Bafana Bafana

Bafana to keep feet on ground

2014-10-11 22:26
Shakes Mashaba (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has urged his players to keep their feet on the ground following their 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win over Congo on Saturday.

As it happened: Congo v Bafana Bafana

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Goals from Bongani Ndulula and Tokelo Rantie secured a 2-0 win for South Africa at the Stade Municipal in Pointe-Noire.

The victory saw Bafana Bafana move to the top of Group A after three rounds of qualifiers.

Speaking after the win, Mashaba said it's important for his players to remain focused on the job at hand.

"A great result but we must firmly remain rooted on the ground, another win in Polokwane on Wednesday," said the South African coach, referring to the return fixture against Congo in Polokwane next week.

Mashaba made three changes to the team that earned a credible goalless draw against Nigeria in Cape Town last month.

Ajax Cape Town defender Rivaldo Coetzee made his debut for the senior team having come through the youth structures under the guidance of Mashaba.

Coetzee became the senior national team's youngest ever representative at 17, beating a 15 record held by another defender, Aaron Mokoena.

Thulani Serero was also in the starting line-up, while Rantie partnered Ndulula in attack.

Bafana are yet to lose a game since Mashaba replaced Gordon Igesund as head coach in July.


Teams:

Congo:
Massa, I Nganga, Moubhio, F Nganga, Bissiki, Ndinga, Oniangué, Gandzé, Litsingi, Bifouma, Doré
 
Bafana Bafana:
Meyiwa, Matlaba, Mathoho, Coetzee, Hlatshwayo, Furman, Jali, Masango, Serero, Rantie, Ndulula

Updated Africa Cup of Nations match-day 3 qualifying results on Saturday:

Group A

At Pointe-Noire, Congo

Congo Brazzaville 0 South Africa 2 (Ndulula 52, Rantie 55)

At Khartoum

Sudan 1 (Almadina 41) Nigeria 0

Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)

S. Africa 3 2 1 0 5 0 7

Congo 3 2 0 1 5 4 6

Sudan 3 1 0 2 1 5 3

Nigeria 3 0 1 2 2 4 1

Fixtures:

Oct 15: Nigeria v Sudan, S. Africa v Congo

Group B

At Blantyre

Malawi 0 Algeria 2 (Halliche 10, Mesbah 90+3)

At Addis Ababa

Ethiopia 0 Mali 2 (Diaby 33, S. Yatabare 60)

Standings

Algeria 3 3 0 0 5 1 9

Mali 3 2 0 1 4 1 6

Malawi 3 1 0 2 3 6 3

Ethiopia 3 0 0 3 3 7 0

Fixtures:

Oct 15: Algeria v Malawi, Mali v Ethiopia

Group C

At Libreville

Gabon 2 (Aubameyang 70, 74) Burkina Faso 0

Friday

At Maseru

Lesotho 0 Angola 0

Standings

Gabon 3 2 1 0 4 1 7

B. Faso 3 2 0 1 5 2 6

Lesotho 3 0 2 1 1 3 2

Angola 3 0 1 2 0 4 1

Fixtures:

Oct 15: Angola v Lesotho, B. Faso v Gabon

Group D

At Yaounde

Sierra Leone 0 Cameroon 0

Note: fixture moved from Freetown because of Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone

At Kinshasa

Democratic Republic of Congo 1 (Mongongu 69-pen) Ivory Coast 2 (Bony 24, Gradel 83)

Standings

Cameroon 3 2 1 0 6 1 7

I. Coast 3 2 0 1 5 6 6

DR Congo 3 1 0 2 3 4 3

S. Leone 3 0 1 2 1 4 1

Fixtures:

Oct 15: Cameroon v S. Leone, I. Coast v DR Congo

Group E

At Kampala

Uganda 0 Togo 1 (Kokou 30)

Playing later

At Casablanca, Morocco

Guinea v Ghana 1900 GMT

Note: fixture moved from Conakry because of Ebola epidemic in Guinea

Standngs

Uganda 3 1 1 1 3 2 4

Ghana 2 1 1 0 4 3 4

Togo 3 1 0 2 4 5 3

Guinea 2 1 0 1 2 3 3

Fixtures:

Oct 15: Ghana v Guinea, Togo v Uganda

Group F

At Maputo

Mozambique 2 (Kito 43, Reginaldo 60) Cape Verde Islands 0

At Niamey

Niger 0 Zambia 0

Standings

C. Verde 3 2 0 1 5 4 6

Mozambique 3 1 2 0 3 1 5

Zambia 3 0 2 1 1 2 2

Niger 3 0 2 1 2 4 2

Fixtures:

Oct 15: C. Verde v Mozambique, Zambia v Niger

Group G

Friday

At Gaborone

Botswana 0 Egypt 2 (El-Nenny 55, Salah 61)

At Dakar

Senegal 0 Tunisia 0

Standings

Senegal 3 2 1 0 4 0 7

Tunisia 3 2 1 0 3 1 7

Egypt 3 1 0 2 2 3 3

Botswana 3 0 0 3 1 6 0

Fixtures:

Oct 15: Egypt v Botswana, Tunisia v Senegal

Notes

- Group winners and runners-up and best third-place team qualify for finals

- Hosts Morocco qualify automatically for the Jan 17-Feb 8 2015 tournament

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