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Africa Cup of Nations Match Report: Nigeria 2-2 South Africa

Posted: 19 November 2014 Time: 21:05

Two goals from Sone Aluko earned Nigeria a 2-2 draw with 10-man South Africa in their African Nations Cup qualifier on Wednesday night.

GALLERY: Nigeria vs Bafana

Rantie scored two brilliant individual first-half goals to put Shakes Mashaba's side in the driving seat, but Super Eagles substitute Sone Aluko pulled two goals back for the home side in the second half.

It would have been Bafana Bafana's first ever competitive win over the Super Eagles when the score was 2-1 in stoppage time, but Aluko's late strike denied the visitors at the death.

READ: Nigeria 2-2 SA minute by minute

The result sees South Africa end on top of the group on 12 points, and at the same time sent Nigeria, who needed three points, crashing out of Afcon.

Bafana ended the game a man down after Reneilwe Letsholonyane – playing his 51st cap for the national team – was sent off for his second bookable offence in the 71st minute.

It looked ominous for South Africa after just eight minutes when Dean Furman was caught in possession, allowing Ahmed Musa through on goal as he thundered a strike against the crossbar.

Then just minutes later goalkeeper Darren Keet had a major hand to play as he showed composure and experience to come out and thwart Musa in two dangerous one-on-one situations in quick succession, blocking with his legs on both occasions.

It was an open contest, although Nigeria were dominating possession. Six minutes before half-time Mashaba decided to withdraw Kermit Erasmus – who was a late change to the starting eleven – and brought on more traditional centre-forward Moeketsi Sekola for his second international cap.

Rantie then came up with a moment of magic just before the break, receiving the ball from Furman on the left touchline before outsprinting two Nigerian defenders, opening up his body and disguising a shot past Victor Enyeama at his near post. It was a quality finish from the Bournemouth forward to put his side into the ascendency.

Then just four minutes after the break the ever hard-working Rantie was at it again, stealing the ball of Nigeria's last defender before rounding the goalkeeper and slotting home on his left foot.

Aluko pulled a goal back on 68 minutes after Nwofor Uche was allowed too much space to turn and get a shot away on the edge of the area, the ball cannoning off the upright and falling fortunately for the substitute to tap home.

Bafana were still in control at this point but the game changed on 71 minutes when Letsholonyane – booked in the first half for a studs-up challenge on Raheem Lawal – was sent for an early shower after a cynical trip that resulted in his second caution.

It was all Nigeria in the final 20 minutes and although they were not creating too many clear-cut chances, they pushed right until the 92nd minute when Aluko dummied Furman on the edge of the box before trying his luck with his weaker right foot, beating Keet with a daisy-cutter into the bottom-right corner.

The result was disappointing for South Africa, but even more so for Nigeria as they failed to qualify for Equatorial Guinea 2015.

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-11-19 22:48:39

bucaneer 4 lyf 

posted: 2014-11-19 22:57:50

Darren "5 Skippas" Keet, what a game he and Rantie had...Just wanted to c these previously arrogant nijas crying over failing at their sole sport football like lil girls lol, too bad they all went into hiding after the game

posted: 2014-11-19 23:13:10

some illiterate south africans on this blog keep calling Nigerians drug dealers while they forget that their own people are assassin killers who kill their own heros for just cell phone. my cousin from Scotland came to visit me here in south africa last month and I can still remember how scared he also was whenever we go out for sightseeing but I still defend the honor of this country by often and often telling him that south Africa is safe even though I knew deep down in my heart that it could be dangerous out there. some of you take things beyond football as if south africa is that clean from crime. I have lived in this country for five years and a mother of my incoming baby is a south african, so I know very well just like you south africans the dirty and ugly side of this country just like every other countries have theirs too. so you guys should keep to football when we talking about football and not calling nigerians names when you know very well the crime your own people commit out there everyday. peace.Edit (in 362 minutes)

posted: 2014-11-19 23:46:58

Modimo wa bolo  I agree with a lot of what you state above and some of the ratings, But For Me objectively speaking:

