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Mauritania Beats South Africa 3-1 in 2017 AFCON Qualifier

Mauritania shocked 10-man South Africa 3-1 in the 2017 Afcon qualifier match played at Complexe Olympique de Nouakchott on Saturday night

Mauritania and South Africa were both looking for their first 2017 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier Group M victory when they clashed on Saturday.


South African Itumeleng Khune gifted Mauritania a fifth-minute lead after scoring an own goal from a clearing mistake.

Mauritania played full of confidence buoyed by their early lead and  put Bafana Bafana under pressure from the first whistle.

South Africa never lost hope as they launched several attacks, before restoring parity in the 69th minute through Thamsanqa Gabuza.

The Orlando Pirates striker beat his marker in the air, and headed home from an Anele Ngcongca cross.

Bafana's joy was short-lived as Baboucar Beyguili restored Mauritania's lead when he dribbled past Erick Mathoho and beat Khune with a low strike in the 80th minute.

Khalil Ahmed sealed Mauritania's victory in the 86th minute. The attacker dribbled past five Bafana defenders before placing the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-1.

Ultimately, the home side managed to hold on to their lead, and recorded a famous 3-1 victory over South Africa.

Bafana XI: Khune (c), Ngcongca, Zulu (Sent off 50'), Coetzee, Mathoho, Furman (Zungu 63'), Jali, Serero, Masango (Vilakazi 87'), Gabuza, Rantie (Mashaba 53')

Substitutes: Mabokgwane, Mashaba, Daniels, Makola, Patosi, Vilakazi, Zungu

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