Bafana finish playing Morocco

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Bafana Bafana qualified for the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in the Ivory Coast after defeating the highly regarded team from Morocco.

Evidence Makgopa and Teboho Mokoena’s goals ensured that South Africa finished the duel 2 – 0 at the Laurent Pokou Stadium.

In the 80th minute, Morocco had a chance to make the score one each, but Achraf Hakimi’s penalty attempt was unsuccessful.

A few minutes later, Mokoena’s goal put the game beyond the reach of the North African team.

South Africa will face the Cape Verde Islands in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Needless to say, coach Hugo Broos is delighted with the result.

“To beat a team like Morocco requires a special performance. They are a very good team with very good players. But we did our homework beforehand and we followed the right match tactics,” said the former Belgium player.

According to Broos, the first half was only a tentative story as the teams reached out to each other. In the second half, however, things started to catch fire.

“Morocco then had some good chances, but we scored the first goal and that is important. There were some tough duels and their big players made their presence felt, but the game was over when we got the second goal.”

The quarter-finals start on Saturday at 22:00.

  • Goals:

South Africa: Evidence Makgopa and Teboho Mokoena.