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South Africa take initial lead of Nigeria World Cup qualifying group



Nigeria’s main rivals in the Group C of the World Cup qualifiers, South Africa, have taken the lead after MatchDay 1.
The Bafana Bafana this Saturday beat Benin Republic  2-1 in South Africa.  The win, the first in the group has taken South Africa to the top, with three points.
Nigeria and Lesotho are joint second with a point and goal each. Rwanda and Zimbabwe also with a point but no goal  followed.
Benin with no point and the only defeated side so far in the group are last.
South Africa made hays early in the game, scoring in the second minute through Percy Tau.
Johnson Mudau doubled the lead in the second minute of the added time of the first half.

  Steve Mounie pulled a goal back for Benin Republic in the 70th minute.
Nigeria begin the MatchDay 2 of the group with a dicey tie with Zimbabwe in Rwanda on Sunday. A win will give Nigeria a lead ahead of highly predictable duel of Lesotho against South Africa as Bafana Bafana travel to Rwanda to for their Matchday 2 on Tuesday. 


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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