MATCH CENTRE

SAT 11 OCTOBER 2014, 16:30, BRAZZAVILLE

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Bafana stun Congo in Point-Noire

by Bertin Basson

Sat October 11, 18:32

Goals from Bongani Ndulula and Tokelo Rantie secured a 2-0 win for South Africa over Congo in a 2015 African Cup of Nations Qualifier at Stade Municipal in Pointe-Noire on Saturday.

The victory moves Bafana Bafana top of Group A after three rounds of qualifiers.

Shakes Mashaba made three changes to the side that held defending Afcon champions Nigeria to a goalless draw last time out with Oupa Manyisa and Sibusiso Vilakazi dropping to the bench.

Bournemouth striker Tokelo Rantie returned to the starting XI along with the recalled Thulani Serero while there was also a start for 17-year-old Rivaldo Coetzee who subsequently became the youngest ever Bafana international.

Congo captain Delvin N'Dinga meanwhile returned for the Red Devils who recorded two wins in the opening two qualifiers.

Thievy Bifouma again proved to be Congo's main attacking outlet with the Almeria forward troubling the visitors defence in the early exchanges.

The lively striker forced Senzo Meyiwa into a good save at his near post in the 15th minute, directing a precise cross on target from an acute angle, the Orlando Pirates shot stopper though was up to the task.

Both sides continued to create chances in the first half with Rantie and Ndulula guilty of squandering have chances for the visitors.

The second-half was non-stop action with N'Dinga shooting over in the opening exchanges following a mad scramble before Meyiwa pulled off an superb save to deny Fode Dore who was straight through on goal.

Mandla Masango then went close for Bafana, rattling the upright with a cracking effort. A quickly taken free-kick caught the Red Devils sleeping and the Kaizer Chiefs midfielder almost made them pay with a fierce effort.

South Africa took the lead through Ndulula in the 52nd minute. Thulani Hlatshwayo's header found the AmaZulu striker who found the back of the net via a bicycle kick.

Three minutes later and it was 2-0. Dean Furman picked out Rantie who made no mistake, firing past Chancel Massa from close range to cap an outstanding passage of play by the visitors.

Chances continued to flow at both ends with Rantie notable missing a golden opportunity to complete his brace in the 71st minute.

Great defending coupled with a number of outstanding saves by Meyiwa kept Congo at bay in the final minutes as Bafana held on to secure a memorable win.

Bafana will welcome Congo to the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane in the fourth round of qualifiers on Wednesday evening.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE BRAZZAVILLE
CONGO GOALS SOUTH AFRICA GOALS
Bongani Ndulula (52')
Tokelo Rantie (55')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
CONGO STARTING LINEUP SOUTH AFRICA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
49'
0
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
46'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
63'
0
Midfielder
78'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
52'
64'
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
55'
72'
0
Forward/Striker
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Kevin Koubemba
Forward/Striker
46'
0
Sibusiso Vilakazi
Midfielder
64'
0
Ladislas Douniama
Forward/Striker
63'
0
Kermit Erasmus
Forward/Striker
72'
0
Reneilwe Letsholonyane
Midfielder
78'
0
CARDS
Francis N'Ganga
Defender
49'
0
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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