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Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau. Photo: BackpagePix

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Bafana Bafana battles against odds

Bafana Bafana confronts high expectations at the 2024 Africa Cup, facing a tough challenge to reclaim their football glory.

12-01-24 13:32
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Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau. Photo: BackpagePix

As the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast approaches, South Africa’s Bafana is grappling with immense expectations. Their star forward Percy Tau admits the pressure is substantial, especially after their underperformance in recent years.

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In Group E, Bafana faces a formidable challenge. They are up against former champions Tunisia, Mali, and Namibia. This group is particularly intriguing, with only Namibia seen as the underdog. The pressure on the team to succeed is intense, especially given their inconsistent showing in recent tournaments.


Tau, playing for Egyptian giants Al Ahly, openly acknowledges the high expectations placed on Bafana. The disappointment of not qualifying for the last tournament has heightened the pressure. The team’s aspiration to rank among Africa’s elite faces a stern test in this competition.

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Ronwen Williams, the team’s captain and goalkeeper, urges a realistic approach. Acknowledging the team’s sporadic Cup of Nations appearances, Williams points out the challenges of the tournament’s intensity and the squad’s relative inexperience.

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Belgian coach Hugo Broos, who led Cameroon to victory in 2017, is seen as a beacon of hope for Bafana. His experience in African football could be pivotal for South Africa’s campaign.


Bafana faces stiff competition. Tunisia, with their experienced captain Youssef Msakni, and Mali, featuring Yves Bissouma of Tottenham Hotspur, are formidable opponents. Namibia, though less favored, cannot be overlooked.

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In sum, Bafana’s journey at the Africa Cup of Nations is a test of resilience under immense pressure. With a mix of hope and realism, the team embarks on a quest that is about more than just football; it’s about national pride and the drive to overcome adversity.