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Africa Cup of Nations qualifier Sudan South Africa

Posted: 5 September 2014 Time: 19:48

New South Africa coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba got off to a winning start as his team beat Sudan 3-0 in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Friday night.

Substitute Sibusiso Vilakazi bagged a brace before debutant Bongani Ndulula added a third goal at Al-Merreikh Stadium in Omdurman.

Gallery: Sudan vs South Africa

Bafana Bafana next host continental champions Nigeria in their second Group A tie at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday. The Super Eagles will begin their campaign against Congo in Calabar tomorrow.

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Sudan started the match strongly, and wasted a great chance in the seventh minute when Balla Jabir put a free header over off a corner.

Two minutes later Bafana striker Tokelo Rantie should also have have done better as he fired wide after goalkeeper Moez Mahjoub spilled a right-wing cross from Ndulula.

The hosts, though, continued to press as Ramadan Agab triggered two stops in quick succession from stand-in Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa. First Agab's header forced Meyiwa to drop down smartly before his long-range effort drew an acrobatic, finger-tip save from the Orlando Pirates man in the 16th minute.

Rantie then threatened again just past the half-hour mark, but his powerful shot from the edge of the area was foiled by a stunning save from Mahjoub.

Mashaba, who returned to the Bafana hotseat at the expense of Gordon Igesund on September 1, made a change after the interval, bringing on Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane for debutant Keagan Dolly.

Soon after Mashaba introduced Vilakazi for Rantie, and the Bidvest Wits captain made an immediate impact as he scored with his first touch in the 55th minute. 'Vila' pounced on the rebound after Mulomowandau Mathoho's header from a corner was cleared off the line.

The energetic Vilakazi registered his second ever international goal in the 61st minute, cleverly creating space with a neat dummy before cracking the ball into the top corner from just inside the box.

Bafana dominated much of the second stanza, although Agab nearly pulled one back with a misdirected header in the 77th minute.

The visitors, however, put the result beyond doubt in the 79th minute when Ndulula scrambled in a cross from the left by substitute Oupa Manyisa, who replaced Mandla Masango 11 minutes earlier.

Sudan came agonisingly close to scoring at the death but Mohamed Tahir's header was denied by the post.

Sudan line-up: Moez, Bala Jabir, Kamal, A Gaafar, Faris Abdullah, Bakhiet, Alaa, Agab, Nazar, Bisha, Al Madina.

South Africa line-up: Meyiwa, Ngcongca, Mathoho, Hlatshwayo, Matlaba, Furman, Jali, Masango (Manyisa 68’), Ndulula, Dolly (Zwane 46’), Rantie (Vilakazi 54’).

Livefyre comments on this story...

CRM083® ~ We Cant Say Sesimnandi
posted: 2014-09-05 18:21:15

Now we're skinning these Sudenese alive

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2014-09-05 18:22:29

Where is KING n his peeps now????????????

EL Kampion
posted: 2014-09-05 18:22:52

Let's complain about Ndulula

posted: 2014-09-05 18:23:00

Ndulula is useless

posted: 2014-09-05 18:23:42

imagine vilakazi joined by serero, patosi, mokotjo and mahlangu

NDOFIRE(16/17 Season #9 Goals & still counting)
posted: 2014-09-05 18:24:07

 super-sub sbu vilakazi I like it 4 BB

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2014-09-05 18:24:16

How so???????join yo KING n bring yo negativity here

EL Kampion
posted: 2014-09-05 18:24:22

Old Buck Gin effect,now you laughing on your own

posted: 2014-09-05 18:24:25

Vilakazi can easily remind of shoes moshoeu..drops a sholder..den pulls a triger.. ha ba shwe..

posted: 2014-09-05 18:24:55

Masango is useless

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-09-05 18:25:36

Everyone is useless to u, u don't know soccer

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2014-09-05 18:26:02

@velibanti,ukuphi mpintji yami???????

posted: 2014-09-05 18:26:05

I told you bafo Vilakazi is a better player than this useless dolly

posted: 2014-09-05 18:26:28

Donald duck is useless

posted: 2014-09-05 18:26:33


Champions League Metal
posted: 2014-09-05 18:26:46

Score update please.

posted: 2014-09-05 18:26:48

We hv more aces...its up to who sees dem...

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-09-05 18:26:51


7 Pop 11
posted: 2014-09-05 18:27:12

All zebbies in attack must be excluded from now on. Masango is a clear example of what his ancestors (Nyawana, ParCOW, Beyonce) used to do, that's why we're in the mess we're in. UP THE BUCS!

posted: 2014-09-05 18:27:34


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