South Africa 1 – 0 Egypt


South Africa 1 – 0 Egypt

South Africa host Egypt in the 2016 Nelson Mandela Challenge at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday, seeking a morale-boosting victory against The Pharaohs.

With plenty of talk that this could be the last game in charge for Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba, he needs his side to put on a show in what is essentially a friendly fixture.

Mashaba has persisted with lone striker Thamsanqa Gabuza, but has been able to recall Keagan Dolly after the Mamelodi Sundowns man missed the 1-1 draw with Mauritania with a hamstring injury.

Starts for Dean Furman and Mandla Masango are the other changes from the side that played in Mbombela.

Egypt have been able to call on Zamalek defender Ali Gabr, who was an injury doubt, and coach Hector Cuper will start with Mohamed Salah, who plays for Roma in Serie A.

After Koka had gone close for Egypt, Bafana had the lead when Mandla Masango’s inch-perfect cross was superbly headed home by Mpho Makola.

Makola then had a chance to double the advantage when neat play from Keagan Dolly saw him find space in the box, but the Orlando Pirates man chose to shoot from an angle rather than cross and Ahmed El-Shenawy made the save in the Egyptian goal.

It remained 0-0 at the break with few additional chances, but the visitors had a great chance to equalise minutes into the second period, but Ibrahim Salah put his header well wide.

 

South Africa 1 - 0 Egypt

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