July 20, 2024

DO OR DIE: Bafana Have All To Do In Liberia

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The moment of truth will dawn for South Africa as they clash with the North Africans in an all-important qualification match.

FILE PHOTO: Bafana Bafana star in action against Liberia during the Afcon clash at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. PICTURE: Getty Images

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JOHANNESBURG: Burnley striker Lyle Foster opened the scoring after Al Ahly star Percy Tau was brought down in the box by Liberia’s goalkeeper.

Bafana Bafana’s hopes of qualifying for the African Cup of Nations 2023, which will be held at Ivory
Coast in 2023, took a bump last Friday, 24 March 2023. South Africa played to a two-all draw against
Liberia at the Orlando Stadium Soweto.

Burnley striker Lyle Foster opened the scoring after Al Ahly star Percy Tau was brought down in the box by Liberia’s goalkeeper, giving the referee no choice but to point to the penalty spot. The Burnley attacker completed his brace in the first half with a header from a corner, the home team were cruising as they headed to halftime.

Bafana failed to use their home-ground advantage against the Lone Stars as Hugo Broos’ men surrendered a two-goal lead, and allowed Liberia to creep back into the match and leave South Africa with a precious point.

Bafana had opportunity after opportunity to put the game away, but it wasn’t to be as forwards like Tau, Bongokuhle Hlongwane, and Saleng squandered their chances to put the game beyond Liberia’s reach.

As things stand in Group K, the on-form team Morocco has already booked their ticket to the
continental showpiece in Ivory Coast, as they have beaten both Libya and South Africa, giving the Atlas
Lions six points, and with Zimbabwe banned by Fifa the second spot of qualification is a straight tussle
between Bafana and Liberia.

Bafana needs to win their game in Liberia in order to qualify with four points, head-to-head will guarantee their passage if they win in Liberia. If they lose against Liberia automatically progress to the Afcon tournament.

If both sides play a draw again, then the team that progresses will be the one that took more points against Morocco in their final group games. But if they cannot be separated by head-to-head then goal difference will come into play.

Bafana will have to be composed and be clinical in Liberia to secure passage to the African showpiece, and with coach Hugo Broos coming under fire from members of the media it will be an exciting game.

Kick-off for Tuesday 28 March Afcon qualifier is at 18:00 pm, in Monrovia at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.

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