AFCON 2023: Bafana Bafana of South Africa set to challenge Carthage of Eagles for a fist fight in knockout qualification race

Posted : 23 January 2024

The race for qualifications in Group E remains tight, as all the countries in the pairings have an outside chance to survive the drop and qualify for the knockout stage of the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), except Tunisia, which has only managed one point.

The group leaders, Mali, have four points, followed by South Africa with three points on goal difference, and Namibia claiming the third position with three points but fewer goals.

For this reason, fixtures will be played simultaneously in Group E, promising a thrilling encounter as Bafana Bafana of South Africa aims to challenge the bruised ego of the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.

With all four teams still nursing the hope of reaching the knockout stages, the last match will see Mali face Namibia. At the same time, the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia, who have the most work to do, will face South Africa and must avoid defeat, or else they will be out early in the AFCON showpiece.

The world should expect an explosive showdown at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium as South Africa and Tunisia lock horns in the decisive Round 3 match.

The second-placed South Africa, currently occupying that position, would definitely fancy their chances of securing a crucial victory and brightening their chances of advancing to the next stage regardless of whatever happens in the Namibia vs Mali match.

However, the less impressive Carthage Eagles of Tunisia, presently occupying the 4th position in the group with just one point, if well-determined, can turn the table to secure a win, which would have them on four points, enough to qualify as the third-best team. This is a similar situation to when they defeated the Super Eagles of Nigeria during the last AFCON in Cameroon.

Another interesting twist and turn in the event of this all-important match is that both countries, South Africa and Tunisia, are tied in their head-to-head records, each having three wins apiece with no draw yet.

It remains unclear what the result could be between both countries when they square up against each other in the last Group E match.



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