South Africa couldn’t qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations because of their 2-0 loss to Sudan on Sunday in a final-round Group C match in Omdurman.
In a game of former African Champions, Saifeldin Malik gave the Sudanese a fifth-minute lead with a strong header past goalkeeper Ronwen Williams off a free- kick.
Mohammed Abdelrahman scored the second on 31 minutes, taking advantage of hesitancy by captain Thulani Hlatshwayo before firing past Williams at his near post.
South Africa coach Molefi Ntseki substituted star forward Percy Tau after 60 minutes and shockingly replaced him with a defender, Sifiso Hlanti, given the desperate need for goals.
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Ghana thrashed Sao Tome e Principe 3-1 in Accra in a game played at the same time to finish first with 13 points, followed by Sudan (12), South Africa (10) and Sao Tome (0).
South Africa have gradually dropped as a Cup of Nations power house after hosting and winning the competition in 1996 and finishing second and third respectively in the following two editions.
Inability to qualify for the 2021 tournament in Cameroon means Bafana Bafana (The Boys) will miss the finals of the marquee African national team competition for the fourth time in seven editions.