Van Heerden rescues Bafana

2008-01-24 00:00

A NIGHT that almost ended in Bafana Bafana looking down the barrel of a gun yet again at an African Cup of Nations ended in triumph, as substitute Elrio van Heerden produced a scorching 87th-minute long-range equaliser for a 1-1 draw against Angola at the Tamale Sports Stadium.

An influential player for the national team this year, for example, has been Teko Modise, but the Orlando Pirates playmaker has never been tested on this big a stage and at times appeared overwhelmed. He grew in strength at the end, though, and will look to improve as the competition progresses.

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