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Friday, January 23, 2015

Africa Cup on Nations: It’s Win or Bust for Bafana and Ghana’s Black Stars

South Africa's Thulani Serero. The Bafana Bafana will need to be up on their feet full time to avoid crashing out of AFCON
Pre-tournament favorites, Ghana and South Africa could be saying goodbye to the Africa Cup of Nations should they fail to get results against Algeria and Senegal respectively.

Both teams are on the verge of exiting the competition at its infant stage having both surrendered leads in their opening matches. South Africa conceded three goals in 15 minutes in their 3-1 defeat to Algeria having taken the lead six minutes after the interval.

Ghana surged ahead of Senegal with an Andre Ayew first half penalty but the Teranga Lions drew level through Mame Diouf before Fenerbahce attacker Moussa Sow completed the comeback with a last minute goal in a 2-1 win.

The defeats mean both teams must avoid a repeat of the same if they are to keep their hopes alive although getting a draw would spice up things further heading into the final group stage matches.

South Africa’s job looks tougher given Senegal’s recent form which has seen them lose only once in their last 14 matches in all competitions. Allain Giresse’s side have won all their last five matches keeping three clean sheets in the process and with a dangerous frontline headed by Diouf, Sow and Papiss Cisse, the Bafana defence will need to concentrate for 90 minutes.

Ephraim Mashaba’s South Africa created enough chances against Algeria and they could have claimed an easy victory but decadence in front of goal put paid to their hopes. It will be a contrasting game as far as player composition is concerned with all of Senegal’s 23-man squad plying their trade abroad while South Africa has 18 out of their 23 playing in the domestic league.

Top-ranked African team Algeria, will enter the quarterfinals if they beat Ghana.

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