AFCON 2023: South Africa Bounces Back With Emphatic Win

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The Bafana Bafana of South Africa has revived their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with an emphatic 4-0 win over regional rivals Namibia in a Group E match played at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Korhogo on Sunday night. Percy Tau opened the scoring before Themba Zwane added two outstanding goals, as Bafana Bafana blitzed the wasteful Brave Warriors, and effectively had the game wrapped up inside the first 40 minutes.

Thapelo Maseko added a fourth in the second half to round out a fine display from the 1996 continental champions. The result saw South Africa rise to second place on the log on three points; one behind leaders Mali with Namibia dropping back to third place (three points), and Tunisia (one point) rounding out the quartet.

Both teams are guaranteed a place in the last 16 if they win their deciding matches for the knockout stage on Wednesday (17:00 GMT), when South Africa face Tunisia and Namibia meet Mali. The Brave Warriors can beat the 1996 champions to automatic progression by bettering their result, while either nation will have hope of qualifying as one of the four best third-placed teams if they finish immediately outside of the top two.

Hugo Broos’ players claimed the largest win in their country’s history at the AFCON finals, and the widest margin of victory of any of the 24 matches played at the 2023 edition so far. The only four-goal victory at the 2021 tournament came in a 4-0 win for Tunisia over Mauritania during the group stage.

Man of the match, Themba Zwane said his approach to every game involves him getting a goal. “Each game, I go with confidence of scoring goals. Players that attack need to score, and I am glad to have scored, and received this award. It means a lot to get the Man of the Match award, and very happy to get the win today”, said the soft-spoken Zwane.

Commenting on his next opponent, Zwane said they would do a thorough analysis on Tunisia and plan accordingly for the north African giants. “We know that it is not over yet. It’s going to be a difficult one against Tunisia. We are going to analyze them properly and come with a plan. We know that we definitely need win to in order to qualify”, said the South African playmaker.

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