Arrows give up two-goal lead to be held 2-2

Ayanda Patosi of Cape Town City

Scent ition

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 23:10

Golden Arrows let a two-goal slip to be held 2-2 by Cape Town City in an Absa Premiership clash at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday night.

Abafana Bes’thende looked on course for all three point after they claimed a two-goal lead through Siphelele Magubane and Jabulani Shongwe, but the Citizens struck back late on through Ayanda Patosi and Thabo Nodada to secure a share of the spoils.

The result sees both teams miss out on the chance to go to the top of the log. Arrows are second on 17 points from 12 matches, while City have the same tally from a game less.

The Durban side claimed the lead late in the first half through Magubane, who got the better of City goalkeeper Sage Stephens to leave the hosts 1-0 up the break.

Arrows’ advantage was doubled midway through the second stanza when Shongwe found the back of the net, putting them firmly on course for a first win since September.

However, City gave themselves a glimmer of hope with 10 minutes of regulation time remaining when playmaker Ayanda Patosi pulled one back, while in the 89th minute their comeback was complete when Nodada netted their second.

Both teams will be in action again on December 5: Arrows will be away to Free State Stars, while City will host Maritzburg United.

Golden Arrows (1) 2 (Magubane 39’, Shongwe 69’)
Cape Town City (0) 2 (Patosi 80’, Nodada 89’)

Arrows: Gumede, Dlamini (Mathiane 69’), Mngwengwe, Mzava, Nkombelo, Bilankulu, Fikizolo (Molefe 79’), Shongwe, Sibiya (Mutizwa 46’), Magubane, Lamola

City: Stephens, Mkhize (Gumede 90’), Fielies, Johannes, Seedat, Matsi, Patosi, Nodada, Masina, Koapeng (Moseamedi 56’) , Lakay (Ngoma 67’)

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Rise and Shine held to 0-0 draw in Polokwane – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Evans Rusike of Maritzburg Utd

Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 22:04

Polokwane City and Maritzburg United played to a goalless stalemate in an Absa Premiership clash at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Wednesday night.

The result extending the Team of Choice’s winless run in the league to seven matches, as they remain in 13th spot on the log standings. A third successive draw takes Rise and Shine up one spot to 11th.

The game struggled to kick into gear with neither side showing any real impetus in the opening half-hour, with nothing to write home about as the two teams failed to create any noteworthy attempts at goal.

Maritzburg finally conjured something notable in the 39th minute, but Evans Rusike was unable to convert following good work down the flank by Mxolisi Kunene.

Either side tried their luck from range in the closing exchanges of the half, but neither could find the back of the net before the break.

Rise and Shine, nor their Premiership counterparts were willing to take a leap of faith as the same tempo continued following the interval.

The game threatened to finally spark into life in the final 10 minutes, but it was not to be as both teams ultimately settled for a point apiece in what was a largely uneventful evening in the Limpopo province.

Polokwane City (0) 0

Maritzburg United (0) 0

Polokwane City: Chigova; Semenya, Ravhuhali, Tshilo, Maponyane, Seabi, Tlolane (Phiri 82′) [Musona 90+2′], W.Maluleke, J.Maluleke (Mngomezulu 87′), Ramagalela, Ndou.

Maritzburg United: Ofori; Sanoka, Xulu, Fransman, Makaringe, Rusike (Ntshangase 85′), Weidlich, Kunene (Shandu 90′), Maboe, Ndlovu, Mekoa.

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Unlucky AmaZulu held by Chiefs – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Mbongeni Gumede of AmaZulu

Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 21:48

Kaizer Chiefs held AmaZulu to a 0-0 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday night.

As a result, AmaZulu climb up to ninth spot on the league table, while Chiefs move up to sixth spot.

Chiefs shot-stopper Itumeleng Khune was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first-half as the hosts searched for the opening goal.

Siyethemba Mnguni tried his luck from range in the sixth minute and Khune made a decent save to deny the AmaZulu midfielder.

Usuthu were in control of the match with Amakhosi under pressure, but the hosts could not get their shots on target.

Mhlengi Cele had a chance to make it 1-0 to AmaZulu in the 20th minute and the striker fired wide of the target.

Khune, who was having a good game, produced two back-to-back saves with seven minutes left before half-time.

