The tense encounter provided both teams with opportunities to score, but it was Bafana Bafana who emerged victorious, thanks to a goal from Evidence Makgopa in the 57th minute and Teboho Mokoena‘s strike in the 90th minute.
The match showcased the resilience and skill of both sides, with South Africa ultimately delivering a standout performance. Evidence Makgopa’s goal in the 57th minute shifted the momentum in favor of Bafana Bafana, setting the stage for an intense battle in the latter part of the game.
In a dramatic turn of events, Teboho Mokoena sealed South Africa’s victory with a goal in the 90th minute, securing their place in the quarterfinals. The 10-man Morocco team fought hard, but Bafana Bafana’s solid defense and clinical finishing proved decisive.
Achraf Hakimi missed a chance to equalize for Morocco from the penalty spot, but the missed opportunity allowed South Africa to clinch the win. The result sets up an exciting quarterfinal clash for South Africa, as they are set to face Cape Verde in the next round.
The quarterfinal encounter against Cape Verde is scheduled for Saturday, 3rd February, promising another thrilling chapter in South Africa’s journey in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.