Bafana advance in CHAN qualifiers

SA National Teams

Bafana Bafana overcame Comoros 1-0 on aggregate to progress to the next round of the Africa Nations Champions qualifiers..

Late call-ups such as George Matlou, Sammy Seabi and Promise Mkhuma were drafted straight into the Bafana line-up following last week’s narrow victory in the first-leg.

It was a slow opening period from the respective nations, as a low snap shot way outside the box from Keletso Sifama aimed to get matters off to a blistering note but to no avail.

Comoros looked to come alive and applied pressure earlier on, but Bafana remained calm and were denied the lead when Seabi’s first-time shot from Mkhuma’s corner hit the woodwork.

The hosts launched more opportunities in a lively closing of the first stanza, as Boitumelo Radiopane forced a point-blank save from the opposing shot-stopper following a well-timed through pass.

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Bafana’s frustrations in front of goal continued fresh in the second half after Radiopane slammed a delivery towards the far post from Sifama well over target.

There were more guilt-edge openings went astray for the host minutes afterwards and Baroka FC midfielder Sydney Malivha squandered an inviting chance at the back-post with the goal at his mercy.

Thereby, interim Bafana mentor Helman Mkhalele introduced a fresh pair of legs just inside the remaining 20 minutes of the match with Ashley Cupido on for Radiopane.

Comoros looked to steal the advantage in the closing stages with entries from throw-ins and on the occasion corner-kicks, but Bafana stayed calm for the victory and advanced to the next stage.

Confirmed line-ups:

South Africa: Vyer, Msani, Mdunyekwa, Malivha, Sebetlela, Seabi, Sifama, Mahlangu, Matlou, Mkhuma, Radiopane.

Subs: Mzimela, Ralenkoane, Philipps, Shezi, Sithole, Mbidana, Cupido