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Bafana beat Congo-Brazzaville 2-0

South Africa now top Group A on seven points, one ahead of Congo in second place.

FILE: Two early second half strikes by Bongani Ndulula and Tokelo Rantie saw South Africa bag 3 crucial points. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Bafana Bafana have beaten Congo-Brazzaville 2-0 in a brilliant second half display.

South Africa now top Group A on seven points, one ahead of Congo in second place.

After a somewhat lacklustre first half, two early second half strikes by Bongani Ndulula and Tokelo Rantie saw South Africa bag three crucial points in their quest to qualify for next year's AFCON in Morocco.

Ndulula's 52nd minute goal came after good interplay between him and Thulani Hlatshwayo, who flicked the ball on into Ndulula's path who side footed the ball past the Congolese keeper.

Bafana scored their second almost immediately, as Rantie pounced on a Congolese defensive mishap to give the visitors a valuable two goal cushion.

Bafana didn't sit back despite their lead and continued to play positively in search of more goals.

There were some standout performances by the Bafana players, particularly from young 17-year-old Ajax Cape Town central defender Rivaldo Coetzee who was flawless at the back on debut.

Senzo Meyiwa was once again brilliant in goal, thwarting a number of chances.

Congo thought they'd pulled one back late on, but the referee's assistant correctly ruled the goal offside.

Despite the excellent result, South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba will still have a few issues to address going forward.

Rantie scored on the day, he however had several good chances which he failed to finish or even make the keeper work.

On defence, Bafana looked frail when defending set pieces, allowing the Congolese some clear shots at goal from corners.

If it weren't for Congo's poor finishing, the score-line may have looked a different.

Bafana now head back to South Africa for a home tie against Congo in Polokwane on Wednesday night.