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Tau & Zwane Shine As Bafana Win Six-Goal Thriller

2022 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier

Result: São Tomé and Príncipe 2-4 South Africa

Date: 16 November 2020

Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Themba Zwane and Percy Tau bagged two goals each as Bafana Bafana defeated Sao Tome and Principe 4-2 in a 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. 

Browse through the gallery above to see action from Bafana's win.

Molefi Ntseki made just two changes from Friday’s win as Lyle Lakay came in for the injured Innocent Maela while Bongani Zungu was rewarded for scoring the second goal a few days, with Kamohelo Mokotjo dropping to the bench.

After a quiet start, Lebogang Manyama managed to get the first real opportunity in front of goal with a shot from close-range but the Kaizer Chiefs man went wide in the end.

Sao Tome stunned the South Africans on 12 minutes when captain Joazhifel Soares met a floating ball to head past Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.

Manyama was given another chance four minutes before the half-hour mark with a free-kick on the edge of the six-yard area, but the attempt went over the top of goal.

Bafana did eventually go on to find the equaliser six minutes to halftime as a move involving Zungu and Dean Furman led to Themba Zwane calmly slotting into the far corner.

Percy Tau, absent for much of the game, finally came to work midway through the second half after seeing his shot cleared off the goal-line from a pass by Manyama.

The Anderlecht forward eventually put Bafana ahead inside the last 20 minutes after skipping past one defender before firing into the top corner.

Sao Tome were level 15 minutes to the end of the match after Harramiz Soares found space to send a towering header past Williams off a well-weighted cross from out wide.

However, Zwane restored Bafana’s lead in the last three minutes when he finished off a decent move to complete his brace.

Tau also grabbed his second goal with a solid finish of his own moments later while the clash ended on a sour note for Sao Tome, who had Ivonaldo sent off in second-half stoppage time.

Here's how they lined up:

Bafana: Ronwen Williams , Thapelo Morena, Thulani Hlatshwayo (C), Mosa Lebusa, Lyle Lakay, Dean Furman, Themba Zwane, Bongani Zungu, Percy Tau, Keagan Dolly, Lebogang Manyama.

Subs: Darren Keet (GK), Itumeleng Khune (GK), Siyabonga Dube, Motjeka Madisha, Rushine de Reuck, Luther Singh, Tebogo Mokoena, Thabiso Kutumela, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Vincent Pule, Thabo Nodada, Siyethemba Sithebe, Kermit Erasmus.

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