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Evidence Makgopa and Teboho Mokoena: All You Need to Know About South Africa’s AFCON Last 16 Heroes

Joel Reyes

January 31, 2024 at 1:22 PM

  • South Africa defeated Morocco to advance to the AFCON 2023 quarter-finals
  • Evidence Makgopa opened the scoring for Bafana Bafana in the second half
  • Teboho Mokoena sealed the victory for South Africa with a fantastic free kick

South Africa’s bid to win their second Africa Cup of Nations title remained right on track after they defeated Morocco in the Round of 16 on Tuesday night.

Evidence Makgopa and Teboho Mokoena starred for Bafana Bafana in the upset win, each scoring a goal in the second half.

Here’s all you need to know about South Africa’s newest football heroes.

Evidence Makgopa, Teboho Mokoena, South Africa, AFCON, AFCON 2023
Evidence Makgopa and Teboho Mokoena in action against Morocco at AFCON 2023. Images: Ulrik Pedersen/ SIA KAMBOU.
Source: Getty Images

Who is Evidence Makgopa?

Evidence Makgopa was born on June 5, 2000, in GaMampa, South Africa.

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He started his football journey with Baroka, playing for their youth academy beginning in 2018.

Makgopa was promoted to the first team in January 2020, making his debut for the club against the Hungry Lions in the Nedbank Cup on February 23, 2020.

He helped Baroka advance to the next round, scoring their second goal on his debut. He then made his league debut the following week against Bloemfontein Celtic.

He ended up making 11 appearances in the 2019-20 season, scoring a total of five goals during that campaign.

Makgopa currently plays for the Orlando Pirates, a team he joined in 2022.

He has been representing South Africa on the international stage since 2021. He made his debut for Bafana Bafana on June 8, 2021, appearing as a substitute and scoring a brace in the 3-2 win over Uganda.

He participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, scoring one goal in three appearances for South Africa in the Summer Games.

He will forever be remembered, though, for his goal against Morocco in their Round of 16 clash at the 2023 AFCON.

He timed his run perfectly before hitting his shot attempt past Bono to score South Africa’s opening goal.

Who is Teboho Mokoena?

Teboho Mokoena was born on January 24, 1997, in Bethlehem, South Africa.

He started his playing career with SuperSport United, rising from the youth ranks before joining the club’s first team in 2016.

He made his professional debut the following year and remained with the club until 2022. He scored 15 goals in 127 league appearances for SuperSport before making the switch to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The midfielder has scored two goals in 42 league appearances for the Sundowns.

He’s been part of South Africa’s youth teams, joining the U17, U20 and U23 squads. He was a member of the U23 team that participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

South African fans will forever remember him for his sensational free kick against Morocco at the 2023 AFCON.

He whipped in a set piece from just outside the box, curling his effort past Bono to seal the victory for Bafana Bafana.

South Africa’s road to the AFCON final

Sports Brief recently reported on South Africa’s road to the AFCON 2023 final.

They will next face Cape Verde in the quarter-finals.

If they prevail in that contest, Bafana Bafana will face the winner of the Nigeria vs. Angola match in the semis.