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2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Bafana with a chance to consolidate the top spot

A slow start in Group C hands Bafana a well weighted chance to build some early ground with a win over the hosts Rwanda.

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Bafana Bafana will be facing off against Rwanda on Tuesday afternoon at Huye stadium in Rwanda. Bafana goes into their first away match of the qualifiers at the back of a 2-1 home win over Benin, the only victory in the first round of fixtures in group C.

As reported on Bafana Bafana website, the team was scheduled to depart for Rwanda at 15:30 on Sunday afternoon. A slow start in Group C hands Bafana a well weighted chance to build some early ground with a win over the hosts Rwanda. The Super Eagles of Nigeria are the highest ranked team in the group, without a win in the first two games; South Africa can use the opportunity to state their early world cup qualification claim.

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Can Bafana withstand the hostile away conditions?

Bafana had to watch on as their competition exchanged a share of the spoils for the second game running, these results are nothing of a beneficial nature for Bafana; atleast for now as they still have to tilt the fortunes to their favour with a positive result in Rwanda. Nigeria will be looking on with a close eye after they have drawn their first two matches of the World Cup qualifiers at home to Lesotho and away against Zimbabwe.

South Africa on the other hand, are top of the group after a slender win at home to Benin. It was a match that looked comfortable for Bafana in the early stages of the game where they were able to penetrate Benin defense and caused them some problems. Percy Tau opened the scoring as early as the 2nd minute, the goal settled the nerves for the home side. Khuliso Mudau added the second goal on the stroke of Half-time.

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South Africa aiming to extend the lead

The match went into the half-time break with the hosts on the driving seat and looking good for all the 3 points. The second half started with a sense of command for the home side, that was until the 70th minute when Benin won the ball in their own half and broke forward on a counter, a cut-back from the right hand side found the foot of Mounie who wrong footed Rowen Williams to slot it home from close range. The match stayed like that as Bafana survived a late scare to take all 3 points.

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As Benin were able to capitalise on the errors made by Bafana, Rwanda will be looking to count on their home advantage to make life difficult for the visitors. The match will start at 15:00 on Tuesday afternoon.

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