Bafana crash out of Afcon
Bafana Bafana crashed out of the 2015 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) after losing 2-1 to Ghana.
JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana have been sent crashing out of the 2015 African Cup of Nations (Afcon), after losing 2-1 to Ghana.
Two goals from Ghana in the second half eclipsed a Mandla Masango first half goal as they finished at the bottom of Group C.
In the other game, Algeria put 2 goals past Senegal as they qualified for the quarter finals as runners up to Ghana.
Bafana started off positively in the first half as they absorbed the early pressure from Ghana and were rewarded with a beautiful goal from Masango in the 17th minute.
Coach Shakes Mashaba's men kept the Ghanaians at bay for the remainder of the half as they took the lead into the half time break.
The West Africans came back a rejuvenated side in the second stanza as they launched wave after wave of attack, putting the Bafana defence under immense pressure.
The Ghanaians would be duly rewarded for their unrelenting attack as John Boye put drew them level in the 73rd minute after the South African defence was caught napping.
Bafana attempted to repel the Black Stars assault but struggled to string together meaningful passes, resulting in consistent turnovers of the ball in Ghana's favour.
With 10 minutes to go to the final whistle, Andre Ayew shattered all hopes for Bafana as he headed home the second and winning goal for the four-time African champions.
Algeria put Senegal to the sword in the other Group C as they humbled them with a goal in each half.
Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring for the North Africans in the first half and despite the Lions of Teranga playing some enterprising football, an equalizer kept eluding them.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb put the final nail on the Senegalese coffin as he fired home a second goal to see the Algerians through to the quarter finals in comfortable fashion.
Ghana qualified for the last eight top of the group followed by Algeria, while Senegal finished third on three points with South Africa at the foot of the table on one.