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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: 2014-11-20 06:21:18

we kicked AFCON CHAMPIONS out last nite and we played our game that's all matters to me m happy. those who are in player snipping plz guys not now we still have tournament to complete this is one step towards a good direction., this is not club football country comes first, we so used in loosing even when its time to celebrate we still find time to mock ourplayers ayi mzansi nooo maan, lets celebrate qualifying farely escpecially kicking Nigeria out .

viva bafana bafana viva

Letswai Nameng
posted: 2014-11-20 06:25:14

With all due respect to Ta Shakes...but i think he blundered by starting with dead wood Letsholonyane ....the guy is finished.....he has shown time and time again that like many of his zebra compatriot...he cant perfom on an international platform.

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posted: 2014-11-20 06:31:32

Shame, Mathoho was playing no.5 and no.4 at the same time.

his partner was nowhere to be seen........

I've predicted a freeway for Obi in midfield, and it exactly happened - Shakes made it hard for him by playing someone who decided to rough others because he cannot compete....

let here......

Letswai Nameng
posted: 2014-11-20 06:35:23

The least said about Mashamaite the better...my goodness these international  failures must just make way for young talents...the presence of young Coetzee was sorely missed at the heart of defense...The zebra was forever caught chasing the action in 6s and 7s.

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The African DOG
posted: 2014-11-20 06:39:20

Letswai Nameng  You are jealous. Learn to support your fellow Africans. At least Masha is doing something for his country. What is you contribution other than insulting players. shame on you

Chiefs Madrid Arsenal
posted: 2014-11-20 06:40:21

kasisoccer Well said boy, people are are busy pointing fingers 2 individual players especially those that have an abnormal hatred of Kaizer Chiefs.

Naturena Born Killer
posted: 2014-11-20 06:47:31

its sad to see most of you guys complaining about the team after they gave everything they got.  Lets face it, soccer can be cruel sometimes though we tried to beat Nigeria but failed again.  All thanks to out coach n de rest of the team for taking us to 2015 CAF undefeated. 

For a team that had nothing to lose and had already qualified, playing away in a fully booked stadium against the former continental champions, having lost a player with more 15 minutes left to play, they really fought hard and I don't care what some of you think but I have full confidence the our Boys will be competitive in the afcon.

Those boys know exactly what it means to be national assets and what to do when representing the country.

Big up Shakes and the whole team, raise the flag up!

posted: 2014-11-20 06:54:02

bafana will win this AFCON, I was happy Erasmus was taken off first half, he was destructing Rantie up front.

posted: 2014-11-20 07:08:19

Letswai Nameng i think Masha did very well under the circumstances, we were under a lot of pressure, i also dont think you Coetzee would have managed in that game and i must comment the coach for protecting him like that. the whole team did their best lama nayja awasiboni stru. 

posted: 2014-11-20 07:11:59

SisterP  Erasmus and Rantie cant play at the same time, one end up looking like a passenger.

posted: 2014-11-20 07:14:48

Lufunot true my outie. erasmus was lost, even masango. Nigeria bazohlala besinda.

posted: 2014-11-20 07:20:25

SisterP Lufunot  sometimes we just have to accept that as much as we don't like Ndulula he make our attack look good since he stay in the box at all times and he was missed last night..

I am happy with bra Shakes but sometimes he try too much to prove a point, I never notice Manyisa last night apart from the time he was fouled and injured, this thing of playing players out of position is not good cause we will end up hating a good player just because he is not being played to his strength..

serero used to be ineffective when he was played in the wing but against Sudan he was playing a best football of his life in his usual position behind the stickers..  Katza and Lucas Twala were the victim of being played out of position.

posted: 2014-11-20 07:45:06

Lufunot i fully agree with you, but lets support our team now that GI is no longer there. 

posted: 2014-11-20 07:57:15

kasisoccer And you must remember some players they read these nasty comments. We killing them as if we better on our respective industries. The boys done well they deserve better, let alone their clubs as they didn't chose to play. 

Viva Bafana

posted: 2014-11-20 08:04:18

Lufunot SisterP the question is who he can play in that position, who can play, pass, eliminate and hold the ball, I don't agree with playing players out of position but I understand why he uses him there.

posted: 2014-11-20 08:48:33

The jury is still out on this Sekola boy. I think he has been rushed. But he's a bulldozer.

posted: 2014-11-20 08:52:10

I can't stop laughing at those big Nigerian defenders. Their bodies are sore as we speak. Talk about being taken to the cleaners. Rantie could have scored 2 more goals.

posted: 2014-11-20 09:10:29

Modimo wa bolo idiot ke mmago

posted: 2014-11-20 09:14:10

Bhakawina But Masango was not in the game thus he was subbed, Yeye had a fair game besides the yellow he got, lets just admit that it was not to be for SA to win on the day

posted: 2014-11-20 09:27:23

The boys played very well but we stilllack the fire power in front of the box. crcly, we not going ino the box in numbers.

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