24 March 20:20
MATCH REPORT: Injury-time Sangare strike foils Foster’s delight as Bafana blow it to draw with Liberia
The strike was so surreal it seemed like something out of this orbit – like an alien object shooting like a cannon into the goal.
That’s how Bafana Bafana goalkeeper and captain Ronwen Williams must have felt as Mohammed Sangare’s 91st long-range rocket earned Liberia a 2-2 draw in a crucial Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier at Orlando Stadium on Friday night.
24 March 20:16
That draw should surely taste like a defeat for Hugo Broos and his Bafana charges.
However, all is not lost.
The men's senior national team could still qualify for the tournament in Ivory Coast.
A win in Monrovia on Tuesday (18:00) will keep Broos's charges in the race for qualification.
It could go down to the last match against Morocco in June as both Liberia and SA still have to face the Atlas Lions.
Meanwhile, Bafana depart for Liberia over the weekend.
24 March 20:03
FULL-TIME: Bafana Bafana 2-2 Liberia
Bafana Bafana let slip a two-goal cushion as Liberia came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Orlando Stadium in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Lyle Foster nailed in an early spot-kick after Percy Tau was brought down in the penalty box before the Burnley striker completed his brace with an excellent headed effort to give South Africa a 2-0 lead after just 20 minutes.
But Liberia made swift changes in the second half to crawl back into the clash as super-substitutes Tonia Tisdell and Mohammed Sangare scored to ensure the West Africans leave with a valuable point.
Liberia welcomes South Africa to Monrovia on Tuesday and whoever wins secures their tickets to the Afcon tournament in Ivory Coast next year.
24 March 19:54
Liberia equalise coming from a wonderful strike! Take a bow.
Super-substitute Sangare from nearly 25-yards makes the score 2-2 at Orlando Stadium.
24 March 19:38
The opening fifteen minutes of the second stanza, Bafana had a plethora of goalscoring chances, but were either not clinical in their passing or shooting apart from Tau's free-kick which was supposed to be an indirect free-kick.
24 March 19:32
70' Finally some changes from Hugo Broos. Saleng and Sithole replaces Zwane and Hlongwane.
24 March 19:32
68' GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!
Liberia pull back as Tisdel after a minute of being brought on from the substitutes bench.
24 March 19:06
45' Second-half is now underway ...
No changes made by Bafana Bafana as Liberia make two changes.
24 March 18:25
21' GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!
Fine corner-kick delivery and Foster glides his head to the ball to add a second to the scoreline and complete his brace.
24 March 18:12
Liberia's goalkeeper leaves his goalline to clear the ball but his high boot and leg catches Percy Tau instead.
The referee points to the spot!
24 March 18:05
2' A silly free-kick given away by Tau and from 25 yards out Liberia's Kamara tests Williams with a low freekick. The Sundowns shotstopper is all for it as he gloves it for a corner kick.
24 March 18:00
The national anthems are sung and fans are still pulling through to the Orlando Stadium.
The attendance is just under 7000 so far.
24 March 17:45
The players have arrived and have gone through their necessary warm up drills ahead of the kick-off ...
24 March 17:23
Bafana boss Broos makes six changes to the side that took on Angola in November, the last time the national team played.
Lyle Foster leads the attack with Percy Tau and Bongokuhle Hlongwane return on either side of the Burnley striker.
Meanwhile, Broos has gone for the defensive partnership of Mothobi Mvala and Siyanda Xulu.
Thapelo Morena gets the nod ahead of Sydney Mobbie.
24 March 12:04
While we all wait in anticipation for tonight's kick-off, catch up on some of Bafana stories that has been published this week.
24 March 12:03
Moment of truth for Hugo Broos: If Bafana don't beat Liberia, 'the whole project is a failure'
South Africa coach Hugo Broos faces a pivotal moment within two years of his five-year term when Bafana Bafana face Liberia in a two-legged straight shoutout for 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualification.
24 March 12:02
Lyle Foster: Learning from 'crazy' Haaland, replicating Benni and Radebe's Premier League legacy
Bafana Bafana striker Lyle Foster is back on South African shores after a life-changing two-and-a-half months.
24 March 12:01
'It's the Percy I know': Back to his old self, says beaming Broos before crucial Afcon qualifier
Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos smiled with pleasure when he spoke about Percy Tau, who, according to the Belgian mentor, is back to his old self of scoring and assisting in goals.
24 March 12:00
All eyes on Cassius: A sports science diploma, a Bafana call-up, but 'no rush' to Europe for Mailula
The simplest way of getting noticed by Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos is by both scoring and assisting in goals, and Mamelodi Sundowns star Cassius Mailula's statistics are hard to ignore.
24 March 11:53
Ka-ching! Bafana's Foster on being SA's most expensive player: 'I try not to think about it'
Bafana Bafana forward Lyle Foster is paying no mind to the huge price tag attached to his name after joining English side Burnley.
24 March 11:52
Zero Chiefs stars, but Sundowns-heavy Bafana squad 'will surely help,' says captain Williams
Hugo Broos announced his 23-man Bafana Bafana squad and left out Kaizer Chiefs players for the first time in the national team's history since readmission in 1992.
24 March 11:51
Bafana coach wary of 'enormous bonus' spurring on Liberia in Afcon qualifiers
Money is the ultimate motivation and that is what Bafana Bafana are up against when they face Liberia in home and away Africa Cup of Nation (Afcon) qualifiers.
24 March 11:49
Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos will announce his starting eleven at 17:00 ahead of the kick-off at 18:00 at the iconic Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
Here is the 23-man squad selected Broos will choose his starts from:
Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (Mamelodi Sundowns), Veli Mothwa (AmaZulu), Ricardo Goss (SuperSport United)
Defenders: Sydney Mobbie (Sekhukhune United), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Nkosinathi Sibisi (Orlando Pirates), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Aubrey Modiba (Mamelodi Sundowns), Grant Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns), Mothobi Mvala (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siyanda Xulu (Turan-Tovuz IK, Azerbaijan)
Midfielders: Miguel Timm (Orlando Pirates), Teboho Mokoena (Mamelodi Sundowns), Luke Le Roux (Vargerb Bois, Sweden), Sphephelo Sithole (Belenenses, Portugal)
Forwards: Monnapule Saleng (Orlando Pirates), Lyle Foster (Burnley, England), Mihlali Mayambela (Aris Limassol, Cyprus), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (Minnesota, USA), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Zakhele Lepasa (Orlando Pirates), Percy Tau (Al Ahly, Egypt), Cassius Mailula (Mamelodi Sundowns)