Sunday 21 January 2018

Bafana revive last-eight hopes

Africa Cup of nations

South Africa scored in each half to beat Angola 2-0, giving the host nation huge relief and reviving Bafana Bafana's chances of making the quarter-finals.

Siyabonga Sangweni netted with a volley in the 30th minute, easing the crushing pressure on coach Gordon Igesund and his team.

Substitute Lehlohonolo Majoro then sneaked a shot through Angola 'keeper Lama's legs in the 62nd minute in the Group A game at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

"The guys stood up and were counted today, every single one of them," Igesund said.

"I told them, if they don't want to believe in themselves, I believe in what they're doing.

"Today I took a big risk. I played with almost five strikers."

Meanwhile, Cape Verde pulled off its second surprising result of the tournament and did South Africa a big favour, holding Morocco to 1-1 at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Although Cape Verde were unable to hold onto the lead provided by a 36th-minute goal from Luis Soares, a second draw was another stunner by a team from a tiny island nation with a population of just half a million.

Youssef El Arabi spared some of Morocco's blushes when he turned in Abdelaziz Barrada's cutback.

Irish Independent

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