By Moses Adeyemi

Three goals in 16 minutes secured maximum points for algeria as they win there first AFCON game Algeria are among the favourites to win the tournament but looked to be heading for defeat when Thuso Phala gave Bafana Bafana a deserved second-half lead at Estadio de Mongomo.

South Africa striker Tokelo Rantie then missed a penalty a few minutes later and that was to prove costly as Algeria fought back to win their Group C opener.

Thulani Hlatshwayo’s own goal pegged Shakes Mashaba’s men back and Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam added insult to injury by putting Algeria in front five minutes later.

Islam Slimani then sealed the points with a third goal, which goalkeeper Darren Keet should have kept out, as South Africa were left to reflect on what might have been.

All hope is not lost as each team still have two games to play.