Bafana beat World Cup semi-finalists Morocco to make it to the Acon quarter-finals.
Written by Ayanda Nyuswa on 31 January, 2024
By: Simtho Dladla
Bafana Bafana produced a big upset to knock ten-man Morocco out of the Africa Cup of Nations at the Round of 16 stage, beating the continent’s top-ranked nation 2-0 in a smash-and-grab performance in San Pedro.
Evidence Makgopa and Teboho Mokoena scored in the second half to hand Bafana a win and a place in the quarterfinal where they will face Cape Verde on Saturday.
But Hakimi hit the bar from the spot, and things went from bad to worse for Morocco when Amrabat was adjudged to have fouled Mokoena as last man and was shown a second yellow, which was subsequently upgraded to a straight red after a VAR review.
And Mokoena sealed the win for South Africa by whipping home a brilliant shot from the free-kick he had just won, sparking jubilant scenes in the Bafana Bafana squad.
They will now face Cabo Verde in a quarter-final of AFCON underdogs, while Morocco will rue a huge missed opportunity to win the continent’s biggest prize.
The Bafana head coach Hugo Broos did admit his side had got lucky in the sense that Morocco missed several good chances.
image: safa X (Twiter)