Sakho, Mane star as Senegal book World Cup slot

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Senegal have qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation after securing a 2-0 away win over South Africa on Friday.

According to Federation Internationale de Football Association website, Diafra Sakho scored the opener for the visitors in Polokwane, before a somewhat fortuitous Thamsanqa Mkhize own goal sealed the three points for the Lions of Teranga.

The victory in Polokwane gave the "Teranga Lions" an unassailable lead at the top of Group D and with that their second appearance at the tournament.

Senegal will be on a high having reached their first World Cup since back in 2002, while Bafana's wait goes on as they turn their attentions to preparing for their African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign. Bottom-of-the-table South Africa lie seven ponts behind Senegal ahead of a return match in Dakar next Tuesday, with Burkina Faso hosting Cape Verde at the same time. Senegal are the third African qualifiers for the World Cup in Russian Federation after Nigeria and Egypt, who secured places during the penultimate qualifying round last month. "We are going to represent all of Africa in Russian Federation next year and will do our best to make everyone proud".

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South Africa goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune played with a protective white mask after fracturing a facial bone in a club match last weekend.

After a bright opening from the hosts, it was an incisive piece of passing that put Senegal in the lead on 12 minutes.

Bafana came even closer a few minutes later when Mkhize's low cross into the box was met by Lebogang Manyama, whose shot cannoned off the crossbar with N'Diaye well beaten.

South Africa introduced midfielders Andile Jali and Siphiwe Tshabalala midway through the second half, but neither made an impact.

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