South Africa returned to winning ways as they thrashed Seychelles 6-0 in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group E game at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday. The victory took Bafana Bafana to the top of the group, while the Pirates remains fourth on the table. Before the match Seychelles were at the bottom of Group E with no points. South Africa were on second place on four points, equal with Libya, who were leading the group with a greater goal difference.
Bafana were hoping to comeback to winning ways in their qualifying effort having drawn 0-0 with Libya at home a month ago. Bafana dominated the game from the start and they managed to break the deadlock 22 minutes into the encounter. Seychelles defender Hoareau Nigel turned the ball into his own net to make it 1-0 to Bafana Bafana as the hosts’ pressure paid off. South Africa were running rampant as Lebogang Mothiba grabbed a goal to make it 3-0 to South Africa in the 26th minute. The France-based striker, who is on the books of RC Strasbourg, scored on his competitive debut for the senior national team. Seychelles backline, which was driven by Nigel, could contain Bafana until the point when South Sudanese official blew the whistle of a half-time break.
The score was 3-0 to South Africa following a first half which was ruled by the hosts. Bafana proceeded with their predominance after the restart with Percy Tau buckling down forthright as the forward hoped to put his name on the score sheet. He later had a chance to score in the 56th moment, however he set his effort over the crossbar. Seychelles goal-keeper Romeo Barra was the busier of the two goalkeepers as he made two incredible saves to deny Mothiba and Aubrey Modiba after the hour-check. However, Barra was beaten in the 74th minute when Mothiba combined with Tau, who then hit the back of the net to make it 4-0 to South Africa following a great move.
The momentum was with the hosts in the closing stages of the game as Dino Ndlovu scored with a composed finish to make it 5-0 with 10 minutes left on the clock. South Africa’s 6-0 victory over an outclassed Seychelles side was sealed by Teboho Mokoena, who scored with a header in stoppage time. South African stand a good chance to qualify for the African Cup of Nations.
The group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations started in June last year and only the top teams and the three best runners-up from the 12 groups will join host Cameroon in the finals in 2019.