Senegal Books Ticket to World Cup Russia

Lynette Rowe
November 13, 2017

Bafana Bafana have touched down in Senegal ahead of their final 2018 World Cup qualifier, with Stuart Baxter hoping to end on a win despite the disappointment of not reached the finals. Victory gave Senegal an uncatchable five-point lead over Burkina Faso and Cape Verde in Group D with one round left.

Meanwhile with the other Hammer involved in a significant World Cup qualifying match, New Zealand captain Winston Reid put on another display of valiant, steady defending for his nation, as the Kiwis and Peru finished 0-0 in a scrappy, mostly boring first leg draw.

The match was a replay of the original November 2016 fixture that was won 2-1 by South Africa, a result that was later annulled by Federation Internationale de Football Association after Ghana referee Joseph Lamptey was found guilty of manipulating the result of the match. Senegal are the third African qualifiers for the World Cup in Russian Federation after Nigeria and Egypt, who secured places during the penultimate qualifying round last month. On Saturday; Tunisia could qualify if they secure a point against Libya, whiles Morocco and Ivory Coast play for the fifth and final slot same day. "We are going to represent all of Africa in Russian Federation next year and will do our best to make everyone proud".

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After a bright opening from the hosts, it was an incisive piece of passing that put Senegal in the lead on 12 minutes.

South Africa came even close soon after when Lebogang Manyama swept a low cross against the crossbar and Senegal hastily cleared the loose ball.

Sakho broke clear and crossed to Mane, whose shot was blocked by Khune only for the clearance to hit Mkhize and trickled back into the net.

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