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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...

Podium 3
posted: 2014-09-11 16:25:36

harveyfuqua Victor Moses is'nt a 'Cow'! You guys are only jealous of his immense talent which you can't have. He alone can reck havoc to your BB in the return leg fixture of this qualifier.

Podium 3
posted: 2014-09-11 16:30:47

He 'Jali' will lose 1 in Calabar in the return tie. He may come face to face with the likes of 'Iheanacho' of Manchester City or 'Haruna Lukman' of Monaco.

posted: 2014-09-11 16:35:48

for those who think that Nigeria is on a downward slope, really think properly. We lost to Congo and that was a wake up call. You had your chance to beat us as the team were mentally distracted due to the crisis in the Federation and a coach who obviously is unsettled due to the drama surrounding his contract but you could not.

Mikel may be having issues and I would not mind if he is benched but we do have capable replacements, Ajagun in Panathinaikos, Olaitan in Olympiakos, Joel Obi in Inter who is gradually regaining form and fitness, Iheanacho in Man City, and a host of other midfield gems. Onazi, Azeez, Igiebor are still there.

Once the crisis in the NFF is sorted out and the issue of the coach's contract is dealt with then be very worried. We are not Egypt who faded once the golden generation got old, the present Nigerian team has an average age of 22 years so we will be around for a long while. Also remember we have consistently finished in the top 4 whenever we qualify. No team in Africa can boast of such consistency in the AFCON.

Podium 3
posted: 2014-09-11 16:52:57

Ebimocliff Thank you my brother! Leave these temporary champs alone. They have done nothing and have become suddenly very boastful. I am so worried for them because they might not qualify ahead of Congo. Who knows maybe third best qualifier. They ain't seen nothing yet.

posted: 2014-09-11 17:36:15

How far guy? How you doing? Am @Game over for kick off Nigeria.

which site everybody dey?

posted: 2014-09-11 18:21:41

chief inspector serero can go and lose to Barca all he wants with all the hype all hecdoes fall all over the place and fake injury. To hell with him and all his groupies

deleted_21046280_chief inspector
posted: 2014-09-11 18:39:50


What are you on about? Serero what? Surely replying at someone not me?

posted: 2014-09-11 19:38:53

Podium 3 bring them all, bring the army for all we care. Jali will drive all ofbthem tobtears.Bring Furman and they all start weeping.

posted: 2014-09-11 20:08:21

Same old Jali, same old King of the midfield. Just playing with more freedom. Hatersvcanbmake themselves feel better by mentioing belgium. Marawa asjed Bro Shakes about him and I quote, 'It did not just start now, I worked with him in the U23 and have always told him of his potential' This boy took a lot of people to retirement in SA football

Michael McSundowns
posted: 2014-09-12 08:00:42

willoadol I think you failed to realize that I didnt judge what the future will hold,....my judgement was about the Bafana of the day in question as opposed to the previous Bafana. You missed that point terribly.

Podium 3
posted: 2014-09-12 08:33:51

ninja4bucs Podium 3 if he (Jali) is that good he'd be playing for the likes of Real Madrid. ManU or ManCity. Iheanacho plays for Mcity if you must know. He won't make SE call up if he were a Nigerian. You are just a load mouth, wait until the game in Calabar. I'll keep this forum until then just to remind you.

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posted: 2014-09-12 17:12:30

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posted: 2014-10-13 09:17:36

GOAL  .....are you still certain that Nigeria will bounce back , I know there's 9more points to play for ?  I did tell that we will go in and out of Congo victorious, next is Nigeria.....watch the space

Enough Said !!!

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

posted: 2014-10-13 11:25:22

One win we go to next round

posted: 2014-11-20 09:57:54

GOAL  .....Sorry mate..........We win this time,we knocked you out of the Afcon finals

Enough Said !!!

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

posted: 2014-11-20 10:05:52

MichaelMcSundowns ......MMS...what's your overall conclussion about the current Bafana team,based on your comments on the 10/09/2014 after the game against Nigeria, hit me with whats on your mind

EnoughSaid !!!

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

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