HT: Bafana 1 Ghana 0

Bafana Bafana started their final group C match against Ghana as they opened the scoring Mandla Masango.

FILE: Bafana Bafana midfielder Mandla Masango. Picture: Twitter @WillHillInPlay.

JOHANNESBURG - As they did in their first two games, Bafana Bafana started off the brighter of the two sides against Ghana, in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) campaign, as Mandla Masango struck a scorcher to put the South Africans ahead.

Shakes Mashaba's side were put under some early pressure but goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo and the defence had things under control.

It was a midfield battle for the better part of the half with Andile Jali the man to start things off in the heart of the pitch, resulting in Masango putting his right foot through the ball and into the back of the net.

In the other group c game in Malabo, Riyad Mahrez put the Algerians in the lead after some good interplay from the North Africans.

As things stand, Bafana and Ghana will still crash out of the group based on goal difference, which is in favour of Senegal.

Bafana have to win tonight and also hope that Senegal beat Algeria to ensure passage into the next round.