Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2019 match:
Ivory Coast will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Uganda in their last friendly game when they take on South Africa in the opening match of their Africa Cup of Nations campaign. The Elephants aim to bring glory days back to the national team, but this time out they are not considered one of main favourites to win the trophy.
The fact that they head into their opener without pressure could prove fruitful for Ibrahim Kamara’s troops and, one thing is for sure, Wilfried Zaha and Co. are going to leave their hearts on the field. The Bafana Bafana, on the other hand, are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet and we predict that they are going to rely on their solid defence in Monday’s clash. A close encounter is on the horizon and we believe that one goal is going to separate the two sides at Al Salam Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Wilfried Zaha):
Wilfried Zaha is a football player who started his youth career at Crystal Palace aged 12. On 27 March 2010, Zaha made his first-team debut against Cardiff City and he continued playing for the Eagles until 25 January 2013, when he signed a deal with Manchester United for a reported £15m.
However, the pacey winger made no more than two appearances for Manchester United in the 2013/2014 Premier League campaign. In 2015 he joined his boyhood club Crystal Palace and went on to score four goals for the Eagles in the 2014/2015 Premier League season.
Wilfried Zaha was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, but he decided to represent England on the international stage. He made his debut for the Three Lions on 11 November, 2012 in a friendly game against Sweden. Wilfried Zaha made 13 appearances for the England U21 team as well and he scored one goal for the side.
Highlighted Team (South Africa):
Controlled by South Africa Football Association, South Africa national football team mainly play their home games at FNB Stadium which can hold up to 94,736 spectators. The Bafana Bafana qualified for their first FIFA World Cup in 1998, but they failed to advance to the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament in France.
Four years later South Africa participated at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea, with the team suffering once again suffering elimination in the group stages of the competition. South Africa were elected to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but despite defeating France in Group A, they eventually failed to book their place in the last 16.
The Bafana Bafana, though, did well to win the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, with the team beating Tunisia in the title game. South Africa played their first international game against Argentina back in 1906, with the team suffering a 1-0 loss to the Albiceleste,