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Shakes Mashaba delighted at Bafana's Afcon qualification

The national team qualifies for Afcon 2015 following a 2-1 win over Sudan on Saturday.

South African supporters hold a portrait of murdered Bafana Bafana captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa during the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifying football match South Africa vs Sudan, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, on November 15, 2014. AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana have qualified for the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

The team booked its spot in the continental showpiece following a 2-1 win over Sudan at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, thanks to goals from Thulani Serero and Tokelo Rantie.

Bafana Bafana head coach, Shakes Mashaba says he's delighted with his team's performance and that they deserve to be in the Africa Cup of Nations.

After an emotional few weeks following the death ofSenzo Meyiwa and a lot of technical issues to deal with on the pitch, Mashaba says he's pleased that the team executed what was practiced in training.

"The biggest problem is scoring goals. When we lose the ball, we struggle to get it back."

Bafana next head to Nigeria for their final group game and while the match is essentially a dead rubber with regards to qualification, it will still determine whether or not South Africa finish on top of their group.

WATCH: Bafana Bafana does it for Senzo

Meanwhile, questions were asked around a replacement for Meyiwa.

Mashaba selected 25-year-old Darren Keet, who is currently playing football in Belgium.

Mashaba was full of praise of the country's latest shot stopper.

"Darren Keet did very well. Even the goal that was scored, we couldn't blame him for that."

And Dean Furman, who put in an outstanding performance in the centre of the field, says the time for excuses has ended.

"We know that in the past we haven't quite gotten there, so we're delighted that we got the three points, it keeps us on top of our group and we know that we're going to the Afcon finals. Some of the football that we played was excellent."

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