Yeye as much as he got that red, I'd give him a 6/10 he worked his socks off in being available to receive passes when others got stuck on the ball, defended with purpose but not much technique and made everyone play

Mashamaite 5/10 individually today put his defensive line under pressure at times, he was forever in the back ground of the opponents attempted attacks(bunching up with his defensive partners) and not committing to being the one to make the tackles and blocks, he did however help aerially

Erasmus 2/10 made 1 decisive run which ended in a corner, made hospital passes and lost the ball there after, had no presence on the pitch(looked very sluggish maybe jet lagged)

Jali 5/10 using your explanation 

The rest are spot on

posted: 2014-11-19 23:51:03

Okada man  Their muthi is stronger than ours

posted: 2014-11-20 00:11:33

FrankT  All a striker needs is Hunger for goals, technique, luck and confidence...aside from the underwhelming display, if that kid sorts his game out and gains confidence for this level i.m.o I see a prolific goal scorer in this boy (he has certain glimpses of presence and self belief about him, which is trying to emerge much like how Musona started out)...By the way he did give Rantie that last pass in optional time

Captain Blackbeard
posted: 2014-11-20 04:15:39

If South Africa is not so safe why don't you go back to Boko Haram land moron.?!

posted: 2014-11-20 04:25:52

Super chickens didn't qualified..Aowa lol,its time for them to give away that trophy,if we needed 3points we were gonna give them 3 nil.

Lepulana la Makhosi
posted: 2014-11-20 04:27:21

for yeye we were walking on a thin ice. we were under presure n de referee was not on our syd.

posted: 2014-11-20 04:29:59

Lol tell them that if we needed 3 points,we were gonna get it,we just needed to upset there's super chickens.now they must watch us on tv iin January..or they must also hand over the trophy before Bokaharam steals it lol

posted: 2014-11-20 04:33:01

Guys lets stop criticizing our own players,we are not chiefs or pirates,we are Bafana Bafana,lets rally behind the boys like Jalis,Masangos,Khunes,Sekola ECT.

posted: 2014-11-20 04:35:15

But yeye ND Jali play in central position,he really should have substituted yeye ND continued to attacked them with Masango

posted: 2014-11-20 04:38:22

Packing the bus while playing a. Weaker team wasn't good bra shakes,you knew going forward we were gonna scored maybe 5 goals more in the second half,those Nigerians defenders were falling like they drank chibuku

posted: 2014-11-20 05:28:21

We gave these guys too much respect on the 2nd half. We weren't supposed to do that.

posted: 2014-11-20 05:46:15

Some of the comments posted here show an amazing lack of soccer knowledge and I ask myself whether is it because of team-based favoritism which blinds them to see clear! Hai Madoda! Many of these comments supposedly come from those with team-eyed spectacles which fail them to see a South African in a national colour.  This tendency kills or lowers the level of ideas posted here. Some comments stink a green hatred of players who are apparently not from teams we favour individually. Haibo! Make this space to long for and eager to comment to share our unbiased view of  our idols in our national colours.

posted: 2014-11-20 05:50:32

Letsholonyan, Erusmus, Masango, Manyisa did not come to the party as we usually expect from them. We were defence -oriented and depended on counter and individual brilliance from few of our players. But I am happy Mashaba took note of that and I hope and trust that he will correct that.

posted: 2014-11-20 05:54:52

to mdshakur: Its better to spew that poison in another platform. You are calling for negative response. This is just a friendly reminder my country man.

Mavista we Bhakajuju
posted: 2014-11-20 05:57:56

Am proud of the boys they represented the Country very well................am one of those people who didn't give them a chance to get a point or win against TB Joshua Eagles......... well done bro Shake and the boys.                                                                                                                                                                                                

posted: 2014-11-20 06:01:52

mdshakur : As much as you are bitter about what was said about your country, its better to focus on the topic and make us to see how different you are from some of commentators here.

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