Bafana Bafana firmly entrenched their sights for the Road to Morocco 2015 with a hard fought but deserved 2-0 victory over Congo Brazzaville at the intimidating Pointe Noire cauldron on Saturday afternoon.
Second half goals from Bongani Ndulula and a killer breakaway goal by Tokelo Rantie took Shakes Mashaba’s boys top of the standing with seven points.
It was a deserved win for the visitors who did most of the running in the first half and missed some gilt edged chances but finally came good in the second half.
First Ndulula outfoxed the Congolese defence in the second stanza with an overhead kick before moments later, Rantie scored a brilliant goal to silence the vociferous Congolese supporters.
The two teams meet again on Wednesday at Peter Mokaba stadium and another win for Bafana will all but seal a berth in the final scheduled for Morocco next January.
Even before they scored the two goals, Bafana Bafana had wasted some good chances in the first half in which they over elaborated inside the box instead of taking shots.
But some pep talk by coach Mashaba during the break seemed to have done some trick as the visitors came firing from all cylinders.
After taking the two goal lead, Bafana started to boss things around as the hushed Pointe Noire crowd was stunned into silence.
Mandla Masango and Rantie could have added late goals but the 2-0 win was full value of the day’s proceedings.
The Congolese tried to come back into the game but goalkeeper captain Senzo Meyiwa stood firm thwarting each and every raid of the hosts.
Bafana Bafana starting 11 vs Congo: Senzo Meyiwa (c), Thabo Matlaba, Eric Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Dean Furman, Andile Jali, Mandla Masango, Thulani Serero, Tokelo Rantie, Bongani Ndulula