South Africa are on the brink of missing out on Africa Cup of Nations qualification after falling two goals behind against Sudan in Saturday’s do-or-die showdown.
After Bafana Bafana failed to get the job done at home against Ghana on March 25, they’ve left it to their final Group C game to ensure qualification.
Victory at home against the Black Stars on Thursday would have taken South Africa to the brink of the Nations Cup, but instead, the 1-1 draw at the FNB Stadium means they headed into Sunday’s meeting with Sudan only one point ahead of the Falcons of Jediane.
Still, a draw in Omdurman would have favoured South Africa, who would progress from the group along with Ghana. However, two first-half goals—from Saifeldin Malik Bakhit and Mohammed Abdel-Rahman—have left the visitors with a mountain to climb.
If Sudan win, they leapfrog Bafana and will qualify along with Ghana.
South Africa need two goals in the second half—and to concede no further goals—in order to progress to Cameroon and avoid the ignominy of missing out on the Nations Cup.
Ahead of the fixture there were some questions about whether the match would be broadcast or not, with many people questioning: “Will Bafana Bafana be televised today?” or “On which channel is Bafana Bafana playing today?”
It had been anticipated that Bafana would be on SABC 1, but before the game, the South African Broadcasting Corporation revealed in a strongly worded tweet that they had been priced out of the broadcast rights for the match.
Fortunately, there were other options available for South Africa fans, even if supporters weren’t able to watch the game via conventional broadcast means.