South Africa’s defender Dean Furman (L) fights for the ball with Senegal’s midfielder Sadio Mane during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Africa Group D qualifying football match between South Africa and Senegal. PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP
English Premier League pair Diafra Sakho and Sadio Mane played key roles as Senegal defeated South Africa 2-0 in Polokwane Friday to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
West Ham striker Sakho opened the scoring off a pass from Liverpool attacker Mane and both were involved in the move that led to a Thamsanqa Mkhize own-goal before half-time.
Victory gave Senegal an uncatchable five-point lead over Burkina Faso and Cape Verde in Group D with one round left.