Bafana Bafana Hold Eagles In Cape Town

Nigeria’s Super Eagles again failed to live up to their status as African champions when they forced a goalless draw against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations second qualifying match in Cape Town on Wednesday.
The Eagles, who began the campaign with a disappointing 2-3 loss to Congo in Calabar last Saturday, played an average game as Coach Stephen Keshi’s tactics failed to beat a determined South African side.
The hosts showed they were out to get something from the match right from blast of the whistle, but their fluid play did not produce any goal, giving goalkeeper Austin Ejide a breather, after he conceded three goals to the Congolese side in their previous match.
Chelsea of England midfielder, John Obi Mikel and Lazio’s Ogenyi Onazi played their hearts out but they could not connect through passes to strikers Emmanuel Emenike, Gbolahan Salami and Ahmed Musa who hardly tried the South African goalkeeper.
The Coach Ephraim Mashaba-led Bafana side had a chance to score when Oupa Manyisa tried to beat Ejide but defender Ambrose Efe saved Nigeria with a good clearance.
Salami was the only one who came close to scoring in the first half, but his effort fell through.
From the South African side, Jali Andile set up Manyisa in the quarter hour mark but the latter lost possession.
The Eagles tried to force their way through on several occasions but only got a few corner kicks which the South Africans perfectly curtailed.
The first half did not produce any goal from both sides and the two teams still fired blank throughout the second half.
Having shared a point at piece with Nigeria, the Bafana Bafana are second with four points behind Group A leaders, Congo Brazaville who defeated Sudan 2-0 same day to garner maximum six points from two matches.
The Nigerian team are third with just a point, while Sudan are yet to earn a point in the group.


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