2015 Africa Nations Cup, Group Stage 2015
  • Oupa Manyisa (47')
  • Kara Mbodji (60')

Senegal rally for draw, go to top of Group C

Senegal went top of Group C in the African Nations Cup as they fought back to draw 1-1 with South Africa in Mongomo.

The draw moves Senegal on to four points from two games, with Ghana and Algeria tied on three and South Africa bottom of the group on one.

Having dominated the first half, South Africa took the lead within two minutes of the restart when Oupa Manyisa coolly converted Tokelo Rantie's cross at the far post.

But Alain Giresse's Senegal equalised on the hour when South Africa goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane advanced off his line into no-man's land and Kara Mbodji punished him with a firm header.

The onus was on South Africa after their opening-day defeat to Algeria and Sibusiso Vilakazi twice went close early on, first steering Rantie's cross over and then forcing a save from Bouna Coundoul in the Senegal goal.

But Thulani Hlatshwayo's injury put them at risk of them losing their momentum and the defender eventually left the action complaining of double vision after at first trying to play on.

Senegal, though, were struggling to fashion any chances of note and South Africa again threatened when Manyisa sent a rising effort over the bar and Andile Jali opted to pass rather than shoot when in a promising position and the chance was lost.

Thabo Matlaba also curled his shot wide of the post and South Africa almost paid for their profligacy when Senegal had the best opportunity of the first period right on half-time.

Papakouli Diop's corner made its way to Mame Biram Diouf all alone at the far post six yards out, but the Stoke striker planted his header wide when it seemed easier to score.

Senegal had to take more risks after Manyisa's goal and Southampton striker Sadio Mane thought he had punished Mabokgwane's fumble only to be thwarted by a linesman's flag.

However, Senegal were not to be denied and Mbodji was in the right place as the erratic Mabokgwane wandered from his goal.

South Africa were fading as an attacking force but substitute Reneilwe Letsholonyane burst through the middle and fed Rantie, who was denied by a great block by Mbodji.

Senegal finished on top and Diouf and Dame N'Doye almost grabbed winners in the final quarter with Mabokgwane partially redeeming himself for his earlier error.