BAFANA BAFANA REVIVES WORLD CUP HOPES

BAFANA Bafana revived their chances of qualifying for the 2018 Russia World Cup with a 3-1 victory over Burkina Faso at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Mamelodi Sundowns trio, Percy Tau, Themba Zwane and Sibusiso Vilakazi were on the score sheet for Bafana.

Tau opened the scoring for Stuart Baxter’s charges in the first minute with a flicked header.

Bafana were  well playing well attacking with Tau and Zwane being instrumental for South Africa. Zwane doubled the lead for Baxter’s side in the 32nd minute after being supplied in by Andile Jali.

Burkina Faso were not sitting back but offered Bafana countless opportunities on the counter-attacks.

Vilakazi scored the third goal for the hosts in the second minute of stoppage time with a low finish inside the box after an back-heel from Tau.

Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune denied Alain Traore at close range in the 55th minute before foiling the striker two minutes later again.

Bongani Zungu was given his marching orders in the 67th minute after he had an off-the-ball incident with Traore.

Traore reduced the deficit to 3-1 in the 87th minute with a stunning left-footed free-kick from 25 yards out that went into the top left corner, beating Khune.

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