Celebration time for Senegal as they face Bafana Bafana in final qualifier match: Preview, Prediction, Team News

Senegal vs South Africa

CAF Qualifiers Group D: Final match Preview, Predicted Lineup, Team News

It’s all done and dusted for Senegal after defeating South Africa in the CAF qualifiers last Friday. The 2-0 victory at Peter Mokaba Stadium means the Lions of Teranga will be heading to Russia to take part in the world’s biggest football fest for the second time in their history. Now facing the same side in the last match of the qualifiers on Tuesday night, the celebration has already begun all over the nation.

Meanwhile, South Africa needed a victory to stay alive for the qualification. Unfortunately, it’s now ‘try again’ for them following the frustrating loss in the home soil. South Africa failed to convert many chances before handing the result to Senegal. Whereas Senegal convincingly converted few chances they have had to win the game with the help of some heroic saves from their keeper.

Liverpool star Sadio Mane was again the standout performer for the Lions of Teranga. In the first half, he delicately sliced the ball through South African defenders for the first goal by Diafra Sakho. Mane also involved in the second goal as Bafana Bafana defender Thamsanqa Mkhize netted an own goal after the shambles.

Sadio Mane against South Africa
Sadio Mane against South Africa

The attacking midfielder Lebogang Manyama came close to level the score for Bafana Bafana as he hit the crossbar from the close range.  Percy Tau was unable to connect the ball on rebound following the poor clearance from Senegal goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye in the first half. In the second half, South Africa created multiple numbers of chances but failed to put the ball on the back of the net.

Senegal manager- Aliou Cisse
Senegal manager- Aliou Cisse

Former captain and now manager of Senegal national team, Aliou Cissé is delighted to lead his country to Russia. The former Birmingham City and Portsmouth defensive midfielder led the Lions of Teranga in their first ever World Cup in 2002. Surprisingly, Senegal defeated the defending champions France in the first group game of the competition and ended up reaching the quarterfinals.

The hosts of 2010 World Cup now have to start their journey from the scratch. Sitting in the bottom of the qualifier group, South Africa want to finish their qualifying campaign on a high note. On the other side, Senegal team will be confident going on the last round of the qualifier.

Team News:

We can expect few changes by both teams going into the last game of the group. Aliou Cissé might start with new players and rest the players who started in the last match. South Africa’s British head coach, Stuart Baxter also could be lining up with different players to face the winners of the group in Dakar.

No significant injuries in the last match mean the squad will be almost the same for both sides.

Predicted Lineup:

Senegal (4-3-3)


Gassama(RB), Sane(CB), Koulibaly(CB), Ciss (LB)

Kouyaté (CM), Alfred Ndiaye (DM), Gueye(CM)

Moussa Konaté (RF), Sow (CF), Keita (LF)



South Africa (4-2-3-1)

Itumeleng Khune (GK)

Mkhize(RB), Daniels (CB), Gould(CB), Hlanti(LB)

Furman(CM), Mokotjo(CM),

Zwane(RW), Vilakazi(CAM), Tshabalala(LW)




The result of this game might not be significant for both teams but it would be the morale booster for both. Senegal would want to finish the qualifier unbeaten whereas Bafana Bafana would like to gain some consolation after the frustrating qualifying campaign.

Our prediction: Senegal 2-1 South Africa

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