AFCON 2013: Bafana Bafana beat Angola, but are not yet safe

AFCON 2013: Bafana Bafana beat Angola, but are not yet safe

South Africa beat Angola 2-0 yesterday in Durban, earning three crucial points that put them in pole position with four points in their 2013 Afcon group A, but the Morocco-Cape Verde game, which ended in draw (1-1), could further complicate the equation if the hosts fail to snatch a point in their last game.

Bafana Bafana, playing under tremendous pressure both from their supporters and the media, led 1-0 at half-time, thanks to a majestic goal scored by Siyabonga Sangweni.

The Palancas Negras, whose government spends a lot of money preparing the team and pumps players with huge bonuses, confirmed its status of underachievers in front of 40 000 spectators hungry for more goals after their first respective games ended in dull draws.

And the goal finally came, it was the goal that dented Angola’s moral anc chance to come back to the game. Majoro, who capitalised on a nervy-looking Angola defence, slotted the ball calmly past goalkeeper Lama.

Coach Gordon Igesund made five changes to the team that kicked off the tournament, and those changes paid off, and finally brought some hope and joy to 50 million people across the country.

However, things could get complicated if the hosts give in to complacency and over-confidence, and fail to win the last game. They have to beat Morocco to be 200% sure of the qualification.

In the other game, debutants Cape Verde produced a superb display and extraordinary courage in the first half to score a goal against sleeping giants Moroccans. The goal, a signature of Platini, helped the Islanders to lead 1-0 until the 78th minute.

But El-Arabi, taking advantage of some poor marking and lack of experience of Cape Verde, who thought a victoria e certa, equalised with a well-taken shot to send  Morocco fans into a night of frenzy in the hot ci

*Photo by News.Abidjan.net

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