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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...

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-11-19 19:33:24

FrankT  True that Free State boy is not national team material. he looked lost thru out the game.

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-19 19:33:30

Stupid is jou ma se groot gat

Touch_Khosified
posted: 2014-11-19 19:33:46

Shakes is the one that costs us:

1.Why ws kermit taken out? Are u trying to kill ths player.

2. Who da F is sokela?

3. Why didn't u take yeye out on a yellow card?

4. Why nt put on an extra defend to help out nd kill the extra minutes?

5. Tactically u are poor Sir Arrogant cheap coach

Sbujero
posted: 2014-11-19 19:33:51

baggioskhosi  Be wise old fart. Play the game, not the man! Free lessons from the university of life.


TheHITMAN STAR
posted: 2014-11-19 19:33:59

For the 1st time in qualifiers we concede 2 goals in less than 20 minutes, those centre back need to be looked into, Yeye must just call it quits. He got his 50 caps now he must just leave

Triple KKK
posted: 2014-11-19 19:34:13

Guys can we not complain a lot......we have denied the so called power house of African football aka drug Lords. ....The ticket to Equatorial Guinea.thats the pain and half.i dnt care much abt the results. And pls agree with me wen I tell u that Is not easy to play on new stadium in Nigeria, in front of 30000 crazy fans, ......High on drugs, with 1 man down....and more than 150 million people, shouting for goals goals goals against u around the poor country. Then u cam back scoring 2 goals.it was not easy.

Let's rejoice that we kicked them out of Afcon in their ass for that matter.we gave them the black ticket.

I can't wait to hear the controversy tomorrow from big drug Lords *the officials*of the NFA.

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-19 19:34:51

He must emulate Clive. But b4 that he needs to shut up

Triple KKK
posted: 2014-11-19 19:35:04

As for Yeye ,s red card....I have no words.

Professor_
posted: 2014-11-19 19:35:59

who substitute a player in the first 20 minutes of the first half? eish shakes mara

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-11-19 19:36:03

Mara some soccer fans are very stupid. It is not fair to blame Yeye for the red card. Shakes blundered by not subbing him. He should have known that Yeye is a kind of player that doesn't shy away from tackles.

BestAgu
posted: 2014-11-19 19:36:18

how come that push on Omeruo was not a FOUL!!! it's like CAF wanted to make sure Nigeria doesn't defend their title!! SO NOT FAIR!

Malabulabu
posted: 2014-11-19 19:36:26

Qualifying without losing a match, wow!!!  I foresee a headline soon saying "Bafana jump ten places in Rankings"

Skeleton Skull
posted: 2014-11-19 19:36:34

Eish another part of me wants to blame our team for inviting those Super Chickens into our own half but then again comfort my self by saying we are still building a team and had we were an experienced side we would ve beaten those Super Chickens, its just tht now we are still building and our side is on the verge of getting strong and be able to absorb pressure.

Damn! We really need Khune and we really need to be a team tht takes the game to the opponents.

Still Bucs & Bafana.

Sbujero
posted: 2014-11-19 19:36:37

The Fearless 1  True at. They were weakened by the presence of Yeye!! HE fooled even our own players, the criminal!! Ngisasho namanje, uYeye uyazi deep in his heart: He sold out tonite!!

Nipsy
posted: 2014-11-19 19:36:38

Manyisa was no where to be seen for the entire 90 minutes, we really needed Serero. Big up Ranti, Big up Deren Keet.

Yeye was supposed to be taken out in the second half. For us to do well in the AFCON Shakes must stop this thing of absorbing pressure, he need to check what Baxter is doing when it comes to defending a lead.

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-19 19:36:56

K! Rat. My predictions were wrong. But I repeat, this cheap coach won't win AFCON 2015. Save this post!!!

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-11-19 19:36:59

Triple KKK  Agreed 100%.

The Real Lucho
posted: 2014-11-19 19:37:23

Love him or hate him, Yeye had a great game and made the team play. The first yellow card yes was acceptable and is understandable as the Nigerians were pressing for goals. We played 1 men shot as Erasmus never came to party. The 2nd yellow card was premeditated as Yeye pulled back his foot and the referee new that he was already booked and jumped at the opportunity to ensure that he kills our Engine. Shockingly I don't hear any Rats reflecting on their only player on the pitch.......Oupa Manyisa.

Go on and hate on Yeye and watch him progress in his career and just a further bitter pill to swallow, Yeye is going to the next year tournament with or without ur poor support. By the way even Khune and George Maluleka will be there to make the number of Chiefs players to at least 9 if not 10:

Khune

Khuzwayo

Masilela

Matoho

Mashamaite

Yeye

Malukeka

Masango

Parker

Lebese

Swallow the bitter pill haters.

i_dussty
posted: 2014-11-19 19:37:25

whatever point shakes was trying to prove did cost us big time. had he replaced yeye earlier we could've won but anyway overall performance well played gentlemen. The rest of the world must watch out

The Fearless Champ
posted: 2014-11-19 19:38:03

Errorsmouse never touched the ball in 45 minutes

Sekola is the guy who sent Errorsmouse to the Mabhida stands after only joining the team on Thursday.

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