South Africa once again failed to hold onto a lead at the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with Senegal in Mongomo.
Oupa Manyisa gave Bafana Bafana the lead at the start of the second half with a low strike from inside the area, but a towering header by Genk defender Kara Mbodji just after the hour mark earned Senegal a draw.
The result leaves Senegal top of Group C with four points from two matches, one point clear of both Algeria and Ghana, who met earlier in the day with the Black Stars winning 1-0.
South Africa, meanwhile, are bottom with just one point to their name and must beat Ghana in their last match next Tuesday to stay in the competition.
Bafana Bafana threw away a lead in a 3-1 defeat to Algeria in their opening game and this latest inability to see out a result seriously compromises their chances of progressing.
The second match of the day in Mongomo was a game of few chances, although a Senegal side that showed five changes from their win over Ghana started the brighter of the two teams.
In the 11th minute, Senegal goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul tipped a shot from the edge of the box by Sibusiso Vilakazi behind for a corner, and seven minutes later Thuso Phala was only prevented from shooting inside the area by a timely tackle.
Papa Diop’s free-kick at the other end in the 24th minute was fired straight at South Africa goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane, who was picked ahead of the dropped Darren Keet.
And on the stroke of half-time, Senegal striker Mame Biram Diouf headed wide off a corner from inside the box.