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Toothless Bafana Drop Points In AFCON Qualifier

2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
 
Result: South Africa 0-0 Libya
 
Date: 08 September 2018
 
Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium
 
Bafana Bafana struggled in front of goal as they failed to secure maximum points in their first home 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya.
 
Stuart Baxter handed a first-ever start to Orlando Pirates winger Vincent Pule, while Thulani Hlatshwayo was named captain.
 
Dean Furman almost opened the scoring for Bafana in the fifth minute after winning the ball high up the field. The midfielder spotted Libya goalkeeper Mohamed Nashnush off his line, but his lob sailed slightly over the bar.
 
The Mediterranean Knights were unlucky not to go ahead in the 15th minute after Mohamed Saltou’s close range shot hit the post following a counter-attack, with the hosts' goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune getting a crucial touch.
 
Ali Mohamed nearly sensationally broke the deadlock for Adel Amrouche’s charges in the 25th minute with a cracking strike from 25-yards out, but Khune made a good save to keep his side in the contest.
 
Percy Tau looked lively on occasions and almost got the breakthrough for Stuart Baxter’s men in the 36th minute with an improvised half-volley after turning inside the box, but Nashnush swallowed the strike.
 
Bafana got stronger in the last five minutes of the half, but they were unable to take advantage and went into the break scoreless.
 
Buhle Mkhwanazi had a chance to break the deadlock for Bafana four minutes after the break at the back post with a free header, but his effort sailed over the bar.
 
Baxter’s troops were still probing for the elusive breakthrough towards the hour-mark, while the Mediterranean Knights were compact at the back.
 
Baxter opted for a change with 15 minutes remaining, with the in-effective Sibusiso Vilakazi making way for Aubrey Modiba.
 
Bafana were struggling to combine going forward as the half went on, which led to a lack of chances while Libya were threatening to grab the winner on the break.
 
In the end, neither side could carve out a clear-cut chance as the spoils were shared on the day.
 
Here's how they lined up:
 
Bafana: Khune, Mphahlele, Hlanti, Hlatshwayo (c), Mkhwanazi, Furman, Mokotjo, Vilakazi, Dolly, Pule, Tau.
 
Subs: Keet , Maela, Xulu, Mokoena, Modiba, Mabunda,  Grobler.
 
Libya: Abdaula, Almaghasi, Masaud, Elhouni, Ben Ali, El Trbi, Ali Mohammed, Sharadi, Saltou, Abdussalam, Alshadi.
 
Subs: Azzaqah, Sabbou, Al Jamal, Alhaddaj, Ali Soulah, Ali, Baleid.
 

 

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