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Africa Cup of Nations: South Africa beat Namibia to boost chances of last 16

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South Africa left it late to beat neighbours Namibia in Cairo

South Africa boosted their chances of reaching the last 16 by beating neighbours Namibia 1-0 in the Africa Cup of Nations Group D.

Bongani Zungu headed past Lloyd Kazapua from a second-half corner to score his country’s first goal of the tournament.

Moments earlier, Deon Kavendji’s close range effort was cleared off the line for Namibia in Cairo.

South Africa will attempt to secure a place in the last 16 when they face group leaders Morocco on Monday.

They had the better chances of a disappointing first half, although Themba Zwane could only fire their best effort straight at goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua.

Namibia moved the ball with greater urgency and Kavendji’s pace was a threat down the left but his final ball was often wayward.

Stuart Baxter’s side improved after the break as the impressive Zwane moved over to the left, and the break-through came from a set-piece as Zungu beat his marker to head in the winner.

Namibia still have an outside chance of automatic qualification themselves, but they will need to score their first tournament goal since 2008 to beat Ivory Coast, and hope group leaders Morocco beat South Africa by more than one goal.

Analysis

BBC Africa’s Nick Cavell

For a long time it looked like we’d have the first 0-0 of the tournament. It was a very poor derby. For much of the game it looked like a training session.

The one difference between the two sides was one man – Percy Tau – the Brighton striker who’s been out on loan. He was the only man who looked like he could make a difference and indeed it was his corner that made the only goal of the game.

South Africa are one step closer to the knockout stages but Namibia will need to step up if they are to have any chance of making it through.

Live Text

Match ends, South Africa 1, Namibia 0.

Second Half ends, South Africa 1, Namibia 0.

Attempt missed. Hlompho Kekana (South Africa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Kamohelo Mokotjo (South Africa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Isaskar Gurirab (Namibia).

Corner, South Africa. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.

Attempt missed. Lebo Mothiba (South Africa) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Percy Tau.

Deon Hotto (Namibia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kamohelo Mokotjo (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Deon Hotto (Namibia).

Substitution, South Africa. Lars Veldwijk replaces Sibusiso Vilakazi.

Ramahlwe Mphahlele (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Riaan Hanamub (Namibia).

Substitution, South Africa. Kamohelo Mokotjo replaces Bongani Zungu.

Foul by Lebo Mothiba (South Africa).

Larry Horaeb (Namibia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Hlompho Kekana (South Africa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bongani Zungu.

Corner, Namibia. Conceded by Buhle Mkhwanazi.

Attempt saved. Percy Tau (South Africa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hlompho Kekana.

Themba Zwane (South Africa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Themba Zwane (South Africa).

Lloyd Kazapua (Namibia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Percy Tau (South Africa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Themba Zwane.

Foul by Sibusiso Vilakazi (South Africa).

Petrus Shitembi (Namibia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Namibia. Joslin Kamatuka replaces Manfred Starke.

Themba Zwane (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Deon Hotto (Namibia).

Attempt saved. Lebo Mothiba (South Africa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Percy Tau (South Africa).

Larry Horaeb (Namibia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Percy Tau (South Africa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Larry Horaeb (Namibia).

Goal! South Africa 1, Namibia 0. Bongani Zungu (South Africa) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Percy Tau with a cross following a corner.

Corner, South Africa. Conceded by Ronald Ketjijere.

Corner, South Africa. Conceded by Petrus Shitembi.

Substitution, South Africa. Ramahlwe Mphahlele replaces Thamsanqa Mkhize because of an injury.

Bongani Zungu (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ronald Ketjijere (Namibia).

Africa Cup of Nations: South Africa beat Namibia to boost chances of last 16

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