Bafana Bafana and DR Congo Set for 2023 Afcon Bronze Medal Clash: Lineups Revealed

As the 2023 Afcon tournament reaches its conclusion, Bafana Bafana and DR Congo are gearing up for a face-off in the bronze medal match on Saturday night.

The South African squad faced a heart-wrenching defeat in a dramatic penalty shootout against Nigeria in the semi-finals, while DR Congo narrowly succumbed to the hosts, Ivory Coast, in their own semi-final showdown.

The Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny is set to host the third/fourth place playoff, offering both teams a chance at redemption and a coveted bronze medal.

South Africa’s Lineup:

The starting lineup for Bafana Bafana has been revealed, featuring the talents of Williams, Xulu, Sibisi, Modiba, Mudau, Sithole, Mokoena, Zwane, Mayambela, Morena, and Makgopa.

The substitutes for South Africa include Goss, Mothwa, Lepasa, Adams, Monare, Appollis, Mobbie, and Mashego.

Awaiting DR Congo’s XI:

The lineup for DR Congo is yet to be disclosed, adding an element of suspense to the eagerly anticipated match.

Kick-off and Viewing Options:

The action is scheduled to commence at 22:00 SAST, and fans can catch the live broadcast on SuperSport PSL and SABC1.

For those unable to access a television, live streaming is available on SABC+ without the need for a subscription.

Coach Broos’ Perspective:

Reflecting on the disappointment of the semi-final defeat against Nigeria, Bafana coach Hugo Broos shared his thoughts with Sowetan.

Broos expressed pride in coaching the team, emphasizing the quality displayed in the Afcon tournament.

Despite the setback, he acknowledged the upcoming match’s significance and pondered on the motivation levels of the teams.

Broos questioned the necessity of playing for third or fourth place, highlighting that, in his view, the ultimate importance lies in securing the top position.


As the countdown begins for the bronze medal clash, both Bafana Bafana and DR Congo aim to salvage pride and end the tournament on a positive note.

The spotlight is on the players as they prepare to leave a lasting impression, with the outcome of the match determining who claims the coveted bronze medal in the 2023 Afcon.

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