The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Bafana Bafana of South Africa played out a goalless draw in Wednesday night’s Group A 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Cape Town Stadium
The other match in the group had Congo defeat Sudan earlier in the day thereby going to the top of the group with maximum six points from two games. South Africa is now second on the log with four points after one win and a draw. Nigeria is third with one point from yesterday’s game after losing their first game to Congo over the weekend. Sudan has lost both games and are last on the table with zero point.
South African coach, Shakes Mashaba made two changes from the side which beat Sudan 3-0 on Friday as Sibusiso Vilakazi and Oupa Manyisa replaced Keagan Dolly and Tokelo Rantie in the starting line up.
Nigerian coach, Stephen Keshi also made changes to his side that lost to Congo as Nosa Igiebor, Emmanuel Emenike and Gbolahan Salami were brought in as replacements for Uche Nwofor, Ramon Azeez and Nnamdi Oduamadi.
Nigeria and a young South African team went at each other throughout the encounter with the home team looking slightly more purposeful than the visitors. The inability of both sides to convert their chances into goals left us with a very entertaining goalless draw which the home team will be happier with.
The European based players are expected to fly back to their bases today as clubs in Europe return to domestic action this weekend.
South Africa 0
South Africa: Meyiwa, Ngcongca, Hlatshwayo, Mathoho, Matlaba, Jali, Furman, Masango (Zwane 82’), Vilakazi, Manyisa, Ndulula (Rantie 46’)
Nigeria: Ejide, Echiejile, Ambrose, Omeruo, Oboabona, Onazi, Mikel, Igiebor (Aluko 71’), Musa, Salami (Osagona 63’), Emenike