Bafana's winning streak ends

Bafana Bafana were beaten 3-1 by Algeria in their opening match of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Algerian striker Islam Slimani during the Bafana Bafana versus Algeria 2015 Afcon match. Picture: Twitter @FIFAcom.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana's 10 match unbeaten streak under coach Shakes Mashaba was brought to a crushing end, as they were beaten 3-1 by Algeria, in their opening match of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Shakes Mashaba's side stunned the Algerian defence for most of the first half but couldn't convert their chances as they went into the half time break deadlocked at 0-0.

Bafana came out a more ferocious side in the second stanza and in the 51st minute, Thuso Phala broke the deadlock, converting a nifty one-two between Tokelo Rantie and Sibusiso Vilakazi.

The 1996 African champions were gifted with a penalty three minutes later but Rantie blasted it into the crossbar.

That would spark the resurgence of the Desert Foxes as they drew level in the 67th minute through an own goal from Thulani Hlatshwayo.

The South Africans were turned inside-out by Faozi Ghoulam who pulled off a sublime solo effort down the left, finishing it off with a rocket of a shot past Darren Keet.

Slimani sealed it for Africa's top ranked side after his shot from outside the box squeezed under Keet's body.

It was a disappointing loss for the inexperienced Bafana side that will now have to pick themselves up charge into their clash against Senegal who snatched a last minute win against Ghana in the earlier match.

In that other Group C match, Moussa Sow fired in a late winner after Mame Diouf canceled out Andre Ayew's first half goal for Ghana.

That match ended 2-1 to Senegal.

Group C matches return on Friday January in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea.