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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...

MR TJ CAF Champ 2nd STAR loading
posted: 2014-09-06 10:27:02

Finaly, the no noise but abanye bamele ukhuluma kabi nje

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-09-06 10:35:32

Unya ukunya nyi, okunyanyisayo, ucabanga ukuthi elikabani legama elikhulu kangaka odlala ngalo wena nja yezinja zemigodoyi. Uyanya maan, useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo

posted: 2014-09-06 10:42:15

This does not make sense,what about the rest of player who played without that experience you talking about.

posted: 2014-09-06 11:50:38

U contradict yourself too much bhakaniya lami. What you said above is ur opinion of what Coolcat might have meant, I respect that a lot. But the problem is that u say two different things which end up contradicting...but I respect you

B.T.I.D(No Love For Tinkler)
posted: 2014-09-06 12:10:35

Dankie Bra Shakes and the lads for bringing back the 3 points home. Some naysayers alas moegoes (I'm not call out any names,they know who they are) on this blog were questioning your records as coach and the decisions you mad regarding to team selection. I hope you continue to prove this armchair critics wrong.I'm proud of the determination and dedication you and the lads showed last night.    

posted: 2014-09-06 12:56:39

Dont worry Bafana Bafana, the Super Eagles shall come to town to burst your bubbles!

B.T.I.D(No Love For Tinkler)
posted: 2014-09-06 13:18:20

FatherKay O tseketseke

posted: 2014-09-06 15:01:32

Malabulabu No reason to be. That's his opinion in a free country.

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-09-06 22:30:03

To be honest, as much as I respect this old topie, he's just talking nonsense now, what plan? Before the introduction of Sbu, banani was well below average and without direction but as soon as vilakazi scored his first goal some of the better players started to loosen up and play ball, a goal have this sort of effect on some players, they started to believe that a good result is possible, happens all over the world. What would he have said if Sudan scored from some of those easy first half chances they had, it was his plan for them to score 2 or 3 and then come back? I don't buy this "our plan" hogwash. Enjoy the victory you deserve it, stop hanging yourself with all this bull to the media. You know what they will do to you should you lose on Wednesday and it won't be pretty. Making substitutions is normal and when any players are brought on they are expected to make an impact, why else would you need them? And when they are of a certain quality, it sometimes happens quickly cause they are clever and reads the play well. Shakes starting 11 was a mess and very lucky not to have conceded, thanks to tower and meyiwa, else! Goals goals goals. There was no plan there. I'll be watching the plan for nigeria bra shakes. Once and always bucs.

Kung la Kung
posted: 2014-09-06 23:40:15

What a surprise from those boys! But I like those surprises, I know there are people who are eating a humble pie. Haters may hate we don't care, Bafana Bafana thank you very much for the win.

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