Senegal beat South Africa to qualify for World Cup

File Itumeleng Khune of South Africa during a training session at Peter Mokaba Stadium Polokwane. Credit BackpagePix

File Itumeleng Khune of South Africa during a training session at Peter Mokaba Stadium Polokwane. Credit BackpagePix

Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker feels that with Itumeleng Khune in goal, South Africa have the beating of Senegal in the 2018 Soccer World Cup qualifier.

Burkina Faso now occupy second place on six points, while Cape Verde, also on six points, are third.

The only previous World Cup appearance by Senegal was in 2002 when current coach Aliou Cisse captained a team that reached the quarter-finals in South Korea and Japan.

The game, which held at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, was a replay between the two countries after their first meeting which South Africa won 2-1 on November 12, 2016.

Nigeria and Egypt are the other two African nations to have already earned a spot at the 2018 World Cup, with the draw set to take place on December 1.

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Baxter, addressing reporters shortly after his team suffered a 2-0 deficit in the hands of Senegal, which ended their World Cup hopes, said both the Super Eagles and the Taranga Lions are inferior to his side.

"We are going to represent all of Africa in Russian Federation next year and will do our best to make everyone proud".

The visitors are now five points ahead of nearest Group D challengers Burkina Faso with one game remaining.

However, leading up to the game, the South African camp has been hit with a series of suspension and injury problems, including Khune, who fractured a bone in his face in a Telkom Knockout match last weekend.

Goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye failed to grasp a fierce close-range Themba Zwane shot, but recovered to catch the rebound after the ball struck the onrushing Percy Tau. Sadio Mané played Sakho through on goal with a defence-splitting pass and the West Ham striker slotted the ball past Khune. Khune's outstretched leg denied the Liverpool frontman, but the ball ricocheted off Mkhize and into the net.

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