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HT: Bafana 1 Nigeria 0

Tokelo Rantie made up for an early miss by scoring an excellent goal to give Bafana Bafana a 1-0 lead.

FILE: Bafana Bafana train ahead of their Afcon game qualifier against Nigeria, 18 November 2014. Picture: Twitter @BafanaBafana.

JOHANNESBURG - Tokelo Rantie made up for an early miss by scoring an excellent goal to give Group A leaders, South Africa, a 1-0 lead in their AFCON qualifier in Uyo, Nigeria.

The hosts had the better of the half with Darren Keet in the Bafana goal outstanding, twice denying the dangerous Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa in one-on-one situations.

That saw Shakes Mashaba's dream run continue as Rantie, the AFC Bournemouth man, beat the Nigerian defence down the left before hammering home high, past Vincent Enyeama in goal.

Bongani Ndulula was ruled out just before the game replaced by Kermit Erasmus, he only lasted 39 minutes though before being replaced by Moeketsi Sekola.

South African has already qualified for the finals in Equatorial Guinea in January while Nigeria, the reigning African champions, need to win to book their spot.

In the Group's other game it was goalless at half-time between Sudan and the Congo.