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Bafana land at 09H30 at OR Tambo International Airport later today..... If u not working or attending imaginary "meetings," u know the deal.— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) November 19, 2014
Bafana land at 09H30 at OR Tambo International Airport later today..... If u not working or attending imaginary "meetings," u know the deal.
That's all folks...
Thank you for joining Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary from the final AFCON qualifier between Nigeria and Bafana Bafana.
Nigeria are the first defending champions since Egypt in 2012 who fail to qualify for the AFCON— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) November 19, 2014
Nigeria are the first defending champions since Egypt in 2012 who fail to qualify for the AFCON
South Africa were on the verge on making history after leading 2-0 courtesy of a Tokelo Rantie but Nigeria left it late as Sone Aluko matches Rantie's brace with another.
Nigeria were likeliest to score after several chances but Darren Keet and his defence were up for the challenge.
Keshi was reinstated as Nigeria's coach recently and now has to build for the next Nations Cup.
Shakes can rest assure that Bafana are unbeaten and have not to face the Super Eagles at the big event in Equatorial Guinea come January/February.
NIGERIA ARE OUT!
Congo beats Sudan 1-0 and are headed to Equatorial Guinea for the 2015 AFCON along with South Africa from Group A.
Nigeria 2-2 Bafana Bafana
65' Corner to Nigeria. Bafana clear to Onazi and he fires high over the crossbar.
After 65 minutes:
Nigeria 0-2 South Africa
Sudan 0-1 Congo
Still no goals both Group C games— CAF (@CAF_Online) November 19, 2014
After 65 minutes:
Nigeria 0-2 South Africa
Sudan 0-1 Congo
Still no goals both Group C games
Nigeria was the most likely of either teams to score but Bafana's Darren Keet made sure to hold Bafana in this encounter.
Bafana pouncing on the counter attack. All to play for in the second half.
Rantie's goal gives SA the lead at the perfect time.
Nigeria 0-1 Bafana
31' Solid tackle by Mathoho on Uche. Nigeria 0 - 0 South Africa #AFCON2015— Official PSL (@OfficialPSL) November 19, 2014
31' Solid tackle by Mathoho on Uche. Nigeria 0 - 0 South Africa #AFCON2015
Akwa Ibom fans asking for GOALS, yes the are. Nigeria need them right now as Sudan/Conga still 0-0.
Nigeria has a superior head-to-head statistics if were to come down to that.
27' Uche dribbles his way into the South African box, but he is quickly closed down and loses the ball.
South Afica being attacked all over the park. Looking to sit now.
First yellow of the match to Yeye for a tough tackle on Lawal #NigeriaBafana— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) November 19, 2014
First yellow of the match to Yeye for a tough tackle on Lawal #NigeriaBafana
It's all over. Nigeria battle from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw, but it will not be enough to see them qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Rantie with another great run forward and manages to get a shot away after shrugging off two defenders, but this time Enyeama makes the save.
Late drama as Nigeria get back on level terms, Aluko given a little time and space before firing home with his weaker foot. 2-2.
Bafana trying, and failing, to keep the possession to just see out the win here.
The fourth official indicates that there will be FIVE minutes added on at the end of the 90.
Musa lays the corner off to Onazi outside the box, he decides to go for goal from distance, but it's a rather easy save for Keet.
Keet rises highest to gather Musa's ball in from the corner.
Uche with a shot after showing some skill in the box, but Keet gets down well to make the stop.
Nigeria with another corner. It's taken short, Mikel fires off a shot from the edge of the box and forces Keet to parry it away, before the Bafana stopper scrambles to gather the ball.
Nigeria with another nearly moment as Samuel breaks into the box, but has his shot blocked before a cross is blocked for a corner. The set play comes to nothing.
Sekola receiving treatment for a knock to the head as he was fouled as Bafana looked to hit on the counter.
We're into the final 10 minutes, can Bafana hold on with Nigeria throwing everyone forward?
Nigeria piling on the pressure now, Bafana with everyone behind the ball.
Bafana break forward and Rantie is hacked down by Egwuekwe, who goes into the referee's book.
Nigeria throwing everything at South Africa now, knowing they need to goals to qualify for the 2015 AFCON.
Aaron Samuel comes on for Kenneth Omeruo.
Keet gathers the corner easily.
Musa breaks free on the wing and fires in a cross with a man waiting, but he puts a bit too much on it and it's over everyone.
Just before the sending off, Andile Jali replaced Masango.
