Bafana bow out of AFCON 2015

Two second-half goals by John Boye and Andrew Ayew gave the Black Stars of Ghana a deserved 2-1 victory over South Africa to book their spot in the quarterfinals of the 2015 CAF African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

 

Although Bafana came to this tie looking for a win, both sides started the match in a hurry and slipped as the pitch was wet, but it was Avram Grant’s men who appealed for a penalty in the 14th minute after the ball struck Dean Furman’s face in the box, however, the referee waved play on.

 

Two minutes later, the Black Stars attacked the left-hand side of South Africa, but the cross was easily collected by Brilliant Khuzwayo.

 

In the 17th minute, Mandla Masango smashed a powerful volley which gave goalkeeper, Braimah Razak no chance to give Bafana the deserved lead, 1-0.

 

After the goal, Ghana put Bafana under pressure as they probed for an equaliser, however, Erick Mathoho and co were outstanding at the back.

 

Just after the half-hour mark, a 24-yard shot by Baba Rahman was brilliantly saved by Khuzwayo.

 

Bafana went to the tunnel leading the Black Stars by a solitary goal, however, upon their return Ghana skipper, Gyan showed his intentions as early as the second-half when he fired a powerful shot from a set-piece inches over the bar.

 

After their dominance in the second-half, Ghana managed to get an equaliser in the 73rd minute when John Boye scored following a bit of a scramble in the box before he coolly finished with a low strike beating Khuzwayo on his left corner.

 

With less than 10 minutes to go, Andrew Ayew met Rahman’s beautiful cross from the left flank, heading home to give Ghana the lead.

 

In the 87th minute, Mashaba threw bodies forward in search of an equaliser but substitute Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s shot from a distance was blocked.

 

Bafana tried all they could but Ghana was too strong for them and the loss means their instant exit from the 30th edition of Afcon as the Black Stars and Algeria are going through to the quarterfinals.

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