Cape Town - Bafana Bafana once again failed to hold onto a lead at the Africa Cup
of Nations on Friday as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with
Senegal in Mongomo.
Oupa Manyisa gave Bafana Bafana the lead at
the start of the second half with a low strike from inside the area, but
a towering header by Genk defender Kara Mbodji just after the hour mark
earned Senegal a draw.
Read:As it happened: Bafana 1-1 Senegal
The result leaves Senegal top of Group C
with four points from two matches, one point clear of both Algeria and
Ghana, who met earlier in the day with the Black Stars winning 1-0.
Africa, meanwhile, are bottom with just one point to their name and
must beat Ghana in their last match next Tuesday to stay in the
Bafana Bafana threw away a lead in a 3-1 defeat to
Algeria in their opening game and this latest inability to see out a
result seriously compromises their chances of progressing.
second match of the day in Mongomo was a game of few chances, although a
Senegal side that showed five changes from their win over Ghana started
the brighter of the two teams.
In the 11th minute, Senegal
goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul tipped a shot from the edge of the box by
Sibusiso Vilakazi behind for a corner, and seven minutes later Thuso
Phala was only prevented from shooting inside the area by a timely
Papa Diop's free-kick at the other end in the 24th minute
was fired straight at South Africa goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane, who
was picked ahead of the dropped Darren Keet.
And on the stroke of half-time, Senegal striker Mame Biram Diouf headed wide off a corner from inside the box.
opener arrived within two minutes of the restart, with Manyisa
finishing low across Coundoul and into the net from a right-wing cross.
were denied an equaliser when Sadio Mane converted from close range
after Moussa Sow had headed the ball back across goal, with the offside
flag coming to South Africa's rescue.
However, the Lions of Teranga were level on the hour mark as Mbodji rose to head home a Diop free-kick at the back post.
game opened up after that with chances at both ends of the pitch, as
Sow scuffed his shot from inside the box 20 minutes from time before
South Africa skipper Dean Furman fired off target from range.
moments later, Senegal goalscorer Mbodji did well to stop the
ever-dangerous Tokelo Rantie on the edge of the box as the game swung
from end to end.
Substitute Dame Ndoye then forced the South
Africa goalkeeper to make a fine save in the 82nd minute when he flew to
his right to turn a goal-bound effort from distance around the post as
the game ended all square.