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Mokotjo helps South Africa maintain World Cup chance

South Africa win as Justin Shaibu scores for Denmark Under-20 elsewhere

8 October 2017

Kamohelo Mokotjo played the full 90 minutes and helped South Africa keep their hopes of World Cup qualification alive. The Brentford central midfield helped his country to a 3-1 win over Burkina Faso yesterday that means they are just two wins from the World Cup Finals in Russia next year. South Africa raced in to a 3-0 lead before half time and survived both a sending off and a late goal from their visitors to take the points.

Bafana Bafana are bottom of a very tight African Qualifying Group D with four points from their four games. But that only tells half the story. A win they achieved over Senegal earlier in the group was wiped out and the game will be replayed next month. Should South Africa win what has now become a home-and-away double header against Senegal, they will be on the plane to Russia.

Kamo’s appearance in South Africa’s win was his eighth for his country. A proposed friendly match next week has been postponed so the midfield man will now return to West London ahead of Brentford’s match against Millwall next week but he will hope to be involved in the two matches next month that could earn his country a World Cup place.

Closer to home, striker Justin Shaibu scored his first international goal for Denmark Under-20. The powerful forward earned his second cap for his that level in a friendly against Sweden. He opened the scoring in a 2-2 draw before being substituted. It was his 11th appearance for his country overall and his second goal.

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