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Bafana Bafana: Where to from here?

The SA team was sent crashing out of the 2015 African Cup of Nations in a 2-1 loss to Ghana last night.

Bafana Bafana during their Afcon clash with Ghana on 27 January 2015. Picture: Twitter @CAF _Online.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana will be heading back to South Africa this week, with coach Shakes Mashaba likely to face questions over a number of controversial selections and the team's ability to perform under pressure.

Mashaba's team was beaten 2-1 by Ghana in their final African Cup of Nation group match in Equatorial Guinea last night. The defeat sent Bafana crashing out of the tournament with only one point.

The South Africans took the lead in the 17th minute through a Mandla Masango strike, but for the third match in a row they allowed the opposition to build momentum in the second half.

Mashaba's men kept the Ghanaians at bay for much of first the half but they couldn't fight off their opponents in the final 45 minutes.

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 levelled matters 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, André Ayew shattered all hopes for Bafana as he headed home the second, and winning, goal for the four-time African champions.

Meanwhile, Algeria put Senegal to the sword in the other Group C match 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 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.

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