The South African international denied Mbongeni Gumede and Phumlani Gumede within a minute.

The score was 0-0 at the interval following a first-half which was dominated by AmaZulu, but they could not beat Chiefs captain Khune.

Usuthu had a chance to break the deadlock eight minutes into the second-half after they were awarded a penalty.

However, Khune came to Chiefs’ rescue once again as he made a good save to deny Manzini from the spot-kick.

Usuthu continued to launch attacks and Mhlengi Cele placed his effort over the crossbar in the 64th minute.

Boalefa Pule, Usuthu’s shot-stopper, then produced a great save to deny Gustavo Paez two minutes later as Chiefs searched for the opening goal.

The former South Africa youth international also denied Chiefs striker Bernard Parker in the latter stages of the game.

AmaZulu defender Phumlani Gumede received a red card in the dying minutes of the match and ultimately, the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

AmaZulu 0

Chiefs 0

AmaZulu: Pule B, Gumede P, Gumede M, Mtsweni, Sikhakhane, Morton, Ncube, Mnguni, Ncobeni (Karuru 60′), Cele (Daporh 90’+1), Manzini (Ntsundwana 82′).

Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Hadebe, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleka, Ekstein (Tshabalala 66′), Molangoane, Páez (Zuma 83′), Parker (Jayiya 88′).

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Chippa held 1-1 by Stars – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Edward Manqele of Free State Stars

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 20:25

Chippa United were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts Free State Stars at Goble Park in the early Absa Premiership match on Wednesday evening.

Both goals arrived late in the game, with the hosts taking a lead against the run of play thanks to a strike from Edward Manqele, while the visitors quickly equalised through James Okwuosa.

The result sees both teams rise up the log, temporarily at least: Ea Lla Koto are up one spot to ninth with 12 points from 10 matches, while the Chilli Boys go up three positions to fifth with 15 points from 11 outings in the league.

Chippa enjoyed the early possession but struggled to create clear-cut chances. Their best effort at goal in the opening half hour came via a 24th-minute free kick from Kurt Lentjies which flew just over the crossbar.

Stars gradually claimed a foothold in the game and on 38 minutes they nearly claimed the lead, with winger Sinethemba Jantjie denied at close range by a superb save from Chippa goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

Ea Lla Koto also created the first chance of the second half, with skipper Paulus Masehe getting on the end of a corner kick, only to see his effort travel over the target without troubling the ‘keeper.

Masehe had another go at goal – this time from long range – a few minutes later, but Akpeyi pulled off a good save, while shortly thereafter Chippa put Paseka Mako clean through, but he was unable to get the better of Badra Ali Sangare one-on-one.

On 64 minutes the Chilli Boys had another good opportunity when Phetso Maphanga teed up Lentjies, but he was unable to get the better of Sangare and was soon replaced by Moeketsi Sekola.

Sekola and the lively Mpho Mvelase continued to put Stars’ defence under pressure, but it was the hosts who broke the deadlock through substitute Edward Manqele in the 84th minute, with the striker coolly taking advantage of some slack defending.

Yet Ea Lla Koto’s lead was short lived, with the Chilli Boys equalising in the 86th minute: Menzi Masuku’s corner kick was headed home by defender James Okwuosa to see the match end 1-1.

Both teams will be in action again this weekend, with Stars away to Kaizer Chiefs and Chippa at home to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Free State Stars (0) 1 (Manqele 84’)

Chippa United (0) 1 (Okwuosa 86’)

Stars: Sangare, Mobbie, Keita, Mbhele, Phungwayo, Masehe, Mokhuoane, Jantjie, Maphakisa, Dlamini, Anas

Chippa: Akpeyi, Macheke, Okwuosa, Bergman, Maphanga, Mvelase, Mabaso (Zuke 61’), Mdlinzo, Mako, Lentjies (Sekola 65’), Julies (Masuku 81’)

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FUS held 0-0 by TP Mazembe

Hmza Semmouni (L) of FATH Union Sport in action against Raiford Kalaba (R) of TP Mazembe during the semifinal of the 2017 Confederations Cup match between FATH Union Sport and TP Mazembe in Rabat on 21 October 2017 .. © BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 22, 2017. 00:36

FUS Rabat’s dream of advancing into the CAF Confederation Cup final was shattered on Saturday night when they were held 0-0 by TP Mazembe in Morocco.

The result at the Stade de FUS in Rabat secured a 1-0 aggregate triumph for Mazembe, who move into the final and remain on course to defend their continental crown.

The first half presented few attacking opportunities at either end, with TP Mazembe happy to sit back, absorb whatever the hosts could throw at them, and look to hit on the counter.

Rabat were able to enjoy the majority of ball possession, but it was a classic case of sterile domination, with the Ravens holding their opponents at arm’s length.

FUS started strongly in the second half and created a good chance for Brahim El Bahraoui, but the striker wasn’t able to convert and bring the teams level on aggregate.

Mazembe gradually began to come out of their shell as the game wore on, with substitute Meshak Elia a particular threat after coming off the bench to replace captain Rainford Kalaba.

Yet neither side was able to work an opening in the 90 minutes, allowing Mazembe to see out a 0-0 draw and secure their place in the final.

The DR Congo giants will face either SuperSport United or Club Africain over two legs in November.

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Al Ahly held 2-2 at home by Esperance

Al Ahly player Abdalla El Said soccer his goal during the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup game between Espérance Sportive and Al Ahly at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt on 16 September 2017

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 16, 2017. 21:12

The eagerly-anticipated CAF Champions League clash between Al Ahly and Esperance de Tunis finished in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Saturday night.

The result in the teams’ quarterfinal, first leg match at the Borg El Arab Stadium outside of Alexandria leaves the Tunisians as favourites heading into next weekend’s return clash.

Al Ahly claimed an early lead when Saad Samir converted from the penalty spot in the 12th minute to make it 1-0 to the Egyptian giants.

However, the Red Devils’ ascendancy was short lived: Esperance drew level just before the midway point of the first half, with Fosseni Coulibaly providing a fine finish to make it 1-1.

The half time break saw the teams level still level, with the Tunisians no doubt the happier of the two after scoring a valuable away goal.

And the Blood and Gold didn’t have to wait long for their second to arrive: just three minutes after the restart Ghailene Chaaleli netted to put the Tunis side 2-1 up.

Midway through the second half it was the Red Devils’ turn to mount a fightback, as they drew level through Walid Azaro in the 67th minute to bring the score to 2-2.

The return leg will be played next Saturday evening at the Olympic Stadium in Rades. The aggregate winners will face either Etoile du Sahel or Al Ahly Tripoli in the semifinals.

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Kaizer Chiefs held by 10-men Wits

Lorenzo Gordhino of Kaizer Chiefs during 2017 MTN8 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban South Africa on 12 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 16, 2017. 20:13

Despite scoring first through Siphiwe Tshabalala, Kaizer Chiefs failed to claim the full three points as they drew 1-1 against Bidvest Wits on Saturday evening at the FNB Stadium.

In the wake of the draw, coach Steve Komphela’s men now occupy the eighth spot with five points from four matches so far.

As early as the second minute, the Clever Boys showed their intentions and exchanged good passes as Granwald Scott unleashed a powerful shot, but goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune collected.

In the 11th minute, Khune was called in to produce a fine save as he denied Gamal from a powerful header.

Steve Komphela’s men tried to attack the Clever Boys, but they failed to create chances and threaten the visiting defence.

However, in the 36th minute, skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo saw his well-struck shot saved by Khune, who initially spilled the ball.

Just before the end of the first half, Wits were reduced to 10 men when Nazeer Allie was shown his second yellow card for a foul on Siphiwe Tshabalala.

There were no goals in the opening half, but Amakhosi showed more ambition when they returned from the tunnel.

Steve Komphela’s men exchanged good passes and Tshabalala unleashed a shot trying to test Moeneeb Josephs from a distance, but the effort went wide of the right corner of the post.

However, in the 64th minute, Tshabalala broke the deadlock as he converted from close range to easily slot the ball into an empty net after a wonderful cross by Kgotso Moleko on the right flank.

Despite playing with a man down, Wits took the game to their hosts and Vincent Pule tried to beat Khune from the edge of the area a minute later, but the keeper slightly touched the ball to hit the crossbar.

The defending champions continued to pile pressure on the Soweto giants and with two minutes left to wrap the encounter, substitute Frank Mhango packed a powerful shot from a distance and Khune managed to punch the ball away from danger.

Right in injury time, Gamal managed to beat the Chiefs defence and delivered a brilliant shot to beat Khune on his right-hand corner, making it 1-1.

For the Braamfontein-based side, their second draw leaves them sitting at number 14 with two points on the log table and they are still chasing their first win in the 2017/18 league campaign.

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 1 (Tshabalala 64’)

Bidvest Wits (0) 1 (Gamal 90+2’)

Chiefs: Khune, Moleko, Gordinho, Cardoso, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleka (Buchanan 67’), Jayiya, Meyiwa, Tshabalala (Twala 78’), Paez (Parker 72’)

Wits: Josephs, Allie, Khumalo, Hlatshwayo, Hlanti, Claasen (Ntshangase 57’), Pienaar (Mhango 64’), Scott (Motshwari 57’), Pelembe, Pule, Gamal

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Nigeria held, but still on course for Russia 2018 – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Victor Moses – Eagles star

Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 04, 2017. 21:34

Nigeria will have to wait until at least the next round of qualifying matches to secure their place at the 2018 World Cup after they were held 1-1 by Cameroon on Monday night.

The teams’ stalemate at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde leaves the Super Eagles on 10 points at the top of Group B, while the Indomitable Lions are third on three points. Zambia can close to within three points of the top of the table if they beat Algeria in Constantine on Tuesday.

Having been thrashed 4-0 by Nigeria on the weekend, the stalemate provides at least some redemption for Cameroon, who fought back from a goal down to share the spoils.

Both teams took their time in settling into the match, with Nigeria particularly happy to sit back and let their hosts make most of the running in the early minutes.

The Super Eagles gradually warmed to their task and began to threaten from a strong of set pieces.

On the half hour mark, in the wake of a dead-ball scenario, Victor Moses drove a low cross toward goal that was only half-saved by Fabrice Ondoa, and Moses Simon arrived to sweep home the loose ball and put Nigeria ahead.

Three minutes later it was nearly 2-0, with Odion Ighalo turning his marker inside out before firing a left-footed shot just over the target.

Cameroon started strongly in the second half, but struggled to find a way past Nigeria’s resilient defence – led by the centre-back pairing of Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong.

Just past the hour mark coach Hugo Broos made a double change by introducing Christian Bassogog and Vincent Aboubakar to boost his attack, while Nigeria responded by sending on Ndubisi Agu for the tiring John Obi Mikel.

Midway through the second half Moses almost doubled the visitors’ advantage, as he showed great skill and composure to open up shooting space in the box, only to see his effort skim the crossbar.

Cameroon drew level with 15 minutes of regulation time to play, as Aboubakar converted a debatable penalty which had been given away in a collision between goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Arnaud Djoum.

Ezenwa was in major action again in the 84th minute, as he superbly parried a snap shot from Aboubakar, before getting up to make a brave stop at the feet of Collins Fai.

Cameroon (0) 1 (Aboubakar 75’ pen)

Nigeria (1) 1 (Simon 30’)

Cameroon: Ondoa, Fai, Teikeu, Banana, Leuko, Zambo Anguissa, Djoum, Siani, Moukandjo (Bassogog 62’), Olinga (Ngamaleu 81’), Nsame (Aboubakar 62’)

Nigeria: Ezenwa, Shehu, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Echiejile, Onazi (Etebo 87’), Ndidi, Mikel (Agu 65’), Simon, Moses, Ighalo (Iheanacho 80’)

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DR Congo held in Brazzaville

Delvin Ndinga of Congo is challenged by Gabriel Zakuani of DR Congo

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 19:46

Congo-Brazzaville and Democratic Republic of Congo drew 0-0 in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Friday.

The Central Zone first-leg encounter was played at the Stade Municipal de Kintele in the city of Brazzaville.

The home side created chances, but Beranger Itoua and Junior Makiesse could not convert them in the first time.

The score was 0-0 during the half-time break with the hosts having failed to beat DR Congo goalkeeper Levy Matampi.

With his side struggling to break the deadlock, Congo-Brazzaville coach Barthemely Gatsono introduced Harris Tchilimbou in the second-half.

The Leopards of DR Congo continued to frustrate the Red Devils and Congo-Brazzaville attacker Matheus Botamba missed the target in the closing stages.

Nevertheless, the encounter ended in a 0-0 stalemate and the second-leg match will take place in Kinshasa next weekend.

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Mbabane Swallows held by Stars in Rustenburg

Sabelo Wilson Ndzinisa of Mbabane Swallows during the CAF Confederation Cup match between Platinum Stars and Mbabane Swallows on the 08 July 2017 at Moruleng Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Jul 08, 2017. 21:22

Although they scored through Wonder Nhleko and Sabelo Ndzinisa, Mbabane Swallows drew their final CAF Confederation Cup, Group B match 2-2 against Platinum Stars at Moruleng Stadium on Saturday.

Robert Ng’ambi’s brace ensured the hosts bagged a point as they remain placed at the bottom of the log table with three points from six matches, with three draws and as many losses.

On the other hand, the Swazis now finish at number three with five points from two draws, one win and three losses.

As early as the eighth minute, Swallows had their first shot when Nhleko unleashed a powerful volley which was saved by goalkeeper Steven Hoffman.

Thabo Vilakati’s men continued to push for an early goal as they were better in ball possession, but they were not decisive in the final third.

However, the Swazi giants managed to break the deadlock through Nhleko in the 21st minute when his well struck free kick was deflected into the goal, 2-1.

Dikwena tried to penetrate the Birds, but Milton Dlamini’s charges were not clinical in front of goal.

Despite enjoying the ball possession towards the end of the opening, Stars looked ordinary when going forward and were 1-0 down at half time.

Although Dikwena were expected to react and find an equaliser, there were no clear cut chances in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

The South African side continued to pile on the pressure and Katlego Khunou saw his curling shot saved by Ginindza in the 58th minute.

Against the run of play, Swallows made it 2-0 in the 69th minute with a powerful header through Ndzinisa after a cross from the left flank.

Dikwena managed to pull a goal back when Ng’ambi beat Ginindza on the near post after a dangerous set piece by skipper Vuyo Mere, 2-1.

With eight minutes to go, Nale was denied by the woodwork as he tried to find an equaliser as he saw his well-drilled effort beat Ginindza, but it came off the upright.

Stars showed resilience and continued to fight for an equaliser, Ng’ambi eventually made it 2-2 with a fine header from a corner bringing the hosts back into the game.

Despite their push to get a third goal, Stars exited the tournament with no victory next to their name, but managed to secure a point at home.

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Zesco held 1-1 in derby ahead of key CAF clash – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

Zesco United coach Serbian Krmpotic

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 18:00

Zesco United were held to a draw in a domestic league derby clash against Buildcon in midweek as they prepare for a crucial CAF Confederation Cup match.

Zesco host Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid in a crucial Group C clash this weekend which will determine whether they join their Sudanese opponents in the quarterfinals.

The Ndola based club were held 1-1 in a domestic league clash by Buildcon on Wednesday. The teams share the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium as their home base.

Jesse Were opened the scoring for Zesco later in the first half, but Buildcon equalised after the break through Chavda Maisha.

Zesco fielded a weakened line-up, with coach Zlatko Krmpotic keeping one eye on their African commitments on the weekend.

“It was a good game for our opponents but not for us. But with all the travelling we have done in the last few days, a point is good enough,” Krmpotic is quoted by SuperSport.

“I noticed in the second half that we were not very aggressive; I don’t know what happened but I think it was all down to fatigue. My players are tired.

“If you noticed, the team we put out today is not our first XI because we wanted some of our players to rest.

“And since we have a crucial game with Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid on Sunday, it is difficult to motivate players in a league game,” said Krmpotic.

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Zimbabwe held goalless by Madagascar

Liberty Chakoroma of Zimbabwe challenged by Andriamirado Andrianarimanana of Madagascar during the Cosafa Castle Cup match between Zimbabwe and Madagascar at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 28 June 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jun 28, 2017. 18:57

Zimbabwe were held to a goalless draw by Madagascar in a Cosafa Cup clash at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The result sees the teams locked at four points apiece at the top of Group B, with the Warriors leading on goal difference. Both Seychelles and Mozambique will hope to make up ground when they play the other pool match later on Wednesday.

The opening 20 minutes of play produced no attacking play of note, with both teams settling into the match and finding their rhythm in front of a sparse crowd at the venue.

Zimbabwe’s first clear chance arrived in the 21st minute as Blessing Majarira sprung the offside trap and drew goalkeeper Leda off his line, only to put his effort from a tight angle into the side netting.

Had Majarira held his composure and squared the ball across the penalty area instead, his teammate Leeroy Mavunga would have had a tap-in.

Madagascar made few chances in the first half, though on 28 minutes they threatened through Tantely – he looked to pick out Boura from out wide, only for the striker to miss out under pressure from the Warriors’ defence.

Zimbabwe made two changes at the start of the second half, introducing Bruce Homora and Knox Mutizwa off the bench to replace Jameson Mukombwe and Majarira respectively.

Yet it was Club M who created the first chance after the restart, with more good work from Tantely to provide a cross for Rinjala, but the attacker put his shot from a tight angle over the target.

On 53 minutes Zimbabwe created a great chance when a cross from the left flank picked out an unmarked Ovidy Karuru in the middle, but his diving header was brilliantly saved with his feet by goalkeeper Leda.

Openings were then few and far between until the 77th minute, when Madagascar substitute Bila made an immediate impact with an awkward shot which forced George Chigova into a good save.

The Warriors were unlucky not be awarded two penalties in the dying minutes, with substitute Raphael Manuvire and Karuru both clearly upended in the box, but referee Joshua Bondo twice waved away their appeals.

The teams will wrap up their Group B campaign with the final round of matches on Friday: Madagascar will battle Mozambique at Moruleng Stadium, while Zimbabwe face Seychelles at Royal Bafokeng.

Zimbabwe 0

Madagascar 0

Zimbabwe: Chigova, Mukombwe (Homora 46’), Tigere, Chipeta, Mushure, Takwara, Chakoroma, Karuru, Chawapiwa (Manuvire 80’), Majarira (Mutizwa 46’), Mavunga

Madagascar: Leda, Tobisoa, Johny, Andoniania, Tantely, Ando, Lolode, Rinjala (Baggio 88’), Dax, Boura (Bila 76’), Nono (Bela 66’)

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Cameroon held to 1-1 draw in Saint Petersburg

epa06043765 Aaron Mooy (L) of Australia and Arnaud Djoum of Cameroon in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 group B soccer match between Cameroon and Australia at the Saint Petersburg stadium in St.Petersburg, Russia, 22 June 2017. EPA/ANATOLY MALTSEV

Bertin Basson

Thursday Jun 22, 2017. 19:07

Cameroon were made to rue several missed opportunities as Australia held the African champions to a 1-1 stalemate at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Thursday.

The result leaves both teams in a desperate position in Group B after two rounds of fixtures at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, with both teams now needing a win in their final game against Chile and Germany respectively to progress.

Either side conjured chances early on with Robbie Kruse and Vincent Aboubakar seeing their attempts at opposite ends of the pitch come to naught.

The Indomitable Lions ended the half the stronger of the two teams, notably winning four corner-kicks in succession as they turned the screw on their Australasian opponents.

Their persistence would finally pay off as André-Frank Zambo Anguissa found the back of the net with virtually the final kick of the half.

The midfielder racing onto a long ball forward by Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui before guiding a perfectly placed chip over the onrushing Mathew Ryan.

Australia eyed an immediate reply following the break as Tomi Juric saw his shot wide of goal following a pin-point cross by Mathew Leckie two minutes after the interval.

Aboubakar should have doubled the Indomitable Lions lead in the 57th minute, but with the goal at his mercy the burly forward could only succeed in guiding his rasping shot narrowly wide of goal.

He was made to pay for the miss on the hour mark as Australia pulled level from the penalty spot. Mark Milligan making no mistake from 12 yards following a reckless foul on Alex Gersbach inside the area. The video assistant confirming that the referee was correct in his judgement.

Cameroon dominated the final exchanges in terms of chances with Aboubakar wasteful on two more occasions before the final whistle.

Ultimately, though, the two teams would not be separated – doing either side no favours heading into the final round of group fixtures.

Cameroon: Ondoa; Mabouka, Teikeu, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Fai; Anguissa, Siani, Djoum; Moukandjo (Toko 77′), Aboubakar, Bassogog

Australia: Ryan; Wright, Sainsbury, Degenek – Milligan, Mooy – Gersbach, Rogic (Irvine 80′), Kruse (Troisi 65′), Leckie – Juric (Cahill 70′)

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