South Africa and Nigeria played out to a goalless draw in their Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifier at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday. The hosts had an early chance to take the lead through Oupa Manyisa who latched on to a Bongani Ndulula pass but could only smash his shot into the opposition’s player. Bafana Bafana had a penalty shout turned down not long after they believed that Eric Mathoho’s free kick had hit the hand of one of the Nigerian players in the box.
The Super Eagles were finding their feet when Ahmed Musa found himself in some space in the penalty area however he was denied by a good tackle from Anele Ngcongca as the sides went into the half-time break level at 0-0. In the second, the game came to life as both sides pressed for goals. Both teams had chances to go ahead but were unable to convert them as either defence stood firm.
However it was the men from the Rainbow Nation that looked most likely to score in a wave of attacks close to the end of play when they were able to string together some decent chances. The best chance came from Tokelo Rantie who beat the offside trap and was in on goal but was unable to beat Austin Ejide. But the visitors were not going to be outdone as they had a Musa chance saved off the line by Mathoho as the sides shared the points with the game ending 0-0.
Earlier Congo defeated Sudan 2-0 to move to the top of Group A on six points, South Africa are on four, Nigeria one and the Sudanese pointless after two games. Shakes Mashaba’s men next travel to face the Congolese on 10 or 11 October.