JOHANNESBURG – Egypt here we come!
The Africa Cup of Nations dream became a reality for Bafana Bafana yesterday, thanks to the finishing brilliance of Percy Tau and Darren Keet’s impressively safe hands.
Tau showed just what a classy player he is with a brace that helped South Africa sink Libya in Sfax, Tunisia, last night. And to think that Stuart Baxter had initially not rated the nippy striker and left him out of the team. In the end it was the former SA Footballer of the Year who ensured Baxter kept his position as Bafana coach with his brilliantly taken goals in the second half.
Tau put Bafana ahead with a brilliant shot from the edge of the box, the forward feigning to shoot and then delivering a sweet strike that the keeper had no chance to stop. That lead, however, did not last too long as Keet conceded a silly penalty by inconceivably lifting his foot up while collecting the ball and kicking a Libyan striker. Ben Ali easily converted the chance.
But Tau put Bafana back ahead shortly thereafter with a fantastic shot from inside the box through a cluster of defenders. He should have completed his hat-trick some three minutes from the end but incredibly sent the ball wide.