Letsholonyane receives his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
Nigeria pull a goal back, Aluko slots home after Uche's initial effort cannoned back off the cross bar.
Mathoho booked for shirt-pulling.
Elsewhere, Congo have just taken the lead against Sudan, meaning Nigeria's chances of defending their AFCON title are fading.
Aluko with a good run at goal, but snatches at his shot from distance and flashes it well wide of the mark.
Corner for Nigeria, Musa swings it in, but Bafana get it clear after a scramble in the box.
Emenike with a free header on goal, but it's rather weak and straight at Keet, who gets down to gather easily.
Rantie is back on and fine to continue, but now Keet is receiving treatment after colliding with Mathoho, both look fine, though.
Lawal comes off to be replaced by Sone Aluko.
Rantie just stretchered off to receive treatment after taking a knock to the head.
Bafana double their lead, Rantie dispossesses the defender before taking the ball past Enyeama and slotting home into an empty net.
A failed clearance nearly lets Nigeria in, but Mikel snatches at the effort and Keet gathers easily.
And we're back underway...
That's it for the first half. South Africa started brightly, but Nigeria dominated for most of the half. But it is Bafana heading into the break with the 1-0 lead thanks to a moment of genius from Rantie.
Oupa Manyisa looks like he's taken a knock to the head, physios are on the treat the Pirates man.
Tokelo Rantie with a moment of genius out of nowhere. The Bournemouth striker picks up the ball on the wing and dribbles into the box, shrugging off Lawal and Egwuekwe, before curling home beautifully to open the scoring.
Sekola comes on for Erasmus.
The game has just settled into a lull, with little by way of goalmouth action.
Musa is flagged offside as he charged into the box, but replays show he was well onside there.
Nigeria all over South Africa here, Bafana struggling to even get a touch of the ball.
Keet, who was fine to continue, forced into an easy save from Uche from long range.
Letsholonyane receives the first booking for a strong challenge on Lawal.
After his heroics, Keet has gone down with what seems to be a shin problem and will require treatment.
The Bafana defence switch off again and this time Mikel finds himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper, again Keet does well to make the save.
Musa again, this time he goes one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but Keet does well to come of his line and make the save.
Musa proving to be a headache for South Africa, he charges into the box again and goes down as he tries to cut it back, but the referee is having none of it.
Corner for Nigeria after another good Musa move, but Mikel fires it over everyone in the box.
A great chance for Nigeria, Furman is dispossessed in midfield and Musa goes on a great run with just two defenders covering. However he can only crack his effort off the cross bar and South Africa can scramble clear.
Nigeria just about get the ball clear after it was played in to the Rantie at the near post. South Africa looking dangerous early on.
Rantie with a brilliant chance after shrugging of Omeruo, but fires over the bar when he perhaps should have laid it off to Erasmus for an easy tap in.
The corner comes to nothing and Nigeria have possession.
Bafana win the first corner of the game as Egwuekwe sees the ball out after Rantie failed to control in the box.
Bafana with a spell of possession early on...
Bafana get us under way for the first half playing from right to left.
We're just about ready for kick-off in Nigeria, enjoy the game.
Players out for the national anthems...
For South Africa, Bongani Ndulula misses out with the flu so Kermit Erasmus is handed a start in his stead.
For the Super Eagles, Kenneth Omeruo comes in for the suspended Godfrey Oboabona, while the injured Hope Akpan is replaced by Chukwu Lawal.
Keet, Khumalo, Ngcongca, Mathoho, Mashamaite, Furman, Letsholonyane, Manyisa, Masango, Erasmus, Rantie.
Enyeama, Efe, Omeruo, Egwuekwe, Oshaniwa, Onazi, Lawal, Mikel, Uche, Musa, Emenike.
The South Africans are also unbeaten in their five qualifying games thus far and held the Super Eagles to a 0-0 draw in Cape Town in September.
Bafana, meanwhile, confirmed their place at the tournament in Equatorial Guinea next year following their 2-1 win over Sudan on Saturday.
Three points against Bafana Bafana will see Stephen Keshi's side qualify for AFCON even if the Red Devils beat Sudan in their final group match, due to the fact that the Nigerians have a better head-to-head record in the two outings against the Congolese.
Nigeria need victory to guarantee their place at the tournament. The reigning African champions are tied with Congo on seven points, but are currently second in the pool courtesy of their superior goal difference.
Welcome to our live coverage of the final group A clash of the 2015 AFCON qualifying campaign between Nigeria and South Africa.
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