Bafana Bafana gears up for AFCON kickoff against Mali tonight

As the countdown clock ticks away, all eyes are fixed on Bafana Bafana as they prepare to launch their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with an opening clash against Mali tonight at the Stade Amadou Gon Coulibaly in Khorogo (Tuesday, 16 January 2024).

The much-anticipated match has garnered global attention, and fans both in South Africa and around the world are eager to witness what coach Hugo Broos’ squad will bring to the continental tournament in Cote d’Ivoire.

Percy Tau, a seasoned player with extensive continental experience, expressed the team’s hunger for success as they embark on their continental journey tonight.

“As a team, we’ve progressed immensely over the past two years, building up to this very moment,” said the Al Ahly striker adding: “We are determined to win, possessing the hunger and drive for success. We seek the best for ourselves and our country. Support is crucial for our journey, and we’re here, prepared to give it our all.”

Broos, whose leadership steered Cameroon to a surprise victory in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, downplayed comparisons between that squad and Bafana Bafana. However, he acknowledged his personal desire to see a similar triumph in Cote d’Ivoire.

“Winning AFCON again would be fantastic, and I genuinely aspire to achieve that. The unanticipated victory in 2017 was an indescribable moment. So, yes, I truly desire that for this Bafana Bafana team—we all do,” said Broos.

Preparations in Korhogo have been commendable, with tournament organisation, accommodations, training facilities, and meals meticulously managed. This attention to detail allows the team to concentrate solely on their goals for the tournament.

Bafana Bafana’s AFCON opener against Mali is scheduled for 10 pm local time, promising an exciting kickoff to their continental journey. Get ready to cheer on our team!

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