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AFCON quarter-finals: All matches and kickoff times

The final eight nations at AFCON 2023 in Ivory Coast will slug it out for semi-final slots soon. Here are all the clashes and kickoff times. How far can Bafana Bafana go?

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AFCON quarter-final lineup

Friday 2 February

  • Nigeria vs Angola (19:00)
  • DR Congo vs Guinea (22:00)

Saturday 3 February

  • Mali vs Ivory Coast (19:00)
  • Cape Verde vs South Africa (22:00)

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Cape Verde
Ghana’s midfielder #13 Joseph Paintsil reacts as he falls during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 group B football match between Ghana and Cape Verde at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan on January 14, 2024. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

Bafana have a steely spine

Teboho Mokoena is grabbing the headlines and pulling the strings, but Sphephele ‘Yaya’ Sithole is doing a whole lot of dirty work alongside the Sundowns man. Together, they’ve become a formidable central pairing that can go deep into the tournament. Mothobi Mvala has been superb in the centre of defence for South Africa, helping them to three clean sheets in four games (huge credit also to skipper Ronwen Williams), but the work Sithole does shielding the back four is invaluable. If he can keep it up, the 24-year-old won’t be playing in the second tier of Portugal for long.

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Bafana Bafana Sphephelo Sithole
Bafana Bafana midfielder Sphephelo Sithole urges his teammates to bring their A game against Morocco. Image: (@SphepheloSithole/Instagram)

Meanwhile, hit up James Freemantle for more insights, analysis and love for the beautiful game.

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