Dreams of Russia next year were looking rather dim for Bafana Bafana after the team’s World Cup hopes were handed a heavy blow back with an upset 1-2 defeat at the hands of the Cape Verde Islands in Tuesday’s group D qualifier at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
South Africa’s plummeted to the bottom of the group standings as Garry Rodrigues scored two wonder strikes to give the tiny nation of just 500 000 inhabitants a real chance of going to Russia instead.
It was among the most embarrassing defeat in the country’s footballing history but the Cape Verde must be credited for two brilliant strikes by their Dutch-born winger.
His first came from a long rage free kick and then second was a snap effort that gave Wayne Sandilands no chance.
South Africa managed to pull a goal back in the last minute to set up the chance of a glorious fight back but ran out of time.