Sibusiso Vilakazi of South Africa during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

by Bertin Basson

Friday Sep 02, 2016. 21:00

Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier between South Africa and Mauritania from the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

South Africa:  Khune; Mobara, Mphahlele, Hlatshwayo, Langerman - Jali,  Kekana (Furman 67'), Makola, Modiba - Vilakazi (Motupa 83'), Gabuza (Rantie 60')

Mauritania: Souleymane (Boubacar 46'); Wade, N'Diaye, Sally, Camara - Guideye (Gueye 72'), Yaly, El Id (Denna 64') - Khalil, Bagili, Diakhite

Live updates: 

90+6' - Full-Time: South Africa 1-1 Mauritania

90' - Four minutes added and Boubacar is now booked for time wasting.

85' - CHANCE! Hlatshwayo flashes his header Boubacar is on the floor.

80' - Into the final 10 minutes, Mauritania holding firm despite playing with 10-men.

78' - Yellow card - Furman; game heating up in the final exchanges with South Africa chasing the winning goal, Mauritania happy to slow the game down.

75' - Red card - Diakhite reduced to 10-men; silly foul by the forward and he receives his marching orders.

72' - Yellow card - Guideye

70' - CHANCE! Great defending by Camara to deny Rantie from close range - the Mauritanian defender quick to the ball after Vilakazi beat the offside trap.

66' - Easy take for Boubacar from a Makola free-kick. South Africa have introduced Tokelo Rantie as they go in search of the winner. Furman also about to come on.

65' - Yellow card - Sally

58' - Yellow card - Kekana

56' - PENALTY MISS! Gabuza misses from 12 yards after Wade was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area.

52' - Kekana puts the ball into the back of the net, but he was in an offside position.

50' - CHANCE! Ball floated into the area, but somehow both Vilakazi and Gabuza miss the ball. South Africa eager to test 18-year-old Boubacar.

46' - Second-half has kicked off

45+3' - Half-Time: South Africa 1-1 Mauritania

45+2' - CHANCE! Ball falls favourable for Gabuza who gets on the end of the ball, but Souleymane is quick off his line to clear from danger - the goalkeeper looks to have hurt himself and will be a doubt to resume the game.

45' - Two minutes added

39' - Yellow card - Diakhite

35' - Kekana lets fly from range, but the ball was always sailing over - to the relief of Souleymane who would have surely watched the Sundowns skipper bang in arguably the goal of the qualifiers away to Cameroon.

30' - Half-hour played in Nelspruit, South Africa finding their rhythm as they go in search of the lead before the half-time break.

27' - Yellow card - Wade

26' - GOAL! From the resulting corner-kick, Kekana nods home from close range with the goalkeeper slow to get off his line.

25' - SAVE! Space opens up for Makola who shifts the ball onto his left-foot, but Souleymane is up to the task - makes a good save.

22' - Bafana Bafana bossing position at the moment, but with little avail. Mauritania very disciplined in defence.

17' - GOAL! Guideye opens the scoring for Muaritania, 1-0 - swift counter-attack ends with the midfielder guiding the ball in the back of the net from the edge of the area.

15' - Yellow card - Langerman

11' - Mobara surges down the right flank and tries to pick out Gabuza, but Sally is well positioned to clear from danger. Resulting corner-kick comes to nothing with Hlatshwayo guilty of committing a foul.

8' - CHANCE! Ball falls to Mpho Makola at the far post from a Langerman cross, but Mauritania do well to clear their lines.

5' - Early set-piece for Bafana Bafana comes to nothing as Langerman gives commits a foul on the far side of the park.

1' - Kick-off

- Players are out on the park, kick-off imminent.

- Only a second cap for Mphahlele tonight, Hlatshwayo captains Bafana Bafana despite Khune starting in goal. Afcon qualifying debut for new SuperSport United recruit Modiba - Mobara at right-back and Gabuza starts despite limited game time for Orlando Pirates.

- Mauritania missing a few key players, but are still expected to give South Africa a tough time in the Mpumalanga province.


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