Bafana Bafana plots Morocco AFCON elimination

Edwin  - CEO January 29, 2024
Updated 2024/01/29 at 7:24 PM
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Morocco v South Africa
Morocco v South Africa

Hugo Broos confident of upsetting ‘favourite’ Morocco



2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finalist Morocco will face South Africa in the round of 16 of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023 on Tuesday, January 30, at the Stade Laurent Pokou in San Pedro.


The game promises to be a thrilling encounter between two of Africa’s greats.


In Group E, South Africa finished second. Although they got off to a shaky start against Mali, the Bafana Bafana bounced back with a resounding 4-0 win over Namibia before drawing with Tunisia, which led to the latter’s elimination.


Often expected to perform at the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON, South Africa has failed to meet expectations. Their most recent success was eliminating Egypt in the Round of 16 of the 2019 TotalEnergies CAF AFCON, but they eventually fell short.


Hugo Broos’ men are looking to go far in the competition this time.


Percy Tau, Themba Zwane, and Thapelo Morena will have to contend with one of the best defensive units of the competition in Romain Saïss and Nayef Aguerd.


Morocco is one of the teams nobody wants to face. Ever since their dazzling run at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, the Atlas Lions have been tough for everyone they have crossed paths with.


Their ambition has been clear: to go as far as possible in the tournament and win the trophy.


So far, everything is going according to plan for the Atlas Lions. The 1-1 draw with DR Congo left a few doubts. The final match against Zambia in the group phase, which they won 1-0, clearly indicated the team’s ambition.


Walid Regragui – Morocco coach


“It’s a knockout match. It’s a change of competition. We can’t afford to make any mistakes. We’ve done well so far, but we want to do better.  We have a lot of respect for South Africa. They were the last team to beat us on the continent. We’re not in a favorable position, so I insist on my group’s humility.


Boufal is out and his TotalEnergies CAF AFCON Côte d’Ivoire 2023 is over. He has a muscular problem and, barring a surprise, we won’t see him again.


Ziyech is also suffering from his ankle. The medical staff and I are doing everything possible to get him back on the pitch. If we have to risk with him, we’ll take it”.


Hugo Broos, South Africa coach


“This TotalEnergies CAF AFCON Côte d’Ivoire 2023 is full of surprises, as we’ve seen from the start. We already beat Morocco a year ago and can do it again.  Anything is possible, and we want to create another surprise in this competition. We’re confident. We believe in ourselves and in what we can do. We’ll have to go into this match with the same frame of mind we’ve had recently, but I want us to be at a very high level”.

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