Favourites Algeria end Mashaba’s unbeaten streak with easy 3-1 win.
Algeria arrived at the Africa Cup of Nations as favourites and showed why last night when they outclassed Bafana Bafana at the Mongomo Stadium in Equatorial Guinea.
The first half was tense for the rest of South Africa, but seemed comfortable for coach Shakes Mashaba’s men, who could not finish their chances – until they finally put one away after the break.
But the Algerians, who caught everyone’s eye at the World Cup in Brazil last year, clawed their way back to win the encounter 3-1, ending Mashaba’s 10-game unbeaten record since taking over last August.
Both teams put on better displays in the second half. With the pace of the game picking up, Thuso Phala broke the deadlock in the 51st minute after good passing play from Bafana in the build-up.
South Africa could have killed the game when they were awarded a penalty soon after Phala scored. You would have had no choice but to put your money on Tokelo Rantie – top scorer during the qualifiers – rattling ball into the net.
But the speedster hit the woodwork even though he had managed to send Rais Mbolhi the wrong way.
– Mazola Molefe
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