MATCH CENTRE

SAT 10 JANUARY 2015, 21:00, ATTERIDGEVILLE

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Bafana, Cameroon play to 1-1 draw

by Staff Reporter

Sat January 10, 23:42

Bafana Bafana and Cameroon played to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly played in Libreville, Gabon on Saturday evening.

Vincent Aboubakar opened the scoring for Volker Finke's men, but South Africa leveled matters through Sibusiso Vilakazi to secure a credible draw for the 1996 African Cup of Nations winners.

South Africa found themselves in an unfamiliar position seven minutes into the game as Aboubakar hit home for the Indomitable Lions.

The Porto striker's stunning free-kick from the edge of the area meant South Africa trailed for the first time since Shakes Mashaba took over from Gordon Igesund.

Cameroon, who like Bafana, ended their qualifying campaign unbeaten could've been up by a few with 15 minutes on the clock, with the West Africans dominating possession and territory.

South Africa were firmly on the back foot, but battled through the difficult early exchanges and found their rhythm as the half grew on with Bernard Parker curling his effort just wide of goal shortly before the interval.

For Bafana the referee's whistle brought to an end a disappointing first half with Mashaba's men trailing 1-0 at the break.

South Africa started the second-half on the front foot with Tokelo Rantie setting up Thabo Matlaba who forced Fabrice Ondoua into a diving save in the 57th minute.

Rantie was next to go close for South Africa with the Bournemouth marksman curling his free-kick from 25 yards inches wide of Ondoua's left-had post in the 68th minute.

Bafana found the equaliser through second-half substitute Sibusiso Vilakazi in the 76th minute. The Bidvest Wits midfielder weaved his way past a couple of Cameroon defenders before finishing with aplomb.

Bafana Bafana will continue their preparation for the 2015 African Cup of Nations with a friendly match against Mali on Wednesday.

South Africa (0) 1 (Vilakazi 76')

Cameroon (1) 1 (Aboubakar 7')

South Africa: Khuzwayo; Matlaba, Coetzee, Hlatshwayo, Ngcongca, Jali, Furman, Zwane, Manyisa, Parker, Rantie

Cameroon: Ondoua; Guihoata, Chedjou, Mandjeck, Bedimo, Loe, Salli, Etoundi, Njie, Bagnack, Aboubakar

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
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