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SA back on track, Nigeria win

Joseph Yobo
Joseph Yobo scored Nigeria's goal in the 89th minute

South Africa put their challenge for a place at the 2010 African Cup of Nations back on track with a comfortable 4-1 win over Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.

Two first-half goals helped Bafana Bafana to secure the victory in Group 4 of the 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Pretoria.

Kagisho Dikgacoi put South Africa in the lead in the 10th minute before Surprise Moriri's strike on 34 minutes extended their advantage.

Thembinkosi Fanteni looked to have sealed an emphatic win with his goal on the hour mark but Juvenal pulled one back from the penalty with 14 minutes remaining.

Bafana Bafana then made sure of victory when Dikgacoi bagged his second of the game in injury time.

As hosts of the 2010 World Cup South Africa qualify for the tournament automatically but still need to go through qualifying to reach the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola in the same year.

In Saturday's other Group 4 game, visiting Nigeria needed a late goal to beat Sierra Leone 1-0 and extended their lead at the top of the group.

Defender Joseph Yobo scored with only one minute remaining to snatch the victory in Freetown.

Yobo applied the finishing touch in a goalmouth melee to hand the Super Eagles the win.

Nigeria, who twice saw their hosts hit the woodwork, beat South Africa 2-0 last Sunday in their opening qualifier.

The Super Eagles are top of the group with maximum six points while Leone Stars are firmly rooted to the bottom with no points.

Sierra Leone's next qualifier is at home to South Africa while Equatorial Guinea play host to Nigeria on the weekend of 14-15 June.


see also
Nigeria beat South Africa
01 Jun 08 |  African
2010 World Cup Qualifiers
31 May 08 |  African


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