Cape Town - Bafana Bafana enjoyed their fair share of good fortune as
they held on to a 0-0 draw with an impressive Libya in Saturday's Group E AFCON
qualifier at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
As it happened: Bafana 0-0 Libya
Libya enjoyed the better of the chances throughout the 90
minutes and were unfortunate not to lead at half-time.
Bafana did create some opportunities to score although they
lacked authority in their attacking play and it ended 0-0 in Durban.
The away side had the better of the chances in the final
third during the first half, though Dean Furman came close to handing Bafana
the lead in the opening exchanges.
After stealing possession just in front of Libya's penalty
area he sent a delightful lob just over the visiting goalkeeper, that bounced
on to the top of the net.
Nonetheless, the Mediterranean Knights gained the momentum
as a cross from the left found Al-Shadi on the right, however, he saw his
strike saved well by Itumeleng Khune at his near post.
The North Africans were incredibly close to taking the
advantage as a superb driven cross from the left found commanding striker Abdul
Salam, but his strike went over Khune and hit the post.
It was virtually one-way traffic in terms of goal-mouth
action as Ali Mohamed unleashed a 30-yard screamer which Khune had to be sharp
to save to his left.
Towards the end of the first stanza, Percy Tau engineered a
chance as he picked up the ball in the box before spinning smartly and firing a
shot which the keeper easily gathered.
After the interval, Bradley Grobler was brought on for the
ineffective Vincent Pule though he managed little impact in the second 45
The hosts came close to an opening goal soon after in the
second period as Buhle Mkhwanazi headed over.
Towards the end of the half Khune nearly produced a howler
which allowed Mohamed a chance to strike, but the defence were able to scramble
back and clear.
The quiet Keagan Dolly nearly scored the winner late on
although he saw his right-footed strike sail over after cutting inside his man
on the left-hand side.