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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 09:31:39

I think this boy JALI deserves to play in either ITALY OR SPAIN. Those HIGHLY TECHNICAL LEAGUES leagues suite his style, while EPL is all about physicality and stupidity. Hence theyr known by Southies as ROBOTS, kick and hope football of EPL. 

Cows from Senegal, Mali sell in EPL just like they did during ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE.

JALI'S AGENT must take him out of Belgium.

posted: 2014-09-11 09:42:40

We have a team, RSA has a team, RSA has a coach....This team,is only two weeks old and has collected 4 of 6 points at stake. This team has a long way to go. This team will conquer the undisputed teams in a few month's time. This team is so fearless, the Nigerians were left with their mouths wide opened. This team will go in and out of Congo and Nigeria with their shoulders held high as the will wallop them in their own backyards. What a sweet revenge it would be,having to have 1 over Nigeria right in front of their massive fans. This team will do it...........thanks Mashaba. Had it been SAFA didnt snub you for sticking to your guns that you will only select and field players who were gonna know the importance of wearing the Bafana jersey, our football would have long been established as one of the African powerhouse,with time, this team will do it.

Enough Said !!!

Once and Always...in finals...(Gold till next Gold)

posted: 2014-09-11 09:51:14

 Am glad Shakes is using his u23 players with 2 or 3 older players, he even selected our u20 players.

Shakes has worked with young players before like in 2000 OLYMPICS where we beat Brazil who had Ronaldinho and other Brazilian stars.

Shakes worked with best young stars then like ff.

Former RSA u23 players produced by Shakes.

1. Benni Maccarthy=Ajax Amsterdam league 2 time winner, league winner with Porto and UEFA winner.

2. Quinton Forune=Former Man United legend, league winner as well played alongside Ruud Van Nilstelroy,Giggs,Scholes and others.

3. Nomvether=former Udinese player.

4. Aron Mokoena=former Ajax Amsterdam league winner, former Portsmouth and Bolton player.

5. Mathew Booth=Former Rostov player

6. Steven Pienaar=former Ajax Amsterdam league winner, Everton player

7. Delron Barckly=former Armenia and Leverkusen player

the list is endless......

posted: 2014-09-11 10:03:39

Talk is cheap. The truth is that SA can't beat Nigeria.

you have the chance yesterday but you didn't take it, watch out for our next team list.

posted: 2014-09-11 10:03:57

MichaelMcSundowns ....wow..wow....wow....clap...clap....clap.

That's a standing ovation for you MikeDowns...well said. This is the first Bafana team that I have confidence in, never had it from when we were re-admitted by FIFA,not even the 96' crop convinced me, but these dwarfs can play good passing football,the way diski is played....

Enough Said !!!

Once and Always...in finals...(Gold till next Gold)

posted: 2014-09-11 10:08:10

GOAL  ......You aint seen nothing, we know what Nigeria is capable of, but do you know what this young team is capable of...??? I guess not......I will remind you soon after the game in Nigeria of this day, that I told you so.

Enough Said !!!

Once and Always...in finals...(Gold till next Gold) 

Massive Bafana fan
posted: 2014-09-11 10:11:59

Champions league silver medal Don't forget May Mahlangu as well bra....boy, we're gonna have a great team. that Midfield pairing were amazing last night. I was at the game and Jali and Furman communicated all time....what a partnership that is turning out to. feel so sorry for Mokotjo though, such a brilliant player, but je is going to struggle to break into that partnership of Furman and Jali....but it's good for Bafana that we have top players fighting for a place in the side.....

Podium 3
posted: 2014-09-11 10:13:43

kickoffblogger CJB Ramses III I pity you day dreamers, who think that Nigerian players will be old by 2016, they've forgotten the under17 world champions so soon, they are preparing to be injected into the SE. These youngsters will make the core SE soon. I also pity day dreams believing that SA will nick points in Calabar. Congo was lucky that won't be the case for the remaing fixture out there in Calabar for SA and Sudan. Even Congo should watchout for the SE in the return leg in Brazzevaille. The SE will definately qualify from this group. Watchout.

posted: 2014-09-11 10:17:45

CJB Ramses III ...ngicishe ngawisa iTV yabantu becoz nam bengihamba with that move....iyo...iyo..iyo

Enough Said !!!

Once and Always...in finals...(Gold till next Gold)

posted: 2014-09-11 10:23:36


posted: 2014-09-11 10:25:49


He was a 18 year old when RSA u20 beat Nigeria in 2009.

Amajita Beat Nigeria23 JAN 2009 10:56
The South African National Under-20 side, Amajita retained their unbeaten record in the 2009 African Youth Championships yesterday in Rwanda.Amajita beat Nigeria 2-1 in their Group B's Second Match to go top of the group and became the tournament's only team with a 100% winning record with two games and two wins.

Yesterday's results have qualified Amajita for the World Championships which will be held in Egypt later this year.

Coach Serame Letsoaka expressed his delight on how the game was won by South Africa's young heroes ”The mood here in the camp is truly unbelievable, this is what the beautiful game is all about. These boys came here and played their hearts out for their country, I'm confident that they will continue to play with pride and passion throughout the tournament,” Said Letsoaka.

South Africa scored both their goals in the second half of this encounter, Moroka Swallows' young talent, Phumelele “Ace” Bhengu scored the first and George Maluleka from Supersport United secured the winning goal.

Amajita will face Egypt on Monday 26 January 2009 for their final group match.
posted: 2014-09-11 11:34:32

AM waiting ! Meanwhile watch out for the return of victor Moses.

posted: 2014-09-11 11:43:58

Victor Moses is a cow. Couldn't make it at Chelsea and at Liverpool.

KhosiNyce 01
posted: 2014-09-11 13:22:25


Y u conveniently never mentioned Masango, Hlatshwayo, Sbu Khumalo, Darren Keet, Mphahlele in ur heading shows how shallow u are. AJ15 was playing for BB nd he left ur Gorrilla camp nd moved on. U shud start accepting that and move on and learn to support the entire team when it comes to national team matter 

KhosiNyce 01
posted: 2014-09-11 13:24:02

Champions league silver medal

history has been made today. U finally post something thats on point. Well done bhakaniya

KhosiNyce 01
posted: 2014-09-11 13:55:39


Produced by Shakes? is this a wind up?

Benni was produced by Rob Moore and Gavin Hunt.

Schillo came through the ajax youth set up and he was taken to the 2002 World cup by Jomo

Matthew Booth came through the Cape Town spurs youth set up and was already playing for them when shakes selected him

Buckley went to Germany when he was 17 and played for our national u17 team

Using ur flawed logic, we can all agree that Suprise Moriri, Anele Ngcongca, Teko Modise, Thanduyise Khuboni, Itumeleng Khune were " PRODUCED" by Perreira; May Mahlangu, Dean Furman, Senzo Meyiwa, Tokelo Rantie were "Produced" by Gordon Igesund....

Stop trying too hard to expose ur ignorance and stupidy please

posted: 2014-09-11 15:32:51

GOAL  ....you also have to watch out for either Erusmus or Majoro.....scoreline....3-1 to RSA in Abuja.

Enough Said !!!

Once and Always...in finals...(Gold till next Gold) 

posted: 2014-09-11 15:54:55


Too early to judge. When an offspring of a minature bird specie is born, the baby bird thinks that he will grow bigger in size than it's parents when fully grown. The baby bird at maturity, found out that it did not grow any bigger than it's parents.

posted: 2014-09-11 16:20:09

You know you are just making mouth because of 0 - 0 score line.

you watch out for Ike uche of villa real.

posted: 2014-09-11 16:21:36


somebody must be smoking something. Please tell me who in the Super eagles team would want to play in the PSL. Just mention one. 

I read a lot of comments here and sincerely the ignorance about football is simply appalling.

You had the chance to beat Nigeria yesterday, and you could not but you are dreaming of beating us in Nigeria when the team would have fully regrouped.

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