One more point and Bafana will march to Cameroon

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Bafana Bafana’s Thapelo Morena waltzes past Ghana captain Wakaso Mubarak during the two nations’ Afcon qualifier at FNB Stadium on Thursday. Picture: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images
Bafana Bafana’s Thapelo Morena waltzes past Ghana captain Wakaso Mubarak during the two nations’ Afcon qualifier at FNB Stadium on Thursday. Picture: Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

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Just one more point.

This is a minimum requirement for Bafana Bafana in their final Afcon qualifying group match against Sudan in Omdurman on Sunday.

The result would be enough to secure South Africa a place at next year’s continental championships in Cameroon despite South Africa being held to a 1-1 draw by Ghana at FNB Stadium on Thursday night.

Star striker Percy Tau again came to the rescue for Bafana with a sublime finish to cancel out an earlier strike by Ghana’s Mohamed Kudus, who had given the visitors the lead four minutes into the second half.

The goal was Tau’s fourth of the qualifiers having scored three over back-to-back matches against São Tomé and Príncipe in November.

The stalemate at Nasrec means Ghana have qualified.

Read: How Bafana can settle their mission to qualify for Afcon

The Black Stars are jointly on 10 points, with Bafana but they lead Group C by virtue of a better head-to-head having beaten South Africa in the first leg in November 2019.

The draw on Thursday night has now left other group hopefuls, Sudan, needing a must-win in their meeting with Bafana on Sunday.

Sudan gave themselves a chance in the race with a 2-0 win at São Tomé on Wednesday. The Falcons of Jediane are third on nine points from the five group matches played so far.

Meanwhile, South Africa dominated the opening half of the game at an empty FNB Stadium but were let down by poor finishing.

As much as the atmosphere was eerie, due to Covid-19 regulations that still prohibits fans from attending, Bafana showed some impressive inter-passing game whenever they surged forward.

Thapelo Morena had two good chances to kill the game off but he squandered both efforts that were presented to him. Defender Sifiso Hlanti also came close to scoring but he drove his attempt wild.

Coach Molefi Ntseki was dealt a blow early on in the game when anchor Andile Jali limped off 25 minutes into the tie. The Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder was replaced by Ben Motshwari of Orlando Pirates.

The Ghana goal was a result of ball watching by Bafana, who allowed the visitors to literally walk past the central defenders before Kudus toe-poked home from close range.

Kudus, who turns out for Ajax Amsterdam in Holland, also scored one of the goals in that 2-0 win over Bafana at Ghana’s Cape Coast Sports Stadium.

The Black Stars’s celebrations were short-lived thanks to Tau, who finished off from a well-calculated pass from debutant and Swallows striker Ruzaigh Gamildien.

Both teams came into the match without most of their overseas-based players.


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Daniel Mothowagae 

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