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Bafana Last Minute Equaliser Denies S’Eagles Victory In Nelspruit

Bafana Bafana of South Africa 93rd minute equaliser denied Super Eagles victory in an international friendly at Nelspruit on Sunday.

Eagles, which lost to Uganda 1-0 in Uyo on Wednesday look set to notch victory with Ahmed Musa 85th minute goal, but Bongani Zungu’s injury-time strike rescued a 1-1 draw for the hosts.

Sunday’s draw was the third between both teams in their last 12 meetings in all competitions.

Bafana Bafana dominated most of the game with Andile Jali denied from the spot by Vincent Enyeama’s replacement Daniel Akpeyi.

Ahmed Musa looked to have provided the sucker punch with five minutes remaining, but Zungu popped up with virtually the last kick of the game to earn a draw for the home side.

Aaron Samuel forced Itumeleng Khune into an early save. The burly forward dusted himself off after being fouled by Erick Mathoho before firing his left-footed free-kick from 25 yards straight at the South African stopper who was up to the task.

The hosts conjured up their first chance with six minutes on the clock. A well worked one-two between Bongani Zungu and Thulani Hlatshwayo culminated in a first time effort by the Sundowns man who was denied by a leaping Akpeyi in the Nigerian goals.

Nigeria enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the opening half-hour, but South Africa looked dangerous on the counter with Thulani Serero, Tokelo Rantie and Sibusiso Vilakazi linking up well. The latter saw his header attempt following a swift move fly wide in the 22nd minute.

Leon Balogun produced a superb block to deny Rantie three minutes later. The Bournemouth striker found himself with a sight at goal, but the Super Eagles defender was at the right place at the right time to deny the Bafana Bafana speedster.

 

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