Bafana reach Afcon quarter-finals

By Drum Digital
28 January 2013

Siyabonga Sangweni equalised for Bafana Bafana with less than five minutes left in Durban on Sunday as the Africa Cup of Nations hosts booked their place in the tournament quarterfinals for the first time in more than a decade.

Issam el Adoua netted from a well placed header in the 10th minute to give Morocco a 1-0 lead at half-time, but May Mahlangu struck back for South Africa in the 71st minute.

And while Mehdi Namli put Morocco in front again with less than eight minutes remaining, Sangweni scored in the dying stages to earn a point for the hosts.

South Africa, who last reached the Afcon quarterfinals at the 2002 tournament in Mali, finished top of Group A. They will face the Group B runners-up at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

Debutants Cape Verde Islands defeated Angola 2-1 in a simultaneous fixture in Port Elizabeth to finish second in the group. They will play the Group B winners in Port Elizabeth in the next round.

-by Sapa

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