South Africa better than Nigeria, Senegal - Bafana Bafana coach boasts

Luther Singh of South Africa looks dejected

Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter included goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune in his starting line-up for the World Cup qualifier against Senegal in Polokwane on Friday evening.

The result ensured an unassailable 11 points for Senegal after five games, helping them qualify for their second World Cup finals, their first since Korea/Japan 2002.

South Africa knew they had to win their last two games to have any chance of making it to Russian Federation, but defeat in Polokwane ends their slim hopes of qualification.

Bottom-of-the-table South Africa lie seven ponts behind Senegal ahead of a return match in Dakar next Tuesday, with Burkina Faso hosting Cape Verde at the same time.

Burkina Faso now occupy second place on six points, while Cape Verde, also on six points, are third.

Ephraim Mashaba looked to change the game from the substitutes' bench, including bringing on Siphiwe Tshabalala, who famously scored the first goal at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.


Nigeria and Egypt are the other two African nations to have already earned a spot at the 2018 World Cup, with the draw set to take place on December 1.

"We need to make progress".

However, leading up to the game, the South African camp has been hit with a series of suspension and injury problems, including Khune, who fractured a bone in his face in a Telkom Knockout match last weekend.

The Senegalese Teranga Lions doubled their lead after 38 minutes against the run of play with another goal involving Sakho and Mane.

Goals: Sakho 12′, Mkhize (OG) 35′. But again there was no end product as several promising crosses just failed to meet the right targets in the box, while Sibusiso Vilakazi fired straight at N'Diaye from close range and Zwane struck a first-time effort over the bar just after the hour mark.

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