Bafana Win Mandela Cup, Nigeria Edge Niger, Gabon Hold Zambia

South Africa put the disappointments of losing to Mauritania in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier behind them, beating Senegal for the first time ever to win the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup.

Orlando Pirates forward Mpho Makola scored the only goal on his debut to give Bafana Bafana a 1-0 victory at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

Beaten 3-1 by Mauritania this past weekend, the Bafana Bafana needed to redeem themselves and so they did, Makola firing home from 25-yards out to give Shakes Mashaba’s men their first win over the Teranga Lions in seven encounters.

Oliseh gets first win

Meanwhile new Nigeria boss Sunday Oliseh tasted his first victory in charge of the Super Eagles in a 2-0 defeat of Niger in a friendly match at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

CSKA Moscow forward and captain for the game Ahmed Musa fired the Super Eagles in front from the spot after 11 minutes before Moses Simon scored his first international goal in the 85th minute.

Zambia held

Gabon keeper Moto Bitseki had his opposite number, Zambia’s Kennedy Mweene, stuck on his feet with a 78th minute penalty as the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations hosts held the Chipolopolo 1-1 in a friendly at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

Zambia captain Rainford Kalaba gave his team the lead, slotting a cross from Winston Kalengo in the 22nd minute but Bitseki ensured the spoils got shared on the night by converting a 78th minute penalty.

The friendly came just two days after Zambia beat Kenya 2-1 in a Group E AFCON 2017 qualifier match in Nairobi, while Gabon beat Sudan 4-0 in a friendly.

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