Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2024 match:
Bronze medal at the Africa Cup of Nations will be at stake when South Africa and D.R. Congo take on each other at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in the third-place playoff. Bafana Bafana showed character in the defeat to Nigeria and they are surely capable of matching the Leopards. Keep in mind, though, that Mamelodi Sundowns defender Grant Kekana is banned for the match.
D.R. Congo, on the other hand, failed to upset tournament hosts Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations semis, with Simon Haller sealing the victory for the Elephants. The Leopards and Bafana Bafana, though, seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we predict that they are going to play out a draw after 90 minutes. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team, but Spartak Moscow midfielder Theo Bongonda should sneak into the starting XI. The opposition back-line should have new Real Betis attacker Cedric Bakambu at bay.
Highlighted Player (Cedric Bakambu):
Cedric Bakambu is considered one of the best African strikers. He was a French youth international and he played for les Tricolores at the 2010 UEFA U19 European Championship. France defeated Spain in the final of the tournament and that is regarded as Bakambu’s biggest success, speaking of his international career.
However, despite playing for France youth teams, Cedric Bakambu decided to represent DR Congo at senior level and he made his debut for the Congolese national team against Cameroon. He scored his first goal for DR Congo in a 2-1 win over Angola on 26 March, 2016. Speaking of his club career, the pacey attacker played for Sochaux from 2010 to 2014 and on 1 September, 2014 he moved to Bursaspor.
After scoring 13 goals in 27 league appearances for the Turkish outfit, Bakambu signed a five-year deal with La Liga side Villarreal on 19 August, 2015 and he has been playing for the Yellow Submarine ever since. The Congolese striker made his Villarreal debut on 23 August, 21015 in a 1-1 draw with Real Betis.
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,