HT Report: Bafana 0-2 Senegal

HT Report: Bafana 0-2 Senegal

HT Report: Bafana 0-2 Senegal

Senegal have marked a return to the World Cup after 16 years of absence after beating South Africa 2-0 away from home to book a ticket to Russian Federation 2018.

The only previous World Cup appearance by Senegal was in 2002 when current coach Aliou Cisse captained a team that reached the quarter-finals in South Korea and Japan.

South Africa knew they had to win their last two games to have any chance of making it to Russian Federation, but defeat in Polokwane ends their slim hopes of qualification.

Newsmen report that Diafra Sakho scored the opener for the visitors in Polokwane, before a somewhat fortuitous Thamsanqa Mkhize own goal sealed the three points for the Teranga Lions.

Win both games and Bafana will qualify for the World Cup.

"We are going to represent all of Africa in Russian Federation next year and will do our best to make everyone proud".

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Senegal is the third African nation to secure qualification to the world's most prestigious competition after Nigeria and Egypt who managed to accomplish the target. They were clearly the best team in CAF Group D, going undefeated over five games.

Itumeleng Khune will play at goalkeeper with a face mask as protection for the facial injury he sustained in Kaizer Chiefs' 1-0 Telkom Knockout win against Chippa United on Sunday.

Senegal took the lead after 12 minutes when Sakho raced on to a Mane pass and side-footed the ball to the right of onrushing Khune. I think he's a hell of a goalkeeper and the best user of the ball. Sadio Mané set up Diafra Sakho for a attractive first goal, and Mané was involved in the second as well.

Sakho broke clear and crossed to Mane, whose shot was blocked by Khune only for the clearance to hit Mkhize and trickled back into the net.

Seven minutes later, Manyama went close again, but N'Diaye tipped his free-kick over the bar to preserve the two-goal lead.

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