Bafana Bafana was desperate to get a win in Group M, or at least to avoid defeat and hope for two of the best second spots in the Afcon qualifiers.
Shakes Mashaba’s SA has been known as a dangerous team away from home and gave Cameroon all sorts of problems.
Bournemouth striker Tokelo Rantie justified his selection continuing his rich vein of form for Mashaba, by opening the scoring for Bafana in the 17th minute. Picking up a clean through ball by Andile Jali, he then side-stepped the keeper and slotted the ball into an open net coolly.
Itu Khune did well in goal for some half chances but the hosts didn’t impress. However Sebastien Siani levelled the scores at the death of the half with an outstanding volley from outside the box.
It was turning into a game of great goals and five minutes into the second half, Mamelodi Sundowns Hlompho Kekana scored what is probably the best ever goal by a South African. He chipped the keeper from well inside his own half!
Mandla Masango should’ve made it 3-2 in the 59th minute, and Rantie himself had a good chance earlier, so SA were made to pay for these misses.
Seven minutes after the hour, Nicolas Nkoulou scored a soft equalizer, heading in from a free-kick cross, which Khune probably should’ve come forward for, but stayed routed.
Cameroon could’ve won the game in the dying minutes when Thulani Hlatshwayo bravely cleared the ball off the line. Then in injury time Thulani Serero wrong-footed the Cameroon defense, and his shirt was pulled as he lost his footing but the referee didn’t give the penalty rather controversially.