São Tomé and Príncipe vs Bafana Bafana 2022 AFCON qualifier match report


Bafana Bafana completed the double over Sao Tome and Príncipe as they registered a 4-2 victory at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Sao Tome started the game on the front foot as they opened the scoring through captain Joazhifel Sousa Pontes, who won himself a free header at the near-post to steer the ball beyond Ronwen Williams in the 12th minute.

Bafana eventually began to realise they were still playing on their own turf as Bongani Zungu combined well with Dean Furman, who neatly played Thema Zwane through on goal, with the reigning PSL footballer of the season coolly slotting into the net from inside the area.

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The two sides went into the half-time break at 1-1, with no changes effected at the start of the second stanza, though the 'visitors' started on a brighter note.

Lebogang Manyama could have handed his team the lead in the 49th minute but saw his effort strike the post after being teed up by Zwane.

Percy Tau then made no mistake as he placed the ball beyond goalkeeper Adaim Gamboa to hand Bafana the lead in the 69th minute.

Sao Tome responded just five minutes later through Harramiz Soares, who equalised for the "home" team, but 'Mshishi' restored parity with under three minutes left on the clock to bag his brace.

Tau ensured Bafana take all three points for the second successive time as he too grabbed his third goal of the campaign to ensure a respectable win for Molefi Ntseki's side.

South Africa are now level on point with Group C leaders Ghana, who have a game in hand against Sudan on Tuesday afternoon.