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AFCON 1996: Blast from the Past

By Matthew Collins - Feb 3, 2015
AFCON 1996: Blast from the Past

With the recent departure of Bafana Bafana from this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) group-stages, an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, wrapped in the current disappointment, has once again hit the nation’s football fanatics.

For it was on this day, in 1996, that Bafana Bafana lifted the Africa Cup of Nations trophy in South Africa, making them the first Southern African side to do so.

The team was unbanned in 1992 (due to apartheid), yet they still managed to walk into the international sporting arena and pull off a complete victory over Africa just four years later.

Nelson Mandela, having seen the Springboks to their IRB Rugby World Cup victory at Ellis Park the previous year, would once again lace a South African sporting-side with a destiny for greatness as he witnessed Bafana Bafana take the cup from the reach of Tunisia in the final held in Johannesburg.

The memories of that tournament will continue to remain fresh in the minds of many South Africans, for a long time to come.  

However, new-sporting history will be made when the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations final kicks off on the 8th of February; with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea and Ghana preparing to compete for a place on that glorious day.



1st semi-final:                                              DRC vs. Cote d’Ivoire                                    4th of February at 21:00

2nd semi-final:                                            Ghana vs. Equatorial Guinea                             5th of February at 21:00

Final:                                                           To be Decided                                               8th of February at 21:00



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