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Thulani Serero and Tokelo Rantie score as Bafana beat Sudan

Posted: 15 November 2014 Time: 17:34

Bafana Bafana have booked their place in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations following a 2-1 victory over Sudan at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

Goals from Thulani Serero and Tokelo Rantie saw the South Africans win and, most importantly, qualify for the tournament to be hosted by Equatorial Guinea.


For the better part of the first half Bafana were casual in their approach, but as soon as they got going it was difficult to stop them in their tracks.

As expected, they started on good footing and as early as the fourth minute Rantie made a burst at goal, beating one defender, but he was crowded afterwards.

In the eighth minute Bafana got the first corner of the match and Oupa Manyisa took it but it was cleared. However, the ball fell kindly to Thulani Serero who picked it up just outside the box and tried his luck from distance, but dragged it wide of the right-hand upright.

As much as Sudan were sitting back and absorbing the pressure there were moments when they made forays forward and, in the 16th minute, Darren Keet was forced into making his first save, clutching onto a long-range effort from Omer Mahmoud.

The team’s captain on the day Dean Furman then gave the ball away in the 23rd minute and Sudan looked to capatilise, but Andile Jali tracked back brilliantly to cut out the danger.

On the half-hour mark, Sudan broke straight through the middle and were one-on-one, but Sibusiso Khumalo tracked back with a brilliant tackle to deny the striker.

After those worrying moments for the approximately 32 000 Bafana fans in the stadium, Serero eased those worries when he got his first goal for the country in the 38th minute, tucking home Rantie's cross.

Bongani Ndulula could have got another one for Bafana on the stroke of halftime following a great run from Khumalo, whose cross took out a defender and the keeper, but ‘Drogba’ missed an open goal.

Straight after the break Rantie had a great chance to put the game beyond doubt when he chased down what looked like another lost cause. However, the ball bounced kindly for him, but the goalkeeper pulled off a good save to deny the shot.

Manyisa had a ‘goal’ chalked off for offside straight after, but Bafana were not to be denied any further as they finally got the second through Rantie on 53 minutes

Serero played in Rantie, who swerved past one defender before opening up his body and curling into the top corner.

Again, Bafana started to look a bit casual in their approach as Sudan tried to get back into the match – and they did in the 76th minute when Salah Ibrahim pulled one back as the defence fell asleep at the back to concede their first goal in five matches of the qualifiers.

That set up a tense finish as first Sudan had the ball in the back of the net with a minute to go, but it was ruled offside, and then Ibrahim went down in the area under pressure from Khumalo, but the ref waved play on.

Bafana held on to win 2-1, and qualified for a major international tournament for the first time since 2008.


South Africa XI: Keet, Mathoho, Coetzee, Khumalo, Ngcongca, Manyisa, Furman (c), Jali, Serero (Letsholonyane 88th), Rantie, Ndulula (Sekola 58’).

Sudan XI: El Moiz, Elrayah Ali (Salaheldin Mahmoud), Ali Gafar, Amir Kamal Suliman, Faris Abdalla Mamoun, Omer Mahmoud Kosti, Bakri Abdelgadir, Mohamed Tahir (Salah Ibrahim 59th), Nazar Hamid (Nasreldin Omer 46th), Eltaher Elhag, Mudather Eltaib.

YELLOW CARDS: Coetzee, Mathoho; Nazar Hamid, Bakri Abdelgadir, Ibrahim

Livefyre comments on this story...

Doctor k 16v(Blesser)
posted: 2014-11-15 15:39:03

Hope this performance can be taken to the next game against bogo Harames

posted: 2014-11-15 15:39:30

TK on Superdiski, "Now Shakes' warriors can go and celebrate, not what happened in Mbombela when Bafana Ba naZoorena celebrated pre-maturely, making Mzantsi the laughing stock of the football world".

NNA 12
posted: 2014-11-15 15:40:17

Well done!

Doctor k 16v(Blesser)
posted: 2014-11-15 15:40:18

Next time players like sekola shouldn't be exposed to the nation just like that

Doctor k 16v(Blesser)
posted: 2014-11-15 15:41:55

Why wana make this win as if it was pirates that was playing leave chiefs out of this

posted: 2014-11-15 15:42:47

I wonder what  Gordon and Pitso, together with their failures naZoorena flops are saying, regarding the performance of Shakes' chickens. The future belongs to the youth! ! ! ! 

posted: 2014-11-15 15:42:59

shapa bafana shapa.... we will need the likes of erusmas in the next outing so as to win the game against nigeria and pose fear to the opponents

posted: 2014-11-15 15:43:07

Thanks bra Shakes........... but eix i ddnt trust ur goal keeper dnt kwn y

posted: 2014-11-15 15:44:45

Khosi 8 champ Ovius we r going 2 beat dem 2-1 or 1 nil

Doctor k 16v(Blesser)
posted: 2014-11-15 15:46:54

As for some of us it was a blessing in disguise coz it has been a while without celebrating a win in club level coz their team flop so take this opportunity n run naked here

Doctor k 16v(Blesser)
posted: 2014-11-15 15:48:05

That is one team I wish we can beat they owe us

posted: 2014-11-15 15:49:40

Like it or not the "bunch of losers" era was dominated by chimpanzees from nazoorena.

Doctor k 16v(Blesser)
posted: 2014-11-15 15:49:53

A time for south Africa to rule is now n can never be postponed Russia is a place to be 2018

proudly south african

Doctor k 16v(Blesser)
posted: 2014-11-15 15:50:38


Skeleton Skull
posted: 2014-11-15 15:53:02

Well done boys.

Still Bucs & Bafana.

Dee FanatiK
posted: 2014-11-15 15:53:28

I see interesting comments... Bloggers are celebrating and that is what exactly happens when a team wins.

Thank you Rantie for making some of our bloggers forget that you're a COW.

Well done Bafana!

Well done Shakes!

posted: 2014-11-15 15:53:32

Thanks coach, I liked your approach for this game, cautious and yet positive. Playing against the team that has nothing to lose isn't as easy as some might think.

posted: 2014-11-15 15:53:36

Lol...you the biggest As$-hole  

posted: 2014-11-15 15:54:00

So the days of celebrating mediocrity and turn into the laughing stock of the continent and the world as well as celebrating qualification by virtue of hosting tournaments are behind us.

Xavier wase phefeni
posted: 2014-11-15 15:55:03

How many players from nazooorena on shakes mashabas team 5, how many players from galaxy of stars 4, how many players from nazooorena on starting lineup 1 and from galaxy of stars 1.

stop your nonsense slima

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