Senegal is the third African nation to secure a ticket to Russian Federation

Senegal is the third African nation to secure a ticket to Russian Federation

Senegal is the third African nation to secure a ticket to Russian Federation

The Terenga Lions of Senegal have qualified for the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup, this was the team's second-ever World Cup on Friday after a 2-0 win over South Africa.

The Téranga Lions dominated the Bafana Bafana with two goals from Diafara Sakho, in the 12th minute and Thamsanqa Mkhize against his own goal after a duel with Sadio Mané. Victory gave Senegal an uncatchable five-point lead over Burkina Faso and Cape Verde in Group D with one round left.

Senegal were looking to secure their place at next summer's World Cup during the global break with Mane playing a starring role in their attack.

The victory gives Senegal an insurmountable five-point lead atop CAF qualifying Group D, ensuring their place in Russian Federation alongside already-qualified Egypt and Nigeria.

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The match was a replay of the original November 2016 fixture that was won 2-1 by South Africa, a result that was later annulled by Federation Internationale de Football Association after Ghana referee Joseph Lamptey was found guilty of manipulating the result of the match. Senegal joins Nigeria and Egypt who have already qualified. The other two slots will be filled Saturday with north African countries Tunisia and Morocco needing draws to qualify.

South Africa goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune played with a protective white mask after fracturing a facial bone in a club match last weekend.

The home side might have equalised midway through the first half when Themba Zwane's shot was only parried by Senegal keeper Khadim N'Diaye, and Percy Tau turned home the rebound.

As half-time approached, Manyama went close again to scoring, this time from a free-kick that Ndiaye tipped over.

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