Bafana’s Africa Cup of Nations opponents revealed at tournament draw

Bafana Bafana have discovered their Africa Cup of Nations fate after the draw for the group stages of next year’s continental tournament was conducted in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on Thursday night.

With South African Football Association (SAFA) President Dr Danny Jordaan in attendance, coach Hugo Broos’ charges were drawn in Group E and will fight it out with Tunisia, Mali and neighbours Namibia in the 34th edition of the event.

Broos will have watched the draw from Johannesburg, South Africa, as his team is in camp ahead of two international friendly matches against Eswatini and Côte d’Ivoire in the coming days.

The 1996 Africa Cup of Nations champions host Eswatini at FNB Stadium on Friday 13 October 2023 (kick off is at 6pm) and then travel to West Africa to face next year’s AFCON hosts Côte d’Ivoire on 17 October 2023.

Bafana Bafana were recently held to a goalless draw by Namibia during an international friendly match played at Orlando Stadium in September.

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