AFCON2023: South Africa Upset Morocco To Book Quarter Final Bout With Cape Verde

The Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Tuesday night, produced one of the major upsets in the 2023 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire, after knocking Morocco out with a 2-0 win in the round of 16. 

While the first 45min saw few goal scoring opportunities created, the Atlas Lions of Morocco got the best chance, but saw their goal disallowed by VAR. 

The second half was opposite to what the first half provided in-terms of drama and goals as South Africa took the lead in the 57th minute when striker Evidence Makgopa connected to a pass inside the 18-yard box to hit the ball into the bottom right corner of the net. 

After going down, Morocco had just one mission, to equalize. This led to the introduction more forwards. 

Morocco were awarded a penalty in the 83rd minute when a ball hit the hands of Teboho Mokoena in the South African 18-yard box and a penalty was awarded after VAR review. 

Achraf Hakimi stepped up to convert but he ended up hitting the ball against the crossbar and his effort went off the pitch. 

Sadly, Sofyan Amrabat was shown the exit for the Atlas Lions after a challenge on Mokoena.

South Africa took advantage of the numerical disadvantage and added the second goal to seal the game thanks to a wonderful free kick by Teboho Mokoena. 

South Africa will play Cape Verde on Saturday, February 3 at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium in Yamoussoukro at the quarter-finals.

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