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Hard-earned point for Bafana against Nigeria

Dean Furman and Andile Jali were outstanding for the home team.

FILE: Shakes Mashaba said it was an evenly balanced game, but that Bafana should have sealed it. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - A hard-earned point for Bafana Bafana against the African champions Nigeria on Wednesday night despite a slow start to the second half.

There were a few chances but both teams defences were at the ready when a goal scoring opportunity was created.

Dean Furman and Andile Jali were outstanding for the home team.

Furman was all over the park for Bafana and bossed proceedings.

A good defensive combination between Eric Mathoho and keeper Senzo Meyiwa made sure they kept the Nigerian attack at bay at the 80th minute.

But it was Bafana that had the best chance of the match as Tokelo Rantie made a good run only to shoot the ball into keeper Austin Ejide's hands.

There were two follow up opportunities for a goal but there was no luck.

Despite South Africa controlling the game in the final 10 minutes, no one could find the back of the net.

Man of the match is Andile Jali, not forgetting Mathoho's save off the line.

Jali: "Thank you to the Cape Town fans who have come out tonight, we knew that if the stadium was full we could play the way the fans wanted us to play."

"We knew we just needed to turn them and Nigerians don't like to run and we played according to our skills."

Shakes Mashaba: "It was an evenly balanced game. In the last 10 minutes we should've sealed it as they were tired and couldn't match our pace."

Group A: Congo has 6 points, Bafana Bafana - 4 points, Nigeria - 1 and Sudan at 0.

For a play-by-play of the game, go to EWN's Bafana vs Nigeria live blog.

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