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2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers: South Africa vs Nigeria

Posted: 10 September 2014 Time: 19:54

South Africa and Nigeria played out an intense 0-0 draw in their 2015 African Nations Cup, Group A qualifier at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night.

The result sees Bafana Bafana lying second in the group on four points behind Congo Republic, who defeated Sudan earlier in the day to move to six points, while Nigeria are third on one point.

Neither goalkeeper had to make a save in the first half, but it was an open game as a confident Bafana Bafana held their own against a rather tentative Nigeria.

Sibusiso Vilakazi looked lively early on, showing neat turns and touches to run at the Super Eagles defence, but with no end product to speak of.

Oupa Manyisa had the best chance of the half after Mandla Masango got down the right, crossed, and when Nigeria's half-clearance fell to the Orlando Pirates midfielder, his shot was blocked.

Andile Jali and Dean Furman were holding the midfield for South Africa superbly and really seem to compliment each other. Furman put in two particularly crunching tackles to regain possession, while Jali was spreading the passes with aplomb and looks in top form.

Jali and Manyisa nearly combined to great effect in the 16th minute but after a good touch from Manyisa to get clear in the box, Nigeria were able to recover and thwart the danger.

Nigeria were looking dangerous on the counter-attack and threatened to open the scoring in the 33rd minute when the blistering quick Ahmed Musa was played in behind, but an excellent sliding tackle from Anele Ngcongca denied him.

Musa's pace had been giving Thulani Hlatshwayo a lot of work to do at right-back, but for all of Nigeria's attacks they only managed two shots from range off target.

Thabo Matlaba and John Obi Mikel squared up in a heated argument just before half-time after some great pressing from the Bafana left-back as the home side ended the half arguably on top.

Shakes Mashaba threw on Tokelo Rantie in place of Bongani Ndulula at the start of the second half to inject some pace into the attack.

Furman and Jali combined to great effect after an hour of play as the former made another solid tackle in midfield to win the ball before Jali released Rantie into space down the left, but the substitute's left-footed shot could only find the sidenetting.

Onazi had Nigeria's first shot at goal in the second half in the 68th minute after a neat layoff from Mikel but his attempted curler rolled harmlessly wide of Meyiwa's goal.

Rantie was making a difference with his pace and dribbling but chose the wrong option on a few occasions, choosing to dribble too many players or not timing his runs and being played offside.

Ten minutes from time Mulomowandau Mathoho came to Bafana's rescue with a headed goal-line clearance from Nigeria substitute Ighodaro Osaguona's near-post header from Musa's right-wing cross.

However, Rantie had the best chance of the game in the 84th minute when he timed a run to perfection and was played in behind by Vilakazi, but Austrin Ejide came out smartly to save with his foot as the ball was destined for the bottom-left corner.

Manyisa kept the ball alive and after a mad scramble inside the box, Nigeria escaped after Jali's eventual shot from the edge of the area hit his own man, substitute Themba Zwane.

Vilakazi was then found guilty of trying to take on too many players when a simpler pass would have been better as South Africa continued their late pressure on the visitors' goal, but with no goals it ended as both sides had to settle for a point.

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-09-11 07:20:18

Funny small Congo Brazzaville think theyr up there after winning 2 games. That only happens in AFRICA.

RSA has a good record against Congo Brazzaville....

posted: 2014-09-11 07:23:07

MichaelMcSundowns My man Morning... Nice biblical comment here broer.... That was good performance indeed however I wasnt entirely happy with Villa and Rantie, they seem to want to hold on to the ball far too much. Jali and Furman WOW... What can I say about those two danone's, they protected the defence(which played well also) very well.  Wont say much about Manyisa but this guy seem to apply himself well in any position he is given. Was impressed with Masango also, hope he is coming out of his 8 years shell finally. Eish I see now why LL14 said he will retire once Pirates sign Mathoho, what a player! 

posted: 2014-09-11 07:23:11

BB starting line up vs Nigeria >Khune,Gaxa,Masilela ,Saqweni , Goud, gkagiso ,yeye ,tshabalala ,dean. ,chabangu,serero. Coach poor Gordon Igusund final score could hv been 2- 0

posted: 2014-09-11 07:23:18

Igbo FLAT HEADS DUMMYIES Idah Peterside and Okpara were left confused and talking rubbish by small boys like Jali who man marked slow Mikel the whole game.

RSA needs to win Congo,Sudan in SA and play a draw in Nigeria then theyr fine.

Wow Shakes chose u23 boys who beat Cameroon 3-2 to qualify for Africa youth championship.

posted: 2014-09-11 07:23:28

bhakabhakalokuqina How old is Masha?

posted: 2014-09-11 07:25:54

NIGERIA ERA is gone, they must start building from scratch like RSA and EGYPT.

The likes of Mikel are taking em nowhere.

posted: 2014-09-11 07:26:16

CJB Ramses III This were two points dropped at home; we might end up with a situation were we hope other countries do a job for us. Nigeria is playing Sudan home and away in the next round of matches; that could give them 6 points. To remedy the situation we now need to collect 4 points from Congo! The last thing we need is to travel to Nigeria in our last game requiring a win to qualify.

posted: 2014-09-11 07:26:17

Super Congo Brazzaville we played a young team with many local based players against a senior Nigerian team who are African Champions,so take that into consideration because those Nigeians will be old by 2016 while our team will be a well oiled machine.we cant have the same objectives as Nigeria who started building 5 years ago,we could have selected a senior squad to grind results but that is a short term solution,we need those youngsters to gain experience at the expense of old Nigerian senior squad

posted: 2014-09-11 07:28:59

sandawana187 I hate to agree with Super Congo Brazzaville; we should've collected 3 last night; with two away matches to Congo and Nigeria yet to come we can hope last night's result doesn't come to haunt us.

posted: 2014-09-11 07:29:15

tutankhamenFARO True, and while they try to build well beat them like they beat us all these years 

posted: 2014-09-11 07:31:45

kickoffblogger sandawana187 Super Congo Brazzaville You know football,we cant cry over split milk man,if we go to Congo and Nigeria and get 2 points we'll have 6 plus possible 6 points at home we can make it 

Big M 91
posted: 2014-09-11 07:33:18

MichaelMcSundowns Well said. I think Mashaba is spot on with these boys. Seeing as the majority of them are now in their early to mid 20's and given that they played together for under 20, I think e may be on to something. These boys have played against many of their african counterparts at youth level and they understand what it takes to compete with them. In addition, Mashaba has seen many of the opposition players from youth level, so his understanding of what to expect from these guys is untouachable... Good observation though 

posted: 2014-09-11 07:36:11

MzansiYouth Buc-champ 14 Gold Standard How can you be Nigerian and call yourself Mzansi youth? please explain!

posted: 2014-09-11 07:38:25

AJ6..........Jali.....Jali.....Jali............cream delà cream. He made John Mikel to look ordinary. Furman, what a player he is. Mathoho reminds me of Lucas Radebe in his days. Hlatshwayo brilliant performance. Festival Matlaba, he is the right track but at times Mathoho had to work overtime covering for you. Aceeeeeeeee has a lot to offer, i think he can do better. Vilakazi ooohhh my......reminds of how its like to fully support Bafana Bafana again.

Something needs to be done about our forwards. I believe in Bra Shakes in his technical team. Am sure they saw the missing link upfront. all we know is, no player owns a position. 

Today, it feels good to be a Bafana supporter again!!!

posted: 2014-09-11 07:46:06

Sundowns I totally disagree Sandawana,those players are old,not properly developed,they didnt play at U23 and they get scared playin African opposition.the final score could have been 4 - 0 

posted: 2014-09-11 07:53:05

Mathoho marked the space and saved south africans from losing the game 1-0 what are u on about. that boy is a marvel, with a lot of room for improvement.

CAF Champions league& Proudly CCC Silver Medalist
posted: 2014-09-11 08:45:38

Good midfield makes back4 comfortable and big up to AJ15 and Furman for wonderful display.

Anele, Mathoho, Hlatswayo and Matlaba what a fanstastic combination. We have future here.

upfront, Vilakazi was running like a headless chicken. Selfish and isolated himself. mnx. Ndulala gave us a shape and had Vilakazi played with his team mates, we could have done better. Same story about Rantie.

The idea of running Nigerians was good but pass the ball early as its a team sports.

The 2022 mission looks bright. In Shakes we believe. Please add Erusmus, Maluleke, Majoro and Serero.

Dankie Cape Town, Dankie Shakes. Proudly South African at last!   

posted: 2014-09-11 08:54:19

It would always be difficult to beat Nigeria since they all play their lungs out against us. They all wanna play in SA oneday. They try hard to attract scouts form us.

Naturena Born Killer
posted: 2014-09-11 09:09:53

Stuart baxter & Mandla Masango named coach n player of the month respectively!

posted: 2014-09-11 09:20:53

Naturena ur trying to still Jali's and Bafana shine by posting useless post about Chiefs.

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