Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Bafana's World Cup dream over after Senegal loss

Bafana's World Cup dream over after Senegal loss

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.

South Africans will again have to adopt another country to support in next year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, after Bafana Bafana were brushed aside 2-0 by Senegal at the Peter Mokaba stadium on Friday.

Bafana Bafana needed nothing but a win to keep their hopes of qualifying for Russian Federation 2018 alive, but first-half goal by Diafra Sakho and an own goal from Thamsanqa Mkhize dashed all hopes.

Senegal has qualified for the 2018 World Cup, and no one can say they aren't deserving.

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

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The other two slots will be filled Saturday with north African countries Tunisia and Morocco needing draws to qualify.

Aliou Cissé's men topped Group D of the African qualifiers with 11 points from five games to earn qualification, with one remaining game against South Africa to take place in Dakar.

South Africa goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune played with a protective white mask after fracturing a facial bone in a club match last weekend.

Completing South Africa's misery, it created more chances than Senegal in the replay but couldn't make them count, hitting the crossbar in the first half and forcing a slew of saves from Senegal goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye. At the center of FIFA's decision was a penalty given against Senegal for a non-existent handball that helped South Africa win 2-1 12 months ago.

Mane was again involved as Senegal doubled its lead before half-time, Khune saving the Liverpool forward's effort but seeing unlucky defender Thamsanqa Mkhize turn the rebound into his own goal. There was no involvement from the South Africa or Senegal teams.

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