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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...

The Real Lucho
posted: 2014-11-15 16:26:30

Is it that painful to just say CONGRATULATIONS BAFANA BAFANA and bring in club hatred and club affiliation?

posted: 2014-11-15 16:29:33

This coach is watchin everyone even players from small teams are considered. Nd SA has good keepers. After Senzo we hv more thn 10 good keepers remaining but ai abafana okumele bakore bayashoda. Kuzanywa o Erasmus, tht boy is a good ball player but ai imbobo ayibonwa. Ondulula bayashweba, u Rantjie keeps defenders busy but makumele aqedele kuyala. But otherwise kuyadlalwa bakithi nd kuza kahle impela.

posted: 2014-11-15 16:31:08

Ja its painful n emotional 4 Ratties coz once thy go back 2 domestic diski reality is gonna kick in ukuthi abasayazi injabulo....

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2014-11-15 16:33:27

This is how u honour a fellow player not those stupid retards with thier cowch at my team pirates.gud win n congrats to Shakes once again for motivating the team unlike sum fool i wont mention.Daren Keet almost brot me to tears again during his interview.

I hope sum sissy boys from pirates can c how u honour a player.if Kelly Khumalo can perform a song afta losing her bf then wat stops these so called man at pirates from doing same.#smh

what the hell
posted: 2014-11-15 16:35:42

Like I said before if you remove the one legged player and everything will go well. Well done shakes on noticing that

petrus moletsane
posted: 2014-11-15 16:37:10

@nyoana please ko ban this kuku from taking part here,nca idiot

posted: 2014-11-15 16:39:24

Gud point Bhakajuju I like that

posted: 2014-11-15 16:42:05

You are stupid if you are celebrating that win

The Real Lucho
posted: 2014-11-15 16:45:04

Shame we should really feel sorry for them. But this stupid trend of always bringing in club affiliation whenever the National Team plays is just plain stupidity.

Veza'ndlebe (Misunderstood Blogger)
posted: 2014-11-15 16:48:40

what the hell

Inanda Boy
posted: 2014-11-15 16:52:04

Those who hate Rantie really dont know football, this boy is a beast and to think that he is only 22! 

gene peace
posted: 2014-11-15 16:58:28

congo 0 - 2 nigeria

posted: 2014-11-15 17:16:11

We should demolish those drug dealers on Wednesday ,n Congo to beat Sudan

posted: 2014-11-15 17:17:23

If he can improve his decision-making and final ball-Hes destined for stardom

posted: 2014-11-15 17:19:01

Which 1-legged player because about 80% of football players are 1-legged?

posted: 2014-11-15 17:20:27

Well said buccaneer.Your players are just making excuses

posted: 2014-11-15 17:22:26

It is pure imbecility.We shouldn't entertain such morons who bring their club name in the national team matters

posted: 2014-11-15 17:25:55

We must also thank those fans who filled the stadium to almost capacity.You played an important role guys.Big Ups!

The team looks good,the average age has never been better than this.Shakes has done a great job of puttin this team together

There is still room for improvement though

posted: 2014-11-15 17:30:17

Those drug dealers owe us big time.some are already joking saying they are gonna play an U-15 side.Its about time that we shut their loud mouths

posted: 2014-11-15 17:35:31

Tanki boys, #Proudly South African#

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