showing that contact was made outside the area.

Parker stepped up and made no mistake from the spot for his third goal of the tournament.

Mbatha had a great chance to score one of his own shortly afterwards when a cross from the left found him unmarked in the area, but his scuffed goalbound shot was blocked by Adama Traore.

Bafana were lucky not to concede three minutes before the break when a lapse in communication allowed Sissoko a shot, but it rebounded off the upright and went away to safety.

Edward Manqele almost scored on the stroke of halftime after bursting straight through following a slip in defence, but the goalkeeper pulled of a fine save.

Mali started the second half much like the first, and this time they were rewarded for the efforts with an equalizer on 55 minutes. A long ball was flicked on to Lassana Diarra, who set up Sidibe to thunder a shot past Khune.

Hlompo Kekana – still on a high following his wonder-strike against Mozambique on Saturday – attempted another long-range effort which went just wide, before Traore went even closer with a volley that missed the upright by inches.

Parker almost added to his tally on 71 minutes when he did well to control Tshabalala’s cross, but he slipped as he shot and the goalkeeper gathered easily enough.

Shortly afterwards Buhle Mkhwanazi was left unmarked from a set-piece, but rather than hit the ball first time he let it bounce, giving the defence time to close him down and block the shot.

Mali opted to settle for the draw as the game drew to a close and, with Bafana unable to breach their defence, it leaves the host nation with it all to do in their final group match against Nigeria.

South Africa: Khune, Mere, Nthethe, Mkhwanazi, Mokeke, Mbatha, Kekana, Pattison, Tshabalala (Chabangu 81st), Parker, Manqele (Mbekile 55th)

Mali: Diakité, Samaké, Keita, Konaté, A Traoré, Doumbia, Samaké, Sissoko, Sidibé, M Traoré (Kone 86th), Lassana (Diawara 66th)

Livefyre comments on this story...

Star Washelela1937
posted: 2014-01-15 17:23:50

We now have to beat Nigeria and that is not negotiable.

bafana & kaizer chiefs addict
posted: 2014-01-15 17:24:19

Jim Jones The Pirate bafana&kaizer chiefs for life u need brains,they are about 11 of them...hahaha what chibuku fc nah man..we are going to beat nigeria handsomely 

posted: 2014-01-15 17:24:33

Because it's financially well managed my friend

posted: 2014-01-15 17:28:50

Back to permutations. I dont see Moz beating Mali. In fact, it looks like every team in group A is gonna win against Moz, meaning chances of Bafana crashing out a-'fat' njengomkhaba kaJomo Sono

posted: 2014-01-15 17:29:43

congo brazaville is in terms of how tough to win league but in terms of players I disagree

posted: 2014-01-15 17:30:38

Papa T Did you have to single out Chiefs players though??? I tell you what, what you said is one of the reasons why we don't progress. Too much negativity. Bafana was playing not Chiefs

Tolly (Bobby's dogs just bark to anything that mov
posted: 2014-01-15 17:32:43

Dubious penalty given. Clear and obvious penalty denied.

The team full zebras will always win controversially...mxm!

posted: 2014-01-15 17:35:14

Bafana bafana ıs a useless natıonal team who are full of chıefs players that faıl the natıon so many tımes ın bıgger tournaments.

It wıll not be a new thıng ıf the natıonal team goes not process to the knock out stage,we as south afrıcans we are used of hostıng and then beıng knock out.

New age blogger
posted: 2014-01-15 17:35:15

Parker to catch Benni with penalties ? 

posted: 2014-01-15 17:36:26

@KeoManeezyJay *yawning*

Jim Jones The Pirate
posted: 2014-01-15 17:37:27

bafana&kaizer chiefs for lifeJim Jones The Piratebafana&kaizer chiefs for life name six? Mali's AFCON players are based in France's Ligue 1 and 2, most of them...

posted: 2014-01-15 17:39:08

Our center player's did not come to the party no enough passes to the wingers then poor penetration

Andrew Kaseke
posted: 2014-01-15 17:47:18

Ref to be summoned by Caf's ref

committee, becoz of 2 incidence 1

turned down Mali's penalty and

awarding SA a penalty while the player

was outside the box

posted: 2014-01-15 17:49:48

If nıgerıa wın today's match,then ı don't see us processıng to the knockout stages.

The nıgerıans they always beat south afrıca everytıme we play agaınst them.

woza bhakaniya
posted: 2014-01-15 17:59:53

@ Makhanya Nigeria will win tonight, I m sure of it but we gonna show them bo maa ba bona. I promise you.

posted: 2014-01-15 18:12:03

Oh I wish Bafana games are in Mbombela or Free State where the pitch is hard this Cape Town ones are soft and wet sleeper and they are not match for them.

posted: 2014-01-15 18:29:36

No updates for the Nigeria and Mozambique match editor?

Sbu Webhakabhaka
posted: 2014-01-15 18:30:36

Mxm we're in trouble again

posted: 2014-01-15 18:33:29

 if it were not for the home decisions awarded to us by the referee, we would have lost. At this rate , I'm pretty sure we gonna struggle against the drug lords of west Africa

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2014-01-15 18:37:11

not interested and didn't even watch the game.

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