This is how we rate our boys

Senegal's Lamine Gassama, left, fights for the ball with Bafana Bafana's Sibusiso Vilakazi during their Word Cup qualifier match at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Friday. Bafana lost 2-0 and crashed out of the 2018 football extravaganza. / Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters
Senegal's Lamine Gassama, left, fights for the ball with Bafana Bafana's Sibusiso Vilakazi during their Word Cup qualifier match at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Friday. Bafana lost 2-0 and crashed out of the 2018 football extravaganza. / Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters

Bafana Bafana's 2-0 defeat to Senegal means they are missing out on the World Cup next year, but did the boys do enough to win the match at home? Sunday World rates them.

Ratings out of 10

Itumeleng Khune, 6

He wasn't at fault for the two goals with the Senegalese strikers opening up the Bafana defence with ease on each occasion.

Thamsanqa Mkhize, 6

Some will remember the own goal he scored and that Senegal striker Mbaye Niang was easily finding space on Mkhize's side especially in the first half, but Mkhize, making just his second appearance, also showed a willingness to fight for the jersey.

Sifiso Hlanti, 5

He was nowhere to be found for both Senegal's goals. Hlanti appeared to struggle with the pace of the game and only had a couple of decent crosses, so wasn't able to use one of his strengths which is going up field and delivering those dangerous crosses.

Morgan Gould, 5

This was certainly not one of his best games. Firstly, he was caught out by Diafro Sakho's run that led to the latter scoring the first for Senegal and could have done better defensively to help prevent the second.

Clayton Daniels, 6

Like Gould, he struggled with Senegal's front men and couldn't close down players quickly especially for the first goal. So Daniels didn't partner Gould well this time.

Dean Furman, 7

Probably Bafana's best player on the night. Showed a lot of energy in fighting for the ball and he was aggressive against some tough opponents. Furman even came close to scoring with a long range strike.

Themba Zwane, 6

"Mshishi" had his moments in the first half and came close to scoring, but wasn't as influential in the second half and was taken off with about 20 minutes remaining.

Kamohelo Mokotjo, 6

Mokotjo always made himself available to his teammates and when he made a pass, he would move into space to create an option for the one in possession, but could have used his passing skills to send in the through balls.

Sibusiso Vilakazi, 7

'Vila' never stopped running and trying. He tried his best to link up with his fellow strikers, but not much worked out.

Lebogang Manyama, 5

He could have pulled Bafana back into the match, but hit the crossbar when Senegal were leading 1-0. He faded in the second half.

Percy Tau, 5

He struggled to get past the big Senegal defenders and always seemed to be pushed easily off the ball. With the benefit of hindsight, perhaps he could have done better if he was feeding off a bigger striker like Dino Ndlovu or Bradley Grobler.

Substitutes:Andile Jali, 6

Had about half an hour on the park after coming on for Manyama, but was playing too deep as he looked to get the ball and get the team moving forward.

Siphiwe Tshabalala, 5

Didn't see much of the ball in the 20 minutes that he played after taking over from Zwane.

Bradley Grobler

Didn't play long enough for a rating after replacing Vilakazi with seven minutes remaining.

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