Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2024 match:
There will be fireworks when South Africa and Tunisia lock horns at Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Bafana Bafana quickly bounced back from a 2-0 loss to Mali, with the team rolling over Namibia 4-0 in their second group game and, as things stand now, they should be happy with one point from the decider. Sphephelo Sithole is one yellow card away from suspension, while the opposition back-line should have experienced Mamelodi Sundowns forward Themba Zwane at bay.
The Eagles of Carthage, on the other hand, face a must-win situation in the last group game. As Tunisia will go for a win in Wednesday’s clash as well, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. As for the nominal visitors, both Seifeddine Jaziri and Aissa Laidouni are one yellow card away from suspension after the duo got booked in the draw with Mali.
Highlighted Player (Ellyes Skhiri):
After spending his youth career at Montpellier, Ellyes Skhiri continued playing for la Paillade at senior level. In 2019 he moved to Bundesliga side Koln, signing a four-year contract with the Billy Goats. Shkiri was born in Lunel, France on May 10, 1995, but he has a dual citizenship as his parents are of Tunisia descent.
The Koln midfielder made debut with the Tunisian national team in a 1-0 win over Iran on March 23, 2018 and he represented Tunisia at the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia later that year. Ellyes Skhiri’s main position is defensive midfielder, but he is capable of producing fine performances at both right and centre back.
His preferred foot is right and he has a contract with Koln until June 30, 2026. The Tunisia international made his Bundesliga debut on August 17, 2019 in a 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg and he scored his first ever goal in the German top flight in a 2-1 win over Freiburg on August 31, 2019.
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,