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Bafana, Congo in dull Afcon 2015 draw

Posted: 15 October 2014 Time: 22:21

South Africa will have to wait a while longer for 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification following a dull 0-0 draw against Congo at a cold and wet Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday night.

Bafana Bafana could have booked their place at the finals in Morocco next year with three points, but as it stands they still top the group and will back themselves to secure passage in their next game, at home to Sudan.


Congo coach Claude Le Roy had made three changes to his side from the one that lost 2-0 in Pointe Noire four days ago, while Shakes Mashaba had one injury-enforced change – Sibusiso Khumalo coming in for Thabo Matlaba.

Bafana started the match slightly better and had a chance in the ninth minute when Tokelo Rantie burst down the right and beat one defender in the box, but his square-ball only found a defender and the moment was lost.

With Bafana’s usual possession and quick passing game missing, Congo slowly made their way back into the game and, 10 minutes before the break, had the best chance of the half.

A corner found it’s way to the unmarked Ndinga, but Senzo Meyiwa did brilliantly to dive down to his left and palm the ball to safety.

Bafana’s struggles continued after the break, and on the hour-mark the home crowd had their hearts in their mouths when Congo had the ball in the back of the net, with a set-piece again undoing the hosts, but the ‘goal’ was rightfully ruled offside.

Mashaba rang the changes as Kermit Erasmus and Oupa Manyisa came on, and immediately the home side started finding some rhythm.

On 77 minutes Bafana came close when the hard-working Rantie burst into the box again. He was tackled, but the ball fell to Mandla Masango, who fired just wide of the upright.

Erasmus fired wide from a lovely move shortly after, and two minutes from time and it was even closer when Manyisa’s backheel allowed Masango space and time to fire home, but the Orlando Pirates midfielder was offside in the build-up.

So honours shared, meaning Bafana remain top on eight points, one ahead of Congo. Nigeria, who beat Sudan 3-1 in an earlier match, are third on four points.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

khosi8 champ
posted: 2014-10-15 21:13:00

What are u really saying sundawana

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-10-15 21:13:02

KING? You work with him not us.....the man is  ok in junior national  teams not Bafana Bafana...he is taking us nowhere...he will soon succumb to pressure...South Africans will soon turn against after the Nigeria trip.....

posted: 2014-10-15 21:13:33

Rantıe and ndulula combo for me personally ıs kak partnershıp both strıkers are cows players and serera he always play kak football when he plays for hıs country but he ıs playıng well week and week out for Ajax.

Shakes need to try kermıt and vılakazı upfront and ı belıeve we wıll get goals wıth that dwarf playıng upfront and rantıe ıs a headless chıcken who goes not want to pass the ball,ndulula he ıs just a bafana fan ın the fıeld.

What happen to yeye 50th cap today?

ZipZap Khosified!!!
posted: 2014-10-15 21:14:29

Khosi lam your imagination is running wild

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-10-15 21:16:37

K.I.C (Khosiologyst) Tltltltltlt....personal diary....LOL...#Dead

Let the old be my chief.....he has no job, no real friends....He more virtual friends on the net than anyone...let him keep counting his LIKES on the blog while his peer are count Mandela notes...

posted: 2014-10-15 21:17:02

5 finals cup ingena kupi la?? Did Bafana Lost the game?? Are pirates players playing 4 Bafana?? Stop being a hater nd support the team or else support Banyana Banyana.....

posted: 2014-10-15 21:17:08

After all we are  building for 2022 so mentioning players like Yeye and Manyisa is not the solution, Iam sure shakes is thinking about Pule Maraisane and Dolly now to help Masango

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-10-15 21:17:25

ZipZap Khosified!!! Let me be my village chief....it's a not crime

posted: 2014-10-15 21:17:56

Today our movement wasn't that sharp up front and middle and when our front have a ball they were bit isolated the support from middle and our wings were not there or 2 slow to give that support and when we play it high bypassing our middle we didn't win the second ball coming back from Congo defenders

posted: 2014-10-15 21:18:12

Khuza Khosi maybe uyokuzwa

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-10-15 21:18:29

Good results for Nigeria...they will be waiting for Mashaba and his Da Gama in Lagos

T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 2014-10-15 21:20:07

Same thing that "happen" to your matric.

khosi8 champ
posted: 2014-10-15 21:20:17

Chief what I'm saying is that if shakes saw a mistake he shouldn't have revealed it I can give u thousands of examples

senzo is a great keeper but we all know that he can't deal with crosses properly if Le Roy had talked about it on the media then shakes as well would have made sure that we prevent corners n crosses n by that he destroyed their plan

that's wat VV said before MTN final u don't go public with such comments

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-10-15 21:21:44

People are saying South Africa only a point to qualify....really?

Some of us went to proper schoosl......please go get your refund if you paid anything..

khosi lami
posted: 2014-10-15 21:22:27

I see Eric mathoho has given bafana the secret to clean sheets 4in 4 games wow that's 14 for him this season

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-10-15 21:22:55

My country will face the real test in Lagos...

posted: 2014-10-15 21:23:11

Why always negative?

khosi lami
posted: 2014-10-15 21:23:44

Even if Nigeria beat us am sure they won't catch us since we going to beat Sudan

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-10-15 21:23:58

khosi lami That boy is a star....Bobby must start preparing for next season without him....

posted: 2014-10-15 21:24:05

The Phefeni Boy®™ I agree the real test will be there. a draw will be best

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