BAFANA Bafana dominated their friendly international against 2013 Africa Cup of Nations champions Nigeria but were left to rue missed chances yet again when they walked off the Mbombela Stadium pitch in Nelspruit yesterday.
Russian-based winger Ahmed Musa thought he had sealed another win for Nigeria over South Africa when he scored five minutes from time, but his goal was cancelled out in stoppage time by Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Bongani Zungu for Bafana to draw the game 1-1.
Bafana had a penalty long before Musa’s strike, one of many chances they had to take the lead, but the spot kick, casually taken by Pirate Andile Jali on the hour mark was saved.
So the search for a reliable penalty taker continues.
The Super Eagles made a bright start and camped in the Bafana half, although they did not test goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.
After the first 20 minutes on the ropes, Bafana started passing the ball around comfortably as midfielders Jali, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Zungu and Thulani Serero combined to create opportunities.
Serero was enjoying himself on the right wing, using his skills and deft touches to beat the Nigerian defenders.
The Ajax Amsterdam midfielder played a key role in one of Bafana’s glorious opportunities in the first half, combining with Zungu before the ball fell to striker Tokelo Rantie, whose shot in the box was blocked by Nigeria’s Aderemi Balogun.
Serero continued to make a nuisance of himself in the second half and also won the penalty which Jali missed.
Bafana learnt the hard way.