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Bafana Slump To Defeat In Mauritania

2017 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier

Result: Mauritania 3-1 Bafana Bafana

Date: 05 September 2015
 
Venue: Stade Olympique de Nouakchott
 
Bafana Bafana slumped to a 3-1 to defeat at the hands of Mauritania in their 2017 Afcon qualifier on Saturday evening.
 
The hosts went ahead in the fifth minute when Itumeleng Khune dropped a routine free-kick from Abeid Aly into his own net under no pressure.
 
Bafana, meanwhile, were second best for most of the first stanza, and they struggled to get their passing game going and were often pressured into making simple errors.
 
Shakes Mashaba's men hardly troubled the opposition goalkeeper Mohammed Salahdine and were restricted to a couple of long range efforts in the opening 30 minutes, none of which were on target.
 
In fact Bafana failed to register a single effort on target in the opening 45 minutes and struggled to provide service for Tokelo Rantie and Thamsanqa Gabuza.
 
Despite scoring the only goal of the half, the home side failed to test Khune for the rest of the stanza, although they were more threatening than the visitors.
 
Bafana were dealt a major blow shortly after the break, when debutant Siyabonga Zulu was shown a straight red card for committing a professional foul when he was the last line of defence.
 
Mashaba had to sacrifice the ineffective Rantie at this point for Mzikayise Mashaba, while Bongani Zungu replaced Dean Furman a little later.
 
Zungu should have leveled matters for Bafana in the 64th minute but the Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder ballooned his effort over from 12-yards out.
 
Bafana grabbed an equaliser five minutes later when Gabuza rose highest to head home Anele Ngcongca's well-weighted cross.
 
However, the home side restored their lead in the 77th minute courtesy of fine solo effort from Beyguili, who skipped past two defenders, before firing past Khune.
 
Mauritania sealed the win in the 85th minute with another fine individual effort, as Khalil Ahmed danced past three Bafana defenders, before lobbing the on-rushing Khune.
 
Bafana are still without a win in their qualifying campaign after two games, having drawn 0-0 with Gambia in their opening game and now sit bottom of the group.
 
Here's how they started:
 
Bafana Bafana: Khune (c), Ngcongca, Zulu, Coetzee, Mathoho, Furman, Jali, Serero, Masango, Gabuza, Rantie
 
Mauritania: Salahdine, Abeid, Diaw, Dellah, N’Diaye(c), Abdoul, Denna, Gaye,Khalil, Diakhité, Ba

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