Kamohelo Mokotjo played the full 90 minutes, contributing an assist, as South Africa routed Seychelles in their African Cup of Nations Qualifier in Johannesburg on Saturday while Henrik Dalsgaard and Denmark drew in Dublin to remain unbeaten in the Nations League.
In South Africa, the home side scored three times in each half to cement top spot in Group E. Brentford midfielder Mokotjo was involved in the opening goal as his free-kick was headed into his own net by Nigel Nigel midway through the first-half. That was the first of three goals in a four-minute spell which decided the game; Thulani Hlatshwayo and Lebo Mothiba getting the other goals.
It took until the final 15 minutes for South Africa to add to their tally but that wasn’t for the want of trying. Visiting goalkeeper Romeo Barra was the busiest man on the pitch but there was nothing he could do as Percy Tau, Dino Ndovu, Teboho Mokoena found the net late on to wrap up one of Bafana Bafana’s biggest ever-competitive wins.
The result leaves them a point clear of Nigeria ahead of the return game against Seychelles on Tuesday.
In the Nations League, Henrik Dalsgaard earned his 18th Denmark cap as they drew 0-0 with Republic of Ireland in Dublin. It was a game of few chances, the best of which went the way of the away side. Jeff Hendrick should have given Ireland an early lead but after that it was The Danes who looked far the more likely to take the spoils.
Yussuf Poulsen diverted an effort wide from close range shortly before Pione Sisto clipped the outside of the post with a long-range effort. The best chance after the break saw Harry Arter clear Simon Kjaer’s header off the line as Ireland took their first points in Group B4.
Denmark remain top with four points from two games and head home on Tuesday night for a friendly against Austria at the MCH Arena, home of FC Midtjylland.