Preparations for 2023 AFCON by Bafana’s group stage rivals

Bafana Bafana’s AFCON Preparations: Countdown to Kickoff

With less than a week remaining until the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) commences in Ivory Coast, the anticipation is growing among Bafana Bafana and their Group E rivals—Namibia, Mali, and Tunisia.

All teams are intensifying their preparations, aiming to make a lasting impact on the continental stage during the tournament scheduled to run from January 13 to February 11.

Group E Battles: January 16-24

Group E matches, featuring Bafana Bafana and their counterparts, are scheduled to kick off from January 16 to 24.

The participating nations are determined to secure a spot in the knockout stages, adding an extra layer of competition to the group stage matches.

Bafana Bafana’s Final Preparations

Under the guidance of coach Hugo Broos, Bafana Bafana is conducting their training camp locally.

Prior to their departure for Ivory Coast, they are set to play an international friendly against Lesotho at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Thursday, January 11—a crucial part of their final preparations behind closed doors.

Opponents’ Strategies Unveiled

Mali: Eagles’ Strong Home Camp

The Mali national team, known as the Eagles, has chosen to hold their preparatory camp in their home country before heading to Ivory Coast.

Coach Eric Sekou Chelle has unveiled a robust 27-man squad, and the West African side is scheduled to face Guinea-Bissau on January 6 at Stade du 26 Mars.

Their AFCON opener against Bafana Bafana is set for January 16.

Tunisia: Carthage Eagles’ Home Advantage

The 2004 African champions, Tunisia, have also opted for a home-based preparation strategy.

Coach [Coach’s Name] has selected a 27-man squad that will play two friendly matches at Stade Olympique Hammadi Agrebi against Mauritania and Cape Verde on January 6 and 10, respectively, before their AFCON opener against Namibia on January 16.

Namibia: Brave Warriors in West Africa

Namibia’s national team, the Brave Warriors, has chosen to conduct their preparations in West Africa, specifically in Ghana.

Under coach Collin Benjamin, the 23-man squad is engaged in rigorous training, culminating in a friendly match against Ghana at Baba Yara Sports Stadium on January 8.

As the AFCON excitement builds up, the spotlight is on these teams as they make their final adjustments, each with the goal of leaving an indelible mark on the tournament.

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