AFCON CAMEROON 2021 Things you should know – South Africa vs. Mali

Both side will battle hoping to inspire their fans for different and personal reasons. South Africa hos of Afcon 2013 is so determined to win due to their country’s support and fan base which has been disappointed for a decade in the history of South African Football.

Mali will be looking to control the manoeuvring of the game towards making calls and carrying the day in other to qualify for the next round probably.

  • South Africa and Mali have only played each other on one previous occasion, with Mali the victor in the quarter-final of the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations.
  • Mali captain Seydou Keita will be playing in his 74th international match for Mali. He has scored 20 goals for the Eagles throughout his career.
  • South African coach Gordon Igesund believes his side will be playing without any pressure on Saturday, as they have achieved their initial goal of qualifying from the group stages.
  • The last time Bafana Bafana reached the quarter-final stage of the Afcon was in 2002 against the same opponents.
  • Mali finished in third place during the 2012 Afcon and will be hoping to go one step further in South Africa.


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