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Bafana dump Nigeria out of Afcon 2015

Two goals from Tokelo Rantie saw Bafana hold Nigeria to a 2-all draw and knock the Super Eagles out of Afcon.

Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Two goals, one in either half, from Bafana Bafana striker Tokelo Rantie saw South Africa earn a 2-2 draw against Nigeria in their 2015 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier in Uyo, Nigeria, on Wednesday.

South Africa had already qualified for the finals following their victory over Sudan in Durban over the weekend but Nigeria, reigning Afcon champions, had to win to ensure their spot at the continental showpiece.

In group A's other game Congo beat Sudan 1-0 to end Nigeria's chances.

After spurning a gilt-edged chance in the opening minutes of the match Rantie scored an excellent opener largely against the run of play.

Beating the defence on the left he shot high past Vincent Enyeama in the Nigeria goal. That saw South Africa lead 1-nil at the break.

Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba's side then stunned the hosts as Rantie scored a second time.

The AFC Bournemouth man caused havoc with the Nigeria defence on the edge of the box to shoot low past the goalkeeper to increase their lead.

Mashaba looked as if he could scarcely believe his luck as his side looked set for a famous victory.

But Nigeria, with their campaign in tatters, came roaring back assisted by the sending off of Bafana midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane for a second bookable offence.

Sone Aluko scored twice, including in the final minutes of stoppage time, to deny Bafana a victory but ultimately it wasn't enough as Stephen Keshi's side were dumped out of the competition missing out on a place in Equatorial Guinea next year.