local soccer 5.7.2015 03:14 pm

Bafana set up Angola clash

Mandla Masango greets fans during the 2016 African Nations Championship match between South Africa and Mauritius. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Mandla Masango greets fans during the 2016 African Nations Championship match between South Africa and Mauritius. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Bafana Bafana cruised into the final round of qualifying for the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) with a 2-0 win over Mauritius on Sunday at Stade Anjalay.

The result secured a 5-0 aggregate win for Shakes Mashaba’s men, who will now face Angola over two legs in October for a place in the CHAN finals, which take place in Rwanda from January 16 to February 7 next year.

Mandla Masango opened the scoring for Bafana on Sunday, while Wandisile Letlabika scored his first goal for his country. Bafana started the game against Mauritius with just one change from the first leg, Lehlohonolo Nonyane coming in at left back in place of the injured Marc Van Heerden.

Gift Motupa was one of Bafana’s better players in Dobsonville, and he came close here with a free kick in the 14th minute that curled just wide of target. Mauritius had a chance when Fabien Pithia found space in the Bafana area, after a wayward headed clearance, but Pithia lashed his shot wide.

Thamsanqa Gabuza then sliced a shot wide before Musa Nyatama blasted a long range effort well over the bar. Just before the break, Gabuza went even closer, firing inches wide from the edge of he box. The second half endured a dull opening 15 or so minutes, before Percy Buckland put a shot wide for Mauritius.

In the 61st minute, Siphelele Ntshangase then clattered a shot off the angle of post and bar. Three minutes later, Pithia turned and curled an excellent effort just over the bar at the other end. Bafana finally scored in the 69th minute as Masango’s free kick deflected into the back of the net. And Bafana doubled their lead with seven minutes left as Letlabika burst into the box onto a lovely flick from Ndumiso Mabena to slot home.

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