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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: 2014-09-10 18:55:07

This cheap coach must bring rantie in 2nd half. Not sure why he's using useless Mbulula alone

posted: 2014-09-10 18:57:29

Coach please don't fix it when is not Brocken

posted: 2014-09-10 18:58:02

Please don't bring selfish Rantjie

Juda Scaliot
posted: 2014-09-10 18:58:38

I encourage a sense of patriotism. Let's raise above team level and be at national stage. Let's support Bafana Bafana. Forget about about your individual team for now.

posted: 2014-09-10 18:58:41

honestly. there's no threat from the south africans. who's gonna score? musa is dangerous. emineke is dangerous. onazi has a rocket in his right boot.


South Africa 0-3 Nigeria is my predicton.

posted: 2014-09-10 18:59:18

oh man, this SA are nasty....even to their coach

posted: 2014-09-10 18:59:27

Donald Duck dude just chill, the hatred it makes you not to see a good game

posted: 2014-09-10 18:59:34

This team play like pirates,good game but no goals,Ai

posted: 2014-09-10 18:59:56

We need to take Manyisa behind da striker then Vilakazi on da flank. Manyisa is more comfortable in that role just like da way VV use him in da Rats line up

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-09-10 19:00:22

Mathoho is our next lucas radebe, he will b playing overseas in no time, i like the way furman is furmanting them, pls shakes take out ndulula, oupa and jali r marvel to watch, sbusiso is hiding now, bt all in all, bafana must make sure the capitalise quickly on nigerias mistakes. Masango can do much better than the way he is doing rite now, he must b more aggressive, matlaba needs more timing, ngcongca must just make sure he is always first on the ball. If bafana can change da gear to number four then to five, we can make it. Nigeria needs to b frustrated by hving more ball possesion. Useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo

posted: 2014-09-10 19:00:26

The boys are doing very well so far.

posted: 2014-09-10 19:00:26

Donald Duck and nothing wrong with other players, especially from KC! This double standard annoying,honestly. Mashabamust just leave the squad the way it is and I'd you're not happy then go and sleep. Nobody has complained about mathoho's aimless clearances nor masango's merry go rounds because we are keeping the spirit of unity. The same thing that used to be done by pirates fans before is done by you KC fans and lakhenya. Voetsek man. 

posted: 2014-09-10 19:02:10

Ntswelaboya go to toilet and help yourself. ..we are tired of such negative and hatred CHIV

posted: 2014-09-10 19:02:33

Play two or three balls on the righten side then we will be on the lead soon

khosi lami
posted: 2014-09-10 19:03:03

Fuck Jali is the best Middle fielder in Mzansi uyinja ntwana Mathoho a rock at the back keeping Emenike in the 1st half so far do good its very entertaining game

posted: 2014-09-10 19:03:53

shlalo wezihlalo  Nigeria akunabantu mfowethu,,, labafana mele badle nje,, bangahlulwa sinkwa

posted: 2014-09-10 19:04:55

I am very disappointed by bloggers here criticizing players bcs they dont play for their respective teams. This boys are giving their all please lets be patriotic.

posted: 2014-09-10 19:06:02

Sjavo  And they are actually not doing that bad,,, bantu abanaMbeko

shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-09-10 19:06:30

They can if they believe in themselves, they need to man up, they just showing too much respect, only they can fight more then bazozidlela nje. Useshilo ke ushlalo wezihlalo

posted: 2014-09-10 19:06:34

Sjavo spot on, I salute you

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