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Official: Bafana's World Cup Dream Ended In Ghana

Bafana Bafana failed to advanced to the final round of the World Cup qualifiers after suffering defeat to Ghana in their final Group G clash on Sunday night.

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier

Result: Ghana 1-0 South Africa

Date: 14 November 2021

Venue: Cape Coast Stadium

Siyanda Xulu started ahead of Njabulo Ngcobo, Ethan Brooks took the place of Keagan Dolly and Victor Letsoalo returned from suspension in place of Evidence Makgopa, who was not included in the matchday squad.

South Africa were under pressure in the opening exchanges and they nearly went behind in the 14th minute after Rushine De Reuck's slip allowed Jordan Ayew to go clear on goal but the Black Stars forward failed to hit the target.

Daniel-Kofi Kyereh replaced the injured Mohammed Kudus soon after, but he should've opened the scoring seconds after his arrival when he struck his effort over the crossbar with only Ronwen Williams to beat.

Ghana's pressure finally paid off just after the half-hour mark after De Reuck conceded a penalty, which was converted by Andre Ayew on his 100th appearance for Ghana.

Hugo Broos' charges struggled to get out of their own half for most of the first stanza, as the likes of Tau and Letsoalo were unable to threaten the Black Stars defence in the opening 45 minutes.

Check out the action from Ghana's last clash with Bafana in SA: 

Bafana were a much better side after the  break, with Tau in particular taking the game to Ghana and the Al Ahly forward tested shot-stopper Jojo Wollacott for the first time in the 65th minute with a free-kick and again two minutes later, but the Ghanaian smothered both efforts.

Broos made his first change 20 minutes before time, as Dolly came in place of Brooks and Bafana felt they could've had a penalty soon after after Tau went down inside the box from a challenge following Dolly's through ball but the referee waved away the appeals.

Milovan Rajevac's troops had a big chance to put the game to bed 13 minutes before time after goalkeeper Ronwen Williams miscued a clearance, but Kamaldeen Sulemana fired wide of the mark with the net gaping.

In the end, Ghana did well to thwart Bafana and secured maximum points to advance to the play-off round while Bafana fail to qualify for yet another World Cup.

Here's how they started:

Ghana: Wollacott, Yiadom, Rahman, Djiku, Amartey, Kudus, Wakaso, A. Ayew, Baba, J. Ayew, Sulemana.

Subs: Attah, Nurudeen, Baffour, Issaharu, Ismail, Kamaheni, Addo, Owusu, Kyereh, Ekuban, Aidoo, Boakye.

South Africa: Williams, Mobbie, Xulu, De Reuck, Mashego, Phete, Mokoena, Brooks, Hlongwane, Tau, Letsoalo

Subs: Mothwa, Bvuma, Blom, Zuke, Malepe, Sithole, Mdantsane, Donn, Ngcobo, Dolly, Mmodi, Lakay